History of UEFA Champions League Top Goal Scorers

There has been a long run for the competition of the top Goal Scorers in the UEFA Champions League history. With different candidates from different clubs, some of which have retired from football/soccer and some footballers whose career is about to end. Also, some football players whose career is just starting.

History of UEFA Champions League Top Goal Scorers

Who is the Top Goal Scorer in UEFA Champions League History?

Cristiano Ronaldo holds the spot as the all-time top goal scorer in the UEFA Champions League. What a phenomenon player he is; Ronaldo has scored a total of 140 (UCL) champions league goals with POR, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus.

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Top 10 All-time Goal Scorers in UEFA Champions League till Date

Here is the top 10 list of players with the most UCL goals; Ronaldo currently top the list, while Messi and Lewandowski sit in the second and third positions respectively.

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Cristiano Ronaldo POR, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus 140
2 Lionel Messi ARG, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain 125
3 Robert Lewandowski POL, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern München 86
4 Karim Benzema FRA, Lyon, Real Madrid 83
5 Raúl González ESP, Real Madrid, Schalke 71
6 Ruud van Nistelrooy NED, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid 56
7 Thomas Müller GER, Bayern München 52
8 Thierry Henry FRA, Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona 50
9 Zlatan Ibrahimović SWE, Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United 48
10 Andriy Shevchenko UKR, Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea 48

 

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History of UEFA Champions League Top Goal Scorers By Season

Champions League Top Scorers List for 2021/2022

Pos Player Club Goals/Penalty
1 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 14 (2)
2 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 13 (3)
3 Sebastien Haller Ajax 11 (1)
4 Mohamed Salah Liverpool FC 8 (1)
5 Christopher Nkunku RB Leipzig 7 (0)
=6 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 6 (0)
=6 Kylian Mbappe Paris Saint Germain 6 (0)
=6 Riyad Mahrez Manchester City 6 (2)
=6 Leroy Sane Bayern Munich 6 (0)
=6 Arnaut Danjuma Villarreal FC 6 (1)
=6 Darwin Nunez Benfica 6 (1)
=7 Lionel Messi Paris Saint Germain 5 (2)
=7 Roberto Firmino Liverpool FC 5 (0)

 

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Champions League Top Scorers List for 2020/2021

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund 10 (1)
2 Kylian Mbappe Paris Saint Germain 8 (2)
3 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 6 (0)
=4 Youssef En-Nesyri Sevilla FC 6 (1)
=4 Olivier Giroud Chelsea FC 6 (1)
=4 Morata Juventus 6 (0)
=4 Neymar Paris Saint Germain 6 (1)
=4 Marcus Rashford Manchester United 6 (1)
=4 Mohamed Salah Liverpool 6 (1)
=5 Ciro Immobile Lazio Roma 5 (3)
=5 Rebert Lewandowski Bayern Munchen 5 (2)
=5 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 5 (4)

 

UEFA Champions League Top Goal Scorers List for 2019/2020

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munchen 15 (2)
2 Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund

RB Salzburg

10 (2)
3 Serge Gnabry Bayern Munchen 9 (0)
4 Memphis Depay Olympique Lyon 6 (2)
=5 Gabriel Jesus Manchester City 6 (0)
=5 Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur 6 (2)
=5 Dries Mertens SSC Napoli 6 (2)
=5 Raheem Sterling Manchester City 6 (0)
=4 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 5 (0)
=4 Mauro Icardi Paris Saint Germain 5 (0)
=4 Josip Ilicic Atalanta 5 (2)
=4 Lautaro Martinez Inter 5 (0)
=4 Kylian Mbappe Paris Saint-Germain 5(0)
=4 Heung-min Son Tottenham Hotspur 5 (0)
=4 Luis Suarez FC Barcelona 5 (1)

 

Champions League Top Scorers List for 2018/2019

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 12 (1)
2 Robert Lewandowski Bayern München 8 (2)
=3 Sergio Agüero Manchester City 6 (1)
=3 Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus 6 (1)
=3 Moussa Marega FC Porto 6 (2)
=3 Dušan Tadić AFC Ajax 6 (2)
=4 Paulo Dybala Juventus 5 (0)
=4 Edin Džeko AS Roma 5 (0)
=4 Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur 5 (0)
=4 Andrej Kramarić 1899 Hoffenheim 5 (1)
=4 Lucas Moura Tottenham Hotspur 5 (0)
=4 Neymar Paris Saint-Germain 5 (0)
=4 Mo Salah Liverpool FC 5 (2)
=4 Raheem Sterling Manchester City 5 (0)
=5 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 4 (0)

 

Champions League Top Scorers List for 2017/2018

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 15 (4)
=2 Sadio Mané Liverpool FC 10 (0)
=2 Roberto Firmino Liverpool FC 10 (0)
=2 Mo Salah Liverpool FC 10 (0)
=3 Wissam Ben Yedder Sevilla FC 8 (2)
=3 Edin Džeko AS Roma 8 (0)
=4 Edinson Cavani Paris Saint-Germain 7 (1)
=4 Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur 7 (0)
=5 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 6 (0)
=5 Neymar Paris Saint-Germain 6 (0)
=6 Vincent Aboubakar FC Porto 5 (0)
=6 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 5 (0)
=6 Coutinho Liverpool FC 5 (1)
=6 Gonzalo Higuaín Juventus Juventus 5 (1)
=6 Robert Lewandowski Bayern München 5 (1)
=6 Romelu Lukaku Manchester United 5 (0)

 

UEFA Champions League Top Goal Scorers List for 2016/2017

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 12 (0)
2 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 11 (2)
=3 Edinson Cavani Paris Saint-Germain 8 (1)
=3 Robert Lewandowski Bayern München 8 (4)
4 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund 7 (0)
=5 Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid 6 (2)
=5 Kylian Mbappé AS Monaco 6 (0)
=5 Sergio Agüero Manchester City 5 (1)
=5 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 5 (0)
=5 Radamel Falcao AS Monaco 5 (0)
=5 Gonzalo Higuaín Juventus 5 (1)
=5 Dries Mertens SSC Napoli 5 (0)
=6 André Silva FC Porto 4 (2)
=6 Ángel Di María Paris Saint-Germain 4 (0)
=6 Paulo Dybala Juventus 4 (1)

 

Champions League Top Scorers List for 2015/2016

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 16 (2)
2 Robert Lewandowski Bayern München 9 (0)
=3 Thomas Müller Bayern München 8(1)
=3 Luis Suárez FC Barcelona 8 (0)
4 Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid 7 (1)
=5 Artem Dzyuba Zenit St. Petersburg 6 (0)
=5 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 6 (1)
=6 Olivier Giroud Arsenal FC 5 (1)
=6 Javier Hernández Bayer Leverkusen 5 (1)
=6 Zlatan Ibrahimović Paris Saint-Germain 5 (0)
=6 Willian Chelsea FC 5 (0)
=7 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 4 (0)
=7 Nicolás Gaitán SL Benfica 4 (0)
=7 Hulk Zenit St. Petersburg 4 (0)
=7 Admir Mehmedi Bayer Leverkusen 4 (0)

 

Champions League Top Scorers List for 2014/2015

Pos Player Club Goals
=1 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 10 (3)
=1 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 10 (0)
=1 Neymar FC Barcelona 10 (0)
2 Luiz Adriano Shakhtar Donetsk 9 (3)
=3 Jackson Martínez FC Porto 7 (1)
=3 Thomas Müller Bayern München 7 (4)
=3 Luis Suárez FC Barcelona 7 (0)
=3 Carlos Tévez Juventus 7 (1)
=4 Sergio Agüero Manchester City 6 (2)
=4 Karim Benzema Real Madrid Real 6 (0)
=4 Edinson Cavani Paris Saint-Germain 6 (0)
=4 Robert Lewandowski Bayern München 6 (0)
=5 Yacine Brahimi FC Porto 5 (0)
=5 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar FC Schalke 04 5 (0)
=5 Mario Mandžukić Atlético Madrid 5 (0)

 

Champions League Top Scorers List for 2013/2014

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 17 (2)
2 Zlatan Ibrahimović Paris Saint-Germain 10 (1)
=3 Diego Costa Atlético Madrid 8 (1)
=3 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 8 (2)
=4 Sergio Agüero Manchester City 6 (2)
=4 Gareth Bale Real Madrid 6 (0)
=4 Robert Lewandowski Borussia Dortmund 6 (1)
=5 Álvaro Negredo Manchester City 5 (0)
=5 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 5 (0)
=5 Thomas Müller Bayern München 5 (1)
=5 Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund 5 (1)
=5 Arturo Vidal Juventus 5 (4)
=6 Edinson Cavani Paris Saint-Germain 4 (0)
=6 Fernando Torres Chelsea FC 4 (0)
=6 Gonzalo Higuaín SSC Napoli 4 (0)

 

UEFA Champions League Top Goal Scorers List for 2012/2013

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 12 (0)
2 Robert Lewandowski Borussia Dortmund 10 (1)
=3 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 8 (0)
=3 Thomas Müller Bayern München 8 (1)
=3 Burak Yılmaz Galatasaray 8 (0)
=4 Alan Sporting Braga 5 (1)
=4 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 5 (0)
=4 Jonas Valencia CF 5 (1)
=4 Ezequiel Lavezzi Paris Saint-Germain 5 (0)
=4 Oscar Chelsea FC 5 (0)
=5 Eliseu Málaga CF 4 (0)
=5 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar FC Schalke 04 4 (1)
=5 Kostas Mitroglou Olympiakos Piraeus 4 (0)
=5 Claudio Pizarro Bayern München 4 (0)
=5 Lukas Podolski Arsenal FC 4 (0)

 

Champions League Top Scorers List for 2011/2012

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 14 (4)
2 Mario Gómez Bayern München 12 (0)
3 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 10 (2)
4 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 7(0)
5 Didier Drogba Chelsea FC 6 (0)
=6 Edinson Cavani SSC Napoli 5 (1)
=6 Seydou Doumbia CSKA Moskva 5 (0)
=6 Alexander Frei FC Basel 5 (2)
=6 Bafétimbi Gomis Olympique Lyon 5 0)
=6 Zlatan Ibrahimović AC Milan 5 (2)
=6 José Callejón Real Madrid 5 (0)
=6 Roman Shirokov Zenit St. Petersburg 5 (0)
=6 Soldado Valencia CF 5 (0)
=7 André Ayew Olympique Marseille 4 (1)
=7 Óscar Cardozo SL Benfica 4 (0)

 

Champions League Top Scorers List for 2010/2011

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 12 (1)
=2 Samuel Eto’o Inter 8 (1)
=2 Mario Gómez Bayern München 8 (0)
3 Nicolas Anelka Chelsea FC 7 (1)
=4 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 6 (0)
=4 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 6 (1)
=4 Soldado Valencia CF 6 (0)
=5 Pedro FC Barcelona 5 (0)
=5 Raúl FC Schalke 04 5 (0)
=6 Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur 4 (0)
=6 Marco Borriello AS Roma 4 (0)
=6 Peter Crouch Tottenham Hotspur 4 (0)
=6 David Villa FC Barcelona 4 (1)
=6 Eduardo Shakhtar Donetsk 4 (0)
=6 Jefferson Farfán FC Schalke 04 4 (0)

 

Champions League Top Scorers List for 2009/2010

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 8 (0)
=2 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 7 (0)
=2 Ivica Olić Bayern München 7 (0)
3 Diego Milito Inter 6 (0)
=4 Nicklas Bendtner Arsenal FC 5 (1)
=4 Marouane Chamakh Girondins Bordeaux 5 (0)
=4 Wayne Rooney Manchester United 5 (0)
=5 Cesc Fàbregas Arsenal FC 4 (1)
=5 Edin Džeko Bosnia-Herzegovina 4 (0)
=5 Radamel Falcao FC Porto 4 (0)
=5 Zlatan Ibrahimović FC Barcelona 4 (0)
=5 Stevan Jovetić ACF Fiorentina 4 (0)
=5 Miloš Krasić CSKA Moskva 4 (0)
=5 Michael Owen Manchester United 4 (0)
=5 Pedro FC Barcelona 4 (0)

 

UEFA Champions League Top Goal Scorers List for 2008/2009

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 9(0)
=2 Steven Gerrard Liverpool FC 7 (3)
=2 Miroslav Klose Bayern München 7 (1)
3 Lisandro López FC Porto 6 (0)
=4 Emmanuel Adebayor Arsenal FC 5 (1)
=4 Karim Benzema Olympique Lyon 5 (0)
=4 Alessandro Del Piero Juventus 5 (1)
=4 Didier Drogba Chelsea FC 5 (0)
=4 Thierry Henry FC Barcelona 5 (0)
=4 Robin van Persie Arsenal FC 5 (3)
=5 Dimitar Berbatov Manchester United 4 (0)
=5 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 4 (0)
=5 Samuel Eto’o FC Barcelona 4 (1)
=5 Alberto Gilardino ACF Fiorentina 4 (0)
=5 Jádson Shakhtar Donetsk 4 (0)

 

Champions League Top Scorers List for 2007/2008

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 8 (1)
=2 Didier Drogba Chelsea FC 6 (0)
=2 Fernando Torres Liverpool FC 6 (0)
=2 Steven Gerrard Liverpool FC 6 (2)
=2 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 6 (1)
=3 Ryan Babel Liverpool FC 5 (0)
=3 Deivid Fenerbahçe 5 (0)
=3 Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden 5 (1)
=3 Frédéric Kanouté Sevilla FC 5 (1)
=3 Dirk Kuyt Liverpool FC 5 (0)
=3 Raúl Real Madrid 5 (0)
=4 Karim Benzema Olympique Lyon 4 (0)
=4 Cesc Fàbregas Arsenal FC 4 (0)
=4 Filippo Inzaghi AC Milan 4 (0)
=4 Frank Lampard Chelsea FC 4 (1)

 

UEFA Champions League Top Goal Scorers List for 2006/2007

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Kaká AC Milan 10 (3)
=2 Peter Crouch Liverpool FC 6 (0)
=2 Didier Drogba Chelsea FC 6 (0)
=2 Morientes Valencia CF 6 (0)
=2 Ruud van Nistelrooy Real Madrid 6 (2)
3 Raúl Real Madrid 5 (0)
=4 David Villa Valencia CF 4 (0)
=4 Nicolae Dică FC Steaua Bucureşti 4 (0)
=4 Filippo Inzaghi AC Milan 4 (0)
=4 Claudio Pizarro Bayern München 4 (0)
=4 Wayne Rooney Manchester United 4 (0)
=4 Louis Saha Manchester United 4 (1)
=4 Francesco Totti AS Roma 4 (1)
=5 Marcus Allbäck FC København 3 (0)
=5 Nery Castillo FC København 3 (0)

 

Champions League Top Scorers List for 2005/2006

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Andriy Shevchenko, AC Milan 9 (1)
2 Ronaldinho FC Barcelona 7 (2)
=3 Samuel Eto’o FC Barcelona 6 (0)
=3 David Trezeguet Juventus 6 (0)
=4 Adriano Inter 5 (0)
=4 Thierry Henry Arsenal FC 5 (0)
=4 Kaká AC Milan 5 (0)
=4 Johan Micoud Werder Bremen 5 (1)
=5 John Carew Olympique Lyon 4 (0)
=5 Julio Cruz Inter 4 (1)
=5 Vincenzo Iaquinta Udinese Calcio 4 (0)
=5 Filippo Inzaghi AC Milan 4 (0)
=5 Juninho Pernambucano Olympique Lyon 4 (0)
=5 Peter Løvenkrands Rangers FC 4 (0)
=5 Alex Fenerbahçe 3 (2)

 

UEFA Champions League Top Goal Scorers List for 2004/2005

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United 8 (1)
=2 Adriano Inter 7 (1)
=2 Roy Makaay Bayern München 7 (2)
=3 Hernán Crespo AC Milan 6 (0)
=3 Andriy Shevchenko AC Milan 6 (0)
=3 Sylvain Wiltord Olympique Lyon 6 (0)
=4 Didier Drogba Chelsea FC 5 (0)
=4 Michael Essien Olympique Lyon 5 (0)
=4 Thierry Henry Arsenal FC 5 (1)
=4 Ivan Klasnić Werder Bremen 5 (0)
=4 Luis García Liverpool FC 5 (0)
=4 Obafemi Martins Inter 5 (0)
=4 Tuncay Şanlı Fenerbahçe 5 (0)
=5 Barukh Dego Maccabi Tel Aviv 4 (2)
=5 Samuel Eto’o FC Barcelona 4 (0)

 

Champions League Top Scorers List for 2003/2004

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Morientes AS Monaco 9 (0)
 2 Dado Pršo AS Monaco 7 (0)
 =3 Roy Makaay Bayern München 6 (1)
 =3 Walter Pandiani Deportivo La Coruña 6 (1)
 =4 Didier Drogba Olympique Marseille 5 (0)
 =4 Thierry Henry Arsenal FC 5 (0)
 =4 Juninho Pernambucano Olympique Lyon 5 (2)
 =4 Benni McCarthy FC Porto 5 (0)
 =4 Hakan Şükür Galatasaray 5 (0)
 =5 Ludovic Giuly AS Monaco 4 (0)
 =5 Kaká AC Milan 4 (0)
 =5 Frank Lampard Chelsea FC 4 (0)
 =5 Luque Deportivo La Coruña 4 (0)
 =5 Robert Pirés Arsenal FC 4 (0)
 =5 Ronaldo Real Madrid 4 (0)

 

Champions League Top Scorers List for 2002/2003

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United 12 (0)
2 Filippo Inzaghi AC Milan 10 (0)
=3 Hernán Crespo Inter 9 (0)
=3 Roy Makaay Deportivo La Coruña 9 (0)
=3 Raúl Real Madrid 9 (0)
4 Jan Koller Borussia Dortmund 8 (0)
=5 Thierry Henry Arsenal FC 7 (0)
=5 Javier Saviola FC Barcelona 7 (0)
=6 Ronaldo Real Madrid 6 (0)
=6 Alan Shearer Newcastle United 6 (2)
=7 Yakubu Ayegbeni Maccabi Haifa 5 (2)
=7 John Carew Valencia CF 5 (0)
=7 Alessandro Del Piero Juventus 5 (1)
=7 Ryan Giggs Manchester United 5 (0)
=7 Christian Giménez FC Basel 5 (0)

 

Champions League Top Scorers List for 2001/2002

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United 10 (3)
 2 David Trezeguet Juventus 8 (0)
 =3 Thierry Henry Arsenal FC 7 (2)
 =3 Ole Gunnar Solskjær Manchester United 7 (0)
 =4 Michael Ballack Bayer Leverkusen 6 (0)
 =4 Diego Tristán Deportivo La Coruña 6 (1)
 =4 Giovane Élber Bayern München 6 (0)
 =4 Patrick Kluivert FC Barcelona 6 (0)
 =4 Michalis Konstantinou Panathinaikos 6 (0)
 =4 Raúl Real Madrid 6 (0)
 =5 David Beckham Manchester United 5 (1)
 =5 Luis Enrique FC Barcelona 5 (0)
 =5 Oliver Neuville Bayer Leverkusen 5 (0)
 =6 Vladimir Beschastnykh Spartak Moskva 4 (0)
 =6 Eric Carrière Olympique Lyon 4 (0)

 

Champions League Top Scorers List for 2000/2001

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Raúl Real Madrid 7 (0)
=2 Lee Bowyer Leeds United 6 (0)
=2 Giovane Élber Bayern München 6 (0)
=2 Iván Helguera Real Madrid 6 (0)
=2 Jardel Galatasaray 6 (0)
=2 Rivaldo FC Barcelona 6 (1)
=2 Paul Scholes Manchester United 6 (1)
=2 Marco Simone AS Monaco 6 (1)
=3 Nicolas Anelka Paris Saint-Germain 5 (0)
=3 Christian Paris Saint-Germain 5 (0)
=3 Filippo Inzaghi Juventus 5 (1)
=3 Frode Johnsen Rosenborg BK 5 (0)
=3 Juan Sánchez Valencia CF 5 (0)
=3 Claudio López Lazio Roma 5 (0)
=3 Luís Figo Real Madrid 5 (3)

 

Champions League Top Scorers List for 1999/2000

Pos Player Club Goals
=1 Jardel FC Porto 10 (0)
=1 Raúl Real Madrid 10 (1)
=1 Rivaldo FC Barcelona 10 (3)
2 Simone Inzaghi Lazio Roma 9 (0)
=3 Tore André Flo Chelsea FC 8 (0)
=3 Serhiy Rebrov Dinamo Kiev 8 (3)
=4 Patrick Kluivert FC Barcelona 7 (0)
=4 Paulo Sérgio Bayern München 7 (1)
=5 Roy Keane Manchester United 6 (0)
=5 Luis Enrique FC Barcelona 6 (0)
=5 Morientes Real Madrid 6 (0)
=5 Gabriel Batistuta ACF Fiorentina 5 (0)
=5 John Carew Rosenborg BK 5 (0)
=5 Claudio López Valencia CF 5 (0)
=5 Luís Figo FC Barcelona 5 (0)

 

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