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Most goals in Champions League history: Ronaldo, Messi and the all-time leading scorers

The UEFA Champions League has already produced some sensational matches in the Round of 16 with the second legs to be played this week. 

PSG and Bayern face off in arguably the tie of the round and it was the German champions who took control with a narrow victory in the first leg. 

Kylian Mbappe and Mohamed Salah came into this latest round as the competition’s top scorers so far this season with seven goals apiece, but PSG’s main man failed to score and is now a goal behind the Liverpool No.11.

Both Salah and Karim Benzema, meanwhile, have begun to climb higher up the all-time standings when it comes to goals in this competition.

The Sporting News brings you a look at the all-time top scorers in Champions League and European Cup history.

MORE: Champions League top goal scorers 2022/23: Updated golden boot rankings

Who has the most Champions League goals ever?

Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way, having scored 140 goals in the competition during his illustrious career, which has seen him bag goals for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus in Champions League play. Of course, he will not be adding to that tally for now, with the Red Devils playing Europa League football during the 2022/23 season.

Lionel Messi, meanwhile, is second with 129 goals for Barcelona and PSG, while Robert Lewandowski is third having found the net on 91 occasions. The Poland international became the first player to score a hat-trick for three different teams in the competition (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Barcelona) after netting three times for Barcelona against Viktoria Plzen.

Karim Benzema is next, having risen up the list thanks to his incredible 2021/22 season, while a double at Anfield has brought him closer to the top three.

Rank Name Goals Appearances Years  Club (s)
1. Cristiano Ronaldo 140 183 2003-present Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus
2. Lionel Messi 129 160 2005-present Barcelona, PSG
3. Robert Lewandowski 91 111 2011-present Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona
4. Karim Benzema 88 146 2005-present Real Madrid, Lyon
5. Raul 71 142 1995-2011 Real Madrid, Schalke
6. Ruud van Nistelrooy 56 73 1998-2009 PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid


Thomas Muller 53 138 2009-present Bayern Munich
8. Thierry Henry 50 112 1997-2012 Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona
9. Alfredo Di Stefano 49 58 1955-1964 Real Madrid
10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic 48 124 2001-present Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, PSG
  Andriy Shevchenko 48 100 1994-2012 Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea

Where do Mbappe and Haaland rank in all-time Champions League goal scorers?

Aged 23 and 22 respectively, Kylian Mbappe and Haaland have already impressed in the Champions League and are expected to continue to do so for some time to come.

Mbappe is already in 19th place on the all-time Champions League scoring charts, with the striker having 39 goals in 58 games in the competition.

Kylian Mbappe Champions League goals

Season Goals Games
2016/17 6 9
2017/18 4 8
2018/19 4 8
2019/20 5 10
2020/21 8 10
2021/22 6 8
2022/23 6 5
Total 39 58

The majority of those have come for Paris Saint-Germain, but Mbappe also scored six Champions League goals for Monaco. His six goals to start the 2022/23 campaign suggests it will not take Mbappe long to break into the top 10.

Haaland, meanwhile, is tied for 33rd place, level with Ryan Giggs and Jean-Pierre Papin, but the Norway star has plundered 28 goals in just 23 appearances in the competition (Giggs did it in 145 total games and Papin needed 37 matches).

Erling Haaland Champions League goals

Season Goals Games
2018/19 8 6
2019/20 2 2
2020/21 10 8
2021/22 3 3
2022/23 5 3
Total 28 23

Lewandowski and Benzema, who are 34 and 35 respectively, have been prolific in the Champions League, but it is nearly impossible task for them to match Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of goals scored in the competition, needing upwards of 50 tallies to catch him. Likewise, Thomas Muller (33 years old) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (41 years old) don’t have time on their side.

Mohamed Salah is on 44 goals, but Mbappe and Haaland certainly seem the best bets in terms of getting close to surpassing Ronaldo’s achievement.

It is worth taking into consideration, though, that, despite being 37 years old, Ronaldo could still potentially add to his all-time record tally, which would make him even more difficult to catch — provided, of course, that he returns to play in the competition after his spell in Saudi Arabia.

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