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List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League top scorers

The UEFA Champions League, (usually referred to as simply the Champions League or historically as the European Cup), is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe. Prior to 1992, the tournament was officially called the European Champion Clubs' Cup but was usually referred to as simply the European Cup or European Champions' Cup. The competition was initially a straight knockout competition open only to the champion club of each country.

During the 1990s the tournament began to be expanded, incorporating a round-robin group phase and more teams. The expansion meant more games would be played, meaning that modern players have more chances to score, thus the list below is weighted in favour of modern players.

All-time top scorers (excluding qualifying rounds)

As of 26 November 2014.[1][2]
Player Country Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs
1 Lionel Messi 74 91 0.81 '05– Barcelona
2 Cristiano Ronaldo 71 108 0.66 '03– Manchester United, Real Madrid
3 Raúl 71 142 0.5 '95–'11 Real Madrid, Schalke 04
4 Ruud van Nistelrooy 56 73 0.77 '98–'09 PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid
5 Thierry Henry 50 112 0.45 '97–'10 Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona
6 Alfredo Di Stéfano 49 58 0.84 '55–'64 Real Madrid
7 Andriy Shevchenko 48 100 0.48 '94–'12 Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea
8 Eusébio 46 65 0.71 '61–'74 Benfica
9 Filippo Inzaghi 46 81 0.57 '97–'12 Juventus, Milan
10 Didier Drogba 44 91 0.48 '03– Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray
11 Zlatan Ibrahimović 42 105 0.4 '01– Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain
12 Karim Benzema 41 69 0.59 '06– Lyon, Real Madrid
13 Alessandro Del Piero 41 89 0.46 '95–'09 Juventus
14 Ferenc Puskás 36 41 0.88 '56–'66 Budapest Honvéd, Real Madrid
15 Gerd Müller 35 35 1 '69–'77 Bayern Munich
16 Fernando Morientes 33 93 0.35 '97–'09 Real Madrid, Monaco, Liverpool, Valencia
17 Samuel Eto'o 30 78 0.38 '99– Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Chelsea
18 Kaká 30 86 0.35 '03–14 Milan, Real Madrid
19 Francisco Gento 30 89 0.34 '55–'69 Real Madrid
20 David Trezeguet 29 58 0.5 '97–09 Monaco, Juventus
21 Roy Makaay 29 61 0.48 '00–'07 Deportivo La Coruña, Bayern Munich
22 Patrick Kluivert 29 71 0.41 '94–'06 Ajax, Barcelona
23 Wayne Rooney 29 81 0.36 '04– Manchester United
24 Jean-Pierre Papin 28 37 0.76 '89–'94 Marseille, Milan, Bayern Munich
25 Ryan Giggs 28 137 0.2 '93–'14 Manchester United
26 Rivaldo 27 73 0.37 '97–'07 Barcelona, Milan, Olympiacos
27 Mario Gómez 26 44 0.59 '07– Stuttgart, Bayern Munich
28 Mário Jardel 25 46 0.54 '96–'01 Porto, Galatasaray
29 Robin van Persie 25 59 0.42 '02– Arsenal, Manchester United
30 Hernán Crespo 25 65 0.38 '97–'07 Parma, Lazio, Internazionale, Chelsea, Milan
31 José Altafini 24 28 0.86 '59–'76 Milan, Juventus
32 Marco Simone 24 46 0.52 '89–'01 Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco
33 José Augusto 24 56 0.43 '59–'69 Benfica
34 Giovane Élber 24 69 0.35 '97–'04 Bayern Munich, Lyon
35 Arjen Robben 24 77 0.31 '02– PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich
36 Luís Figo 24 103 0.23 '97–'09 Barcelona, Real Madrid, Internazionale
37 Paul Scholes 24 124 0.19 '94–'13 Manchester United
38 Jari Litmanen 23 59 0.39 '93–'02 Ajax, Liverpool
39 Thomas Müller 23 61 0.38 '08– Bayern Munich
40 Frank Lampard 23 104 0.22 '01– Chelsea
41 Santillana 22 46 0.48 '71–'88 Real Madrid
42 Serhiy Rebrov 21 43 0.49 '93–'07 Dynamo Kyiv
43 Amancio 21 52 0.4 '62–'76 Real Madrid
44 Claudio Pizarro 21 72 0.29 '01– Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen
45 Romário 20 32 0.63 '88–'95 Barcelona, PSV
46 Luiz Adriano 20 39 0.51 '08– Shakhtar Donetsk
47 Paul Van Himst 20 39 0.51 '59–'75 Anderlecht
48 Nicolas Anelka 20 68 0.29 '98–13 Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea
49 Steven Gerrard 20 71 0.28 '01– Liverpool
50 Marco van Basten 19 27 0.7 '83–'93 Milan
Bold: Still active in Europe.

1. ^ Cristiano Ronaldo also played in the qualification stage in the competition for Sporting.
2. ^ Fernando Morientes also played in the competition for Marseille without scoring.
3. ^ Samuel Eto'o also played in the competition for Real Madrid without scoring.
4. ^ Patrick Kluivert also played in the competition for PSV without scoring.
5. ^ Rivaldo also scored a goal in the qualification stage in the competition for AEK Athens.
6. ^ Robin van Persie also played in the competition for Feyenoord without scoring.
7. ^ Jari Litmanen also played in the competition for Barcelona without scoring.
8. ^ Frank Lampard also played in the competition for Manchester City without scoring.
9. ^ Claudio Pizarro also played in the competition for Chelsea without scoring.
10. ^ Nicolas Anelka also played in the competition for Fenerbahçe without scoring.
11. ^ Marco van Basten also played in the competition for Ajax without scoring.

European Cup and UEFA Champions League top goalscorer by seasons

The top scorer award is for the player who amassed the most goals in the tournament, excluding the qualifying rounds.

Season Player Country Club Goals
1955–56 Miloš Milutinović Yugoslavia Partizan 8
1956–57 Dennis Viollet England Manchester United 9
1957–58 Alfredo Di Stéfano Argentina Real Madrid 10
1958–59 Just Fontaine France Stade Reims 10
1959–60 Ferenc Puskás Hungary Real Madrid 12
1960–61 José Águas Portugal Benfica 11
1961–62 Alfredo Di Stéfano Argentina Real Madrid 7
Bent Løfqvist Denmark B 1913
Ferenc Puskás Hungary Real Madrid
Heinz Strehl West Germany Nuremberg
Justo Tejada Spain Real Madrid
1962–63 José Altafini Italy Milan 14
1963–64 Vladica Kovačević Yugoslavia Partizan 7
Sandro Mazzola Italy Internazionale
Ferenc Puskás Hungary Real Madrid
1964–65 Eusébio Portugal Benfica 9
José Augusto Torres Portugal Benfica
1965–66 Flórián Albert Hungary Ferencváros 7
Eusébio Portugal Benfica
1966–67 Jürgen Piepenburg East Germany Vorwärts Berlin 6
Paul Van Himst Belgium Anderlecht
1967–68 Eusébio Portugal Benfica 6
1968–69 Denis Law Scotland Manchester United 9
1969–70 Mick Jones England Leeds United 8
1970–71 Antonis Antoniadis Greece Panathinaikos 10
1971–72 Antal Dunai II Hungary Újpesti Dózsa 5
Lou Macari Scotland Celtic
Silvester Takač Yugoslavia Standard Liège
1972–73 Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich 12
1973–74 Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich 8
1974–75 Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich 5
Eduard Markarov Soviet Union Ararat Yerevan
1975–76 Jupp Heynckes West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 7
1976–77 Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich 5
Franco Cucinotta Italy Zürich
1977–78 Allan Simonsen Denmark Borussia Mönchengladbach 5
1978–79 Claudio Sulser Switzerland Grasshopper 11
1979–80 Søren Lerby Denmark Ajax 10
1980–81 Terry McDermott England Liverpool 6
Graeme Souness Scotland Liverpool
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge West Germany Bayern Munich
1981–82 Dieter Hoeneß West Germany Bayern Munich 7
1982–83 Paolo Rossi Italy Juventus 6
1983–84 Viktor Sokol Soviet Union Dinamo Minsk 6
1984–85 Torbjörn Nilsson Sweden IFK Göteborg 7
Michel Platini France Juventus
1985–86 Torbjörn Nilsson Sweden IFK Göteborg 7
1986–87 Borislav Cvetković Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 7
1987–88 Gheorghe Hagi Romania Steaua Bucureşti 4
Jean-Marc Ferreri France Bordeaux
Rabah Madjer Algeria Porto
Ally McCoist Scotland Rangers
Petar Novák Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague
Míchel Spain Real Madrid
Rui Águas Portugal Benfica
1988–89 Marco van Basten Netherlands Milan 10
1989–90 Romário Brazil PSV 6
Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
1990–91 Peter Pacult Austria Tirol Innsbruck 6
Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
1991–92 Sergei Yuran Ukraine Benfica 7
Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
1992–93 Romário Brazil PSV 7
1993–94 Ronald Koeman Netherlands Barcelona 8
Wynton Rufer New Zealand Werder Bremen
1994–95 George Weah Liberia Paris Saint-Germain 7
1995–96 Jari Litmanen Finland Ajax 9
1996–97 Milinko Pantić Serbia and Montenegro Atlético Madrid 5
1997–98 Alessandro Del Piero Italy Juventus 10
1998–99 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 8
Dwight Yorke Trinidad and Tobago Manchester United
1999–00 Mário Jardel Brazil Porto 10
Rivaldo Brazil Barcelona
Raúl Spain Real Madrid
2000–01 Raúl Spain Real Madrid 7
2001–02 Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands Manchester United 10
2002–03 Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands Manchester United 12
2003–04 Fernando Morientes Spain Monaco 9
2004–05 Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands Manchester United 8
2005–06 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine Milan 9
2006–07 Kaká Brazil Milan 10
2007–08 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Manchester United 8
2008–09 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 9
2009–10 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 8
2010–11 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 12
2011–12 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 14
2012–13 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 12
2013–14 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 17

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Season winners by country

Country Titles Goals Seasons
Portugal[nb 1] 9 83 1960–61, 1964–65*, 1964–65*, 1965–66*, 1967–68, 1987–88*, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14
Germany[nb 2] 8 56 1961–62*, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75*, 1975–76, 1976–77*, 1980–81*, 1981–82
Spain[nb 3] 7 58 1961–62*, 1961–62*, 1963–64*, 1987–88*, 1999–2000*, 2000–01, 2003–04
Argentina 6 60 1957–58 1961–62* 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
France 6 40 1958–59, 1984–85*, 1987–88*, 1989–90*, 1990–91*, 1991–92*
Netherlands 5 48 1988–89, 1993–94*, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05
Brazil 5 43 1989–90*, 1992–93, 1999–2000*, 1999–2000*, 2006–07
Italy 5 42 1962–63, 1963–64*, 1976–77*, 1982–83, 1997–98
Hungary 5 38 1959–60, 1961-62*, 1963-64*, 1965–66*, 1971–72*
Yugoslavia 5 32 1955–56, 1963–64*, 1971–72*, 1986–87, 1996–97*
Scotland 4 24 1968–69, 1971–72*, 1980–81*, 1987–88*
Ukraine 3 24 1991–92*, 1998–99*, 2005–06
England 3 23 1956–57, 1969–70, 1980–81*
Denmark 3 22 1961–62*, 1977–78, 1979–80
Sweden 2 14 1984–85*, 1985–86
Soviet Union 2 11 1974–75*, 1983–84
  • * Two or more players were equal top scorers.

Season winners by player

Player Titles Goals Seasons
1 Lionel Messi 4 43 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
Gerd Müller 4 29 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75*, 1976–77*
3 Cristiano Ronaldo 3 37 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14
Ruud van Nistelrooy 3 30 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05
Ferenc Puskás[nb 4] 3 26 1959–60, 1961–62*, 1963–64*
Eusébio 3 22 1964–65*, 1965–66*, 1967–68
Jean-Pierre Papin 3 19 1989–90*, 1990–91*, 1991–92*
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Andriy Shevchenko 2 17 1998–99*, 2005–06
Alfredo Di Stéfano[nb 5] 2 17 1957–58, 1961–62*
Raúl 2 17 1999–00*, 2000–01
Torbjörn Nilsson 2 14 1984–85*, 1985–86
Romário 2 13 1989–90*, 1992–93
  • * Two or more players were joint top scorers.

Notes

  1. ^ In the 1964–65 season two Portuguese players were joint top scorers.
  2. ^ Includes West Germany but not East Germany.
  3. ^ In the 1961–62 season three Spanish players were joint top scorers.
  4. ^ Originally Hungarian, Puskás acquired Spanish nationality in 1962 and won three top scorer titles with both citizenships.
  5. ^ Originally Argentinian, Di Stéfano acquired Spanish nationality in 1956 and won two top scorer titles with that citizenship.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Champions League". World Football. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "UEFA Champions League All time leading scorers". Stat Bunker. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  3. ^ http://futbal.org/EC1.scorers.php
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