Top 10 Best Champions League Goal Scorers of All Time

Football/Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, with hundreds of millions of fans around the world watching every year and even more people playing the sport. While the World Cup is the most-watched football/soccer (and sporting) event overall, the UEFA Champions League is the most-watched annual sporting tournament. The annual Champions League even beats the Super Bowl in worldwide viewership. The UEFA Champions League is a competition that pits Europe’s best teams against each other for continent-wide bragging rights. It is the most prestigious club tournament in the world and also highly lucrative.

It is in the Champions League where world-class players are being made and where they get recognized as such. For strikers, whose primary goal on the field is to score goals, there is likely nothing more glorious on a club level to score goals in this most prestigious competition. The following ranking thus lists the current top 10 all-time best Champions League goal scorers by the number of goals they scored in the competition.

The Top 10 All-Time Best UEFA Champions League Goal Scorers

champions league all-time top goal scorers

(as of December 2021)

1. Cristiano Ronaldo


2. Lionel Messi


3. Robert Lewandowski


4. Karim Benzema


5. Raul Gonzalez



6. Ruud van Nistelrooy


7. Thierry Henry


8. Thomas Muller


9. Alfredo Di Stefano


10. Andriy Shevchenko



The 10 Best UEFA Champions League Goal Scorers of All Time

(as of December 2021)

Top 10 All-Time Best Champions League Goal Scorers
1. CRISTIANO RONALDO
140 goals in 181 games
2. LIONEL MESSI
125 goals in 154 games
3. ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI
82 goals in 102 games
4. KARIM BENZEMA
76 goals in 135 games
5. RAUL GONZALEZ
72 goals in 142 games
6. RUUD VAN NISTELROOY
56 goals in 73 games
7. THIERRY HENRY
50 goals in 112 games
8. THOMAS MULLER
50 goals in 130 games
9. ALFREDO DI STEFANO
49 goals in 58 games
10. ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO
48 goals in 100 games

Top 10 Champions League goalscorers of all time by the number of goals scored in the competition. Qualifying games do not count. Goals scored in the European Cup, the predecessor brand of the CL, do count.
Tiebreaker: Better/Higher goal ratio.


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