List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League top scorers

The UEFA Champions League, known until 1992 as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or colloquially as the European Cup, is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1955. Originally a straight knockout competition open only to champion clubs, the tournament was expanded during the 1990s to incorporate a round-robin group phase and more teams. The expansion resulted in more games being played, increasing players' goalscoring chances, thus the list below is weighted in favour of modern players.

All-time top scorers

As of 11 December 2019[1][2][3]
Indicates player from the European Cup era

The table below does not include goals scored in the qualification stage of the competition.
Bold indicates players taking part in the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League.

Rank Player Goals Apps- Ratio Years Club(s)
1   Cristiano Ronaldo 128[a] 168 0.76 2003– Manchester United (15)
Real Madrid (105)
Juventus (8)
2   Lionel Messi 114 140 0.81 2005– Barcelona
3   Raúl González 71 142 0.5 1995–2011 Real Madrid (66)
Schalke 04 (5)
4   Karim Benzema 64 118 0.54 2006– Lyon (12)
Real Madrid (52)
5   Robert Lewandowski 63 85 0.74 2011– Borussia Dortmund (17)
Bayern Munich (46)
6   Ruud van Nistelrooy 56[b] 73 0.77 1998–2009 PSV Eindhoven (8)
Manchester United (35)
Real Madrid (13)
7   Thierry Henry 50[c] 112 0.45 1997–2012 Monaco (7)
Arsenal (35)
Barcelona (8)
8   Alfredo Di Stéfano 49 58 0.84 1955–1964 Real Madrid
9   Andriy Shevchenko 48[d] 100 0.48 1994–2012 Dynamo Kyiv (15)
Milan (29)
Chelsea (4)
  Zlatan Ibrahimović 48[e] 120 0.4 2001–2017 Ajax (6)
Juventus (3)
Inter Milan (6)
Barcelona (4)
Milan (9)
Paris Saint-Germain (20)
11   Eusébio 46 63 0.73 1961–1974 Benfica
  Filippo Inzaghi 46[f] 81 0.57 1997–2012 Juventus (17)
Milan (29)
13   Didier Drogba 44 92 0.48 2003–2015 Marseille (5)
Chelsea (36)
Galatasaray (3)
  Thomas Müller 44 110 0.4 2008– Bayern Munich
15   Alessandro Del Piero 42[g] 89 0.47 1995–2009 Juventus
16   Sergio Agüero 39[h] 71 0.55 2008– Atlético Madrid (5)
Manchester City (34)
17   Ferenc Puskás 35 41[5] 0.85 1956–1966 Budapest Honvéd (1)
Real Madrid (34)
  Edinson Cavani 35 61[6] 0.57 2011– Napoli (5)
Paris Saint-Germain (30)
19   Gerd Müller 34 35[5] 0.97 1969–1977 Bayern Munich
20   Neymar 33 55[7] 0.6 2013– Barcelona (21)
Paris Saint-Germain (12)
  Fernando Morientes 33[i] 93 0.35 1997–2009 Real Madrid (17)
Monaco (9)
Liverpool (1)
Valencia (6)
22   Francisco Gento 32 88 0.36 1955–1969 Real Madrid
23   Arjen Robben 31[j] 110 0.28 2002–2018 PSV Eindhoven (3)
Chelsea (2)
Real Madrid (1)
Bayern Munich (25)
24   Samuel Eto'o 30[k] 78 0.38 1999–2014 Mallorca (1)
Barcelona (16)
Inter Milan (10)
Chelsea (3)
  Wayne Rooney 30[l] 85 0.35 2004–2015 Manchester United
  Kaká 30 86 0.35 2003–2014 Milan (25)
Real Madrid (5)
27   David Trezeguet 29[m] 58 0.5 1997–2009 Monaco (4)
Juventus (25)
  Roy Makaay 29 61 0.48 2000–2007 Deportivo La Coruña (12)
Bayern Munich (17)
  Patrick Kluivert 29[n] 71 0.41 1994–2006 Ajax (9)
Barcelona (20)
30   Jean-Pierre Papin 28 37[5] 0.76 1989–1994 Marseille (19)
Milan (7)
Bayern Munich (2)
  Ryan Giggs 28[o] 145 0.19 1993–2014 Manchester United
32   Rivaldo 27[p] 73 0.37 1997–2007 Barcelona (22)
Milan (2)
Olympiacos (3)
33   Mario Gómez 26[q] 44[8] 0.59 2007–2013 Stuttgart (3)
Bayern Munich (23)
34   Mário Jardel 25[r] 46[9] 0.54 1996–2001 Porto (19)
Galatasaray (6)
  Robin van Persie 25[s] 59 0.42 2002–2014 Arsenal (18)
Manchester United (7)
  Hernán Crespo 25[t] 65 0.38 1997–2007 Parma (2)
Lazio (2)
Inter Milan (11)
Chelsea (4)
Milan (6)
  Giovane Élber 25[u] 69 0.36 1997–2004 Bayern Munich (22)
Lyon (3)
38   José Altafini 24 28[5] 0.86 1959–1976 Milan (20)
Juventus (4)
  Marco Simone 24[v] 46[10] 0.52 1989–2001 Milan (15)
Paris Saint-Germain (3)
Monaco (6)
  Luis Suárez 24[w] 58 0.41 2010– Ajax (1)
Barcelona (23)
  Gonzalo Higuaín 24 81 0.3 2007– Real Madrid (8)
Napoli (4)
Juventus (12)
  Luís Figo 24 103 0.23 1997–2009 Barcelona (7)
Real Madrid (16)
Inter Milan (1)
  Paul Scholes 24[x] 124 0.19 1994–2013 Manchester United
44   Jari Litmanen 23 57 0.4 1993–2003 Ajax (20)
Liverpool (3)
  Frank Lampard 23 105 0.22 2001–2015 Chelsea (23)
46   Santillana 22 46[11] 0.48 1971–1988 Real Madrid
  Mohamed Salah 22[y] 46[12] 0.48 2013– Basel (2)
Roma (1)
Liverpool (19)
  Edin Džeko 22 55 0.42 2009– Wolfsburg (4)
Manchester City (3)
Roma (15)
  Antoine Griezmann 22[z] 60[13] 0.37 2014– Atlético Madrid (21)
Barcelona (1)
50   José Torres 21 33[14] 0.64 1959–1971 Benfica
  Luiz Adriano 21[aa] 47[15] 0.45 2008– Shakhtar Donetsk (20)
Spartak Moscow (1)
  Amancio 21 52 0.4 1962–1976 Real Madrid
  Mario Mandžukić 21 60 0.36 2012– Bayern Munich (6)
Atlético Madrid (5)
Juventus (10)
  Steven Gerrard 21[ab] 73 0.29 2001–2015 Liverpool
  Claudio Pizarro 21[ac] 73 0.29 2001–2014 Bayern Munich (18)
Werder Bremen (3)
Notes
  1. ^ Ronaldo additionally scored one goal[4] in four qualification matches.
  2. ^ Van Nistelrooy additionally scored four goals in eight qualification matches.
  3. ^ Henry additionally scored one goal in three qualification matches.
  4. ^ Shevchenko additionally scored 11 goals in 16 qualification matches.
  5. ^ Ibrahimović additionally scored one goal in four qualification matches.
  6. ^ Inzaghi additionally scored four goals in four qualification matches.
  7. ^ Del Piero additionally scored two goals in three qualification matches.
  8. ^ Agüero additionally scored six goals in four qualification matches.
  9. ^ Morientes additionally scored six goals in 11 qualification matches.
  10. ^ Robben additionally scored one goal in one qualification match.
  11. ^ Eto'o additionally scored three goals in four qualification matches.
  12. ^ Rooney additionally scored four goals in three qualification matches.
  13. ^ Trezeguet additionally scored three goals in three qualification matches.
  14. ^ Kluivert additionally scored one goal in four qualification matches.
  15. ^ Giggs additionally scored two goals in 10 qualification matches.
  16. ^ Rivaldo additionally scored four goals in five qualification matches.
  17. ^ Gómez additionally scored one goal in two qualification matches.
  18. ^ Jardel additionally scored three goals in two qualification matches.
  19. ^ Van Persie additionally scored two goals in nine qualification matches.
  20. ^ Crespo additionally scored three goals in five qualification matches.
  21. ^ Élber additionally scored two goals in four qualification matches.
  22. ^ Simone additionally scored one goal in two qualification matches.
  23. ^ Suárez additionally scored four goals in six qualification matches.
  24. ^ Scholes additionally scored one goal in six qualification matches.
  25. ^ Salah additionally scored four goals in ten qualification matches.
  26. ^ Griezmann additionally scored one goal in two qualification matches.
  27. ^ Adriano additionally scored one goal in four qualification matches.
  28. ^ Gerrard additionally scored nine goals in 14 qualification matches.
  29. ^ Pizarro additionally scored three goals in four qualification matches.

Top scorers by seasons

The table below does not include goals scored in the qualification stage of the competition.[16]

Season Player(s) Club(s) Goals
1955–56   Miloš Milutinović   Partizan 8
1956–57   Dennis Viollet   Manchester United 9
1957–58   Alfredo Di Stéfano   Real Madrid 10
1958–59   Just Fontaine   Stade Reims 10
1959–60   Ferenc Puskás   Real Madrid 12
1960–61   José Águas   Benfica 11
1961–62   Heinz Strehl   1. FC Nürnberg 8
1962–63   José Altafini   Milan 14
1963–64   Vladica Kovačević   Partizan 7
  Sandro Mazzola   Inter Milan
  Ferenc Puskás   Real Madrid
1964–65   Eusébio   Benfica 9
  José Torres   Benfica
1965–66   Flórián Albert   Ferencváros 7
  Eusébio   Benfica
1966–67   Jürgen Piepenburg   Vorwärts Berlin 6
  Paul Van Himst   Anderlecht
1967–68   Eusébio   Benfica 6
1968–69   Denis Law   Manchester United 9
1969–70   Mick Jones   Leeds United 8
1970–71   Antonis Antoniadis   Panathinaikos 10
1971–72   Johan Cruyff   Ajax 5
  Antal Dunai   Újpesti Dózsa
  Lou Macari   Celtic
  Silvester Takač   Standard Liège
1972–73   Gerd Müller   Bayern Munich 11
1973–74   Gerd Müller   Bayern Munich 8
1974–75   Gerd Müller   Bayern Munich 5
  Eduard Markarov   Ararat Yerevan
1975–76   Jupp Heynckes   Borussia Mönchengladbach 6
1976–77   Gerd Müller   Bayern Munich 5
  Franco Cucinotta   Zürich
1977–78   Allan Simonsen   Borussia Mönchengladbach 5
1978–79   Claudio Sulser   Grasshopper 11
1979–80   Søren Lerby   Ajax 10
1980–81   Terry McDermott   Liverpool 6
  Graeme Souness   Liverpool
  Karl-Heinz Rummenigge   Bayern Munich
1981–82   Dieter Hoeneß   Bayern Munich 7
1982–83   Paolo Rossi   Juventus 6
1983–84   Viktor Sokol   Dinamo Minsk 6
1984–85   Torbjörn Nilsson   IFK Göteborg 7
  Michel Platini   Juventus
1985–86   Torbjörn Nilsson   IFK Göteborg 6
1986–87   Borislav Cvetković   Red Star Belgrade 7
1987–88   Gheorghe Hagi   Steaua Bucureşti 4
  Jean-Marc Ferreri   Bordeaux
  Rabah Madjer   Porto
  Ally McCoist   Rangers
  Míchel   Real Madrid
  Rui Águas   Benfica
1988–89   Marco van Basten   Milan 10
1989–90   Romário   PSV Eindhoven 6
  Jean-Pierre Papin   Marseille
1990–91   Peter Pacult   Tirol Innsbruck 6
  Jean-Pierre Papin   Marseille
1991–92   Sergei Yuran   Benfica 7
  Jean-Pierre Papin   Marseille
1992–93   Franck Sauzée   Marseille 5
1993–94   Ronald Koeman   Barcelona 8
  Wynton Rufer   Werder Bremen
1994–95   George Weah   Paris Saint-Germain 7
1995–96   Jari Litmanen   Ajax 9
1996–97   Milinko Pantić   Atlético Madrid 5
1997–98   Alessandro Del Piero   Juventus 10
1998–99   Andriy Shevchenko   Dynamo Kyiv 8
  Dwight Yorke   Manchester United
1999–00   Mário Jardel   Porto 10
  Rivaldo   Barcelona
  Raúl   Real Madrid
2000–01   Raúl   Real Madrid 7
2001–02   Ruud van Nistelrooy   Manchester United 10
2002–03   Ruud van Nistelrooy   Manchester United 12
2003–04   Fernando Morientes   Monaco 9
2004–05   Ruud van Nistelrooy   Manchester United 8
2005–06   Andriy Shevchenko   Milan 9
2006–07   Kaká   Milan 10
2007–08   Cristiano Ronaldo   Manchester United 8
2008–09   Lionel Messi   Barcelona 9
2009–10   Lionel Messi   Barcelona 8
2010–11   Lionel Messi   Barcelona 12
2011–12   Lionel Messi   Barcelona 14
2012–13   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid 12
2013–14   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid 17
2014–15   Neymar   Barcelona 10
  Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid
  Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2015–16   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid 16
2016–17   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid 12
2017–18   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid 15
2018–19   Lionel Messi   Barcelona 12

By player

Player Titles Seasons
  Cristiano Ronaldo 7 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
  Lionel Messi 6 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2018–19
  Gerd Müller 4 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1976–77
  Eusébio 3 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68
  Jean-Pierre Papin 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92
  Ruud van Nistelrooy 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05
  Ferenc Puskás 2 1959–60, 1963–64
  Torbjörn Nilsson 1984–85, 1985–86
  Raúl 1999–2000, 2000–01
  Andriy Shevchenko 1998–99, 2005–06

By country

Country Titles Seasons
  Portugal 13 1960–61, 1964–65,[a] 1964–65,[a] 1965–66, 1967–68, 1987–88, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
  West Germany 8 1961–62, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1981–82
  Argentina 7 1957–58, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2018–19
  France 7 1958–59, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93
  Netherlands 6 1971–72, 1988–89, 1993–94, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05
  Yugoslavia 5 1955–56, 1963–64, 1971–72, 1986–87, 1996–97
  Italy 1962–63, 1963–64, 1976–77, 1982–83, 1997–98
  Brazil 1989–90, 1999–2000,[b] 1999–2000,[b] 2006–07, 2014–15
  Hungary 4 1959–60, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1971–72
  Scotland 1968–69, 1971–72, 1980–81, 1987–88
  Spain 1987–88, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2003–04
  England 3 1956–57, 1969–70, 1980–81
  Ukraine 1991–92, 1998–99, 2005–06
  Soviet Union 2 1974–75, 1983–84
  Denmark 1977–78, 1979–80
  Sweden 1984–85, 1985–86
Notes
  1. ^ a b Two Portuguese players were joint top scorers in this season.
  2. ^ a b Two Brazilian players were joint top scorers in this season.

See also

References

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