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Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Who are the Champions League top scorers all-time? Who has scored the most goals in the history of the Champions League? Who has the most Champions League Golden Boot? Who is Champions League’s all-time top scorer? Who is UCL’s all-time top scorer? How many times was Ronaldo UCL’s top scorer?

Currently, Cristiano Ronaldo has the most goals in the history of the UEFA Champions League by a very large margin compared to others, and the reason is simple.

The European Champion Clubs’ Cup, as the UCL was then known, used to be a straight knockout competition and so the games being played were fewer until the 1990s when the tournament was expanded. So the likes of Ronaldo play more games today, hence more goals.

UEFA Champions League Top Scorers All Time

I have done this list of UEFA Champions League top scorers to accommodate only those players who have scored at least 20 goals, nothing less. Also, their goals do not include the ones scored during qualifying rounds.

50        Erling Haaland (Norway)

The Norwegian has so far scored 23 goals in 19 appearances since 2019–till date. 8 goals when he was with Red Bull Salzburg and 15 now that he is with Borussia Dortmund.

49        Paul Scholes  (England)

He scored a total of 24 goals in 124 appearances for Manchester United between 1994 and 2013.

48        Luís Figo (Portugal) 

The winger earned 24 goals in 103 appearances between 1997 and 2009. 7 goals with Barcelona, one with Inter Milan and 16 with Real Madrid.

47        Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina)

Higuaín netted 24 times in his 83 appearances between 2007 and 2020. He got 8 goals with Real Madrid, 12 with Juventus and 4 with Napoli.

46        Giovane Élber (Brazil) 

The Brazilian scored 24 goals in 69 appearances between 1997 and 2004. Bayern Munich (21 goals), Lyon (3goals)

45        Raheem Sterling (England)

Sterling has only so far been to the Champion League 70 times with Manchester City since 2014 and has scored 24 goals.

44        José Augusto (Portugal)          

The Portuguese scored 24 goals after making 56 appearances between 1960–1969 for Benfica.

43        Marco Simone (Italy)

Simone registered 24 UCL goals when he made 46 appearances between 1989–2001. Milan (15 goals) Monaco (6 goals) and Paris Saint-Germain (3 goals).

42        José Altafini (Brazil)

Mazzola was able to score 24 goals in his 28 UCL caps from 1959–1976. He got Milan (20 goals) and Juventus (4 goals).

41        Hernán Crespo (Argentina)     

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The Argentine recorded 25 goals in the Champions League from 65 appearances from 1997–2007. He scored 2 for Parma, 6 for Milan, 4 for Chelsea, 11 for Inter Milan and 2 for Lazio.

40        Edin Džeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Džeko has so far made a total of 62 appearances and scored 25 goals since 2009–till date. 4 goals for VfL Wolfsburg, 3 for Inter Milan, 15 for Roma and 3 for Manchester City.

39        Robin van Persie (Netherlands)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time
(Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The Dutch striker got 25 goals in 59 caps from 2002–2014. Arsenal (18 goals) and Manchester United (7 goals).

38        Mário Jardel (Brazil)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Jardel has a total of 25 goals from 46 caps between 1996–2001. For Porto, he got 19 goals and 6 for Galatasaray.

37        Mario Gómez (Germany)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The German striker found the back of the net 26 times in his 44 appearances from 2007–2013. 3 goals for VfB Stuttgart and 23 for Bayern Munich.

36        Rivaldo (Brazil)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The attacking midfielder scored 27 times from his 73 caps between 1997–2007. Got 22 for Barcelona, 3 for Olympiacos and 2 for Milan.

35        Luis Suárez (Uruguay)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Suárez has found the back of the net 27 times so far from his 72 UCL caps since 2010–till date. Got 1 goal for Ajax, another 1 for Atlético Madrid and 25 for Barcelona.

34        Ryan Giggs (Wales)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The Welshman score a total of 28 goals from a whooping 145 appearances from 1993–2014 and did this for just one club, Manchester United.

33        Jean-Pierre Papin (France)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time
Credit: David Cannon/Allsport

Papin scored 28 goals from his 37 caps in the UCL from 1989–1994. With Marseille, he got 19 goals, 2 from Bayern Munich and 7 for Milan.

32        Antoine Griezmann (France)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The Frenchman has 29 goals so far in his 78 UCL caps since 2014–till date. He got 25 with Atlético Madrid and 4 with Barcelona.

31        Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Kluivert scored a total of 29 goals from 71 appearances between 1994–2006. Ajax (9 goals) and Barcelona (20 goals).

30        Roy Makaay (Netherlands)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The center-forward scored 29 goals from his 61 appearances from 2000–2007. Got 12 goals with Deportivo La Coruña and 17 goals with Bayern Munich.

29        David Trezeguet (France)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Trezeguet netted 29 goals in 58 apps between 1997–2009. For Monaco, he got 4 goals and for Juventus, he got 25.

28        Francisco Gento (Spain)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The Spanish star got 30 goals during his 89 appearances in the Champions League for Real Madrid between 1955–1969.

27        Kaká (Brazil) 

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Ricardo Kaká got a total of 30 goals in 86 caps from 2003–2014. He scored 25 for Milan and 5 for Real Madrid.

26        Wayne Rooney (England)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The English man scored 30 goals from 85 appearances playing for just Manchester United between 2004–2015.

25        Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Eto’o scored a total of 30 goals after making 78 caps in the UCL from 1999–2014. Mallorca (1 goal), Chelsea (3 goals), Inter Milan (10 goals) and Barcelona (16 goals).

24        Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Th Dutch winger netted 31 goals in 110 apps from 2002–2018. PSV Eindhoven (3 goals), Bayern Munich (25), Real Madrid (1) and Chelsea (2).

23        Fernando Morientes (Spain)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Morientes scored 33 goals in total when he made 93 appearances between 1997–2009 for Real Madrid (17 goals), Valencia (6 goals), Liverpool (1 goal) and Monaco (9 goals).

22        Kylian Mbappé (France)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The French boy has reached 33 goals from 53 appearances so far since 2016–till date. Monaco (6 goals) and Paris Saint-Germain (27 goals).

21        Gerd Müller (West Germany)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Müller scored 34 times in his 35 appearances for Bayern Munich between 1969–1977.

20        Edinson Cavani  (Uruguay)  

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time
(Photo by DOUGLAS MAGNO/AFP via Getty Images)

The Uruguayan has so far seen the bac of the net 35 times from his 70 UCL apps since 2011–till date. He got 5 for Napoli and 30 for Paris Saint-Germain.

19        Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Salah is still having 36 goals in his 67 appearances so far since 2013–till date. Basel (2 goals), Roma (1 goal) and Liverpool (33 goals).

18        Ferenc Puskás (Hungary)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The Hungarian star saw 36 goals enter the post in his 41 appearances from 1956–1966. Budapest Honvéd (1 goal) and Real Madrid (35 goals).

17        Sergio Agüero (Argentina)      

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Agüero scored 41 goals from his 79 between 2008–2021. Got 5 goals for Atlético Madrid and 36 for Manchester City.

16        Neymar (Brazil)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Neymar now has 41 goals in his kitty after making 75 appearances in the UCL since 2013–till date. With Barcelona, he got 21 goals while with Paris Saint-Germain he has 20 goals so far.

15        Alessandro Del Piero  (Italy)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time
(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The Italian scored a total of 42 goals while playing for Juventus and made 89 appearances between 1995–2009.

14        Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Didier Yves Drogba Tébily scored 44 goals and made 92 appearances in the UCL from 2003–2015. Marseille (5 goals), Galatasaray (3 goals) and Chelsea (36 goals).

13        Filippo Inzaghi (Italy)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

“Superpippo” scored 46 goals during his time from the 81 caps he got between 1997–2012. Juventus (17 goals) and Milan (29 goals).

12        Eusébio (Portugal)  

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The Mozambican-born Portuguese scored 46 goals from the 65 appearances he made in the UCL between 1961–1974 for Benfica.

11        Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Ibrahimović has refused to stop and has so far got 48 goals from his 124 appearances since 2001–till date. He scored 6 for Ajax, 20 with Paris Saint-Germain, 9 goals with Milan, 4 for Barcelona, 6 for Inter Milan and 3 for Juventus.

10        Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The Ukrainian striker netted 48 goals in 100 apps from 1994–2012 for Dynamo Kyiv (15), Chelsea (4) and Milan (29 goals).

9          Alfredo Di Stéfano (Argentina)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

“Saeta rubia” (“Blond Arrow”) scored 49 goals in 58 caps between 1955–1964 for Real Madrid.

8          Thierry Henry (France)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The French striker scored 50 goals from 112 appearances from 1997–2012. Monaco (7 goals), Barcelona (8 goals) and Arsenal (35 goals).

7          Thomas Müller (Germany)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Müller has registered 52 goals so far in his 133 appearances since 2009–till date for Bayern Munich.

6          Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The Dutchman scored 56 goals from 73 appearances from 1998–2009. PSV Eindhoven (8 goals), Real Madrid (13), and Manchester United (35).

5          Raúl  (Spain)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Raúl González Blanco scored 71 goals out of his 142 caps in the UCL between 1995–2011. Real Madrid (66) and Schalke 04 (5).

4          Karim Benzema (France)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The French striker has 82 goals in his records so far from 138 appearances since 2005–till date. He got 12 with Lyon and 70 with Real Madrid.

3          Robert Lewandowski (Poland)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time
(Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

Lewandowski has scored 85 goals so far from 105 caps in the UCL since 2011–till date.  Borussia Dortmund (17) and Bayern Munich (68).

2          Lionel Messi (Argentina) 

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

The seven times Ballon d’Or winner has scored 125 goals so far in his 156 appearances since 2005–till date. He got 120 goals with his longtime club, Barcelona and 5 with his new club Paris Saint-Germain.

1          Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Champions League Top Scorers All-Time

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is the number one Champions League top scorer of all time with record 140 goals in 183 UCL appearances so far since 2003–till date. He scored 105 goals while with Real Madrid, 14 goals with Juventus and 21 so far now that he is with Manchester United.

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