Most goals in UEFA Champions League history: Ronaldo, Messi and the all-time leading Football

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The UEFA Champions League has already produced some sensational matches in the Round of 16 with the second legs to be played this week.

PSG and Bayern are likely to meet in the play-off round and it was the German champions who took control with a narrow win in the first leg.

Kylian Mbappe and Mohamed Salah went into this last round as the competition’s top scorers so far this season with seven goals each, but PSG’s main man failed to score and is now a goal behind No. 11 Liverpool.

Meanwhile, both Salah and Karim Benzema have started to climb up the overall scoring charts in this competition.

Who has the most UEFA Champions League goals ever?

Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way, having scored 140 goals in the competition during his illustrious career, which has seen him bag goals for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus in Champions League play. Of course, he will not be adding to that tally for now, with the Red Devils playing Europa League football during the 2022/23 season.

Lionel Messi, meanwhile, is second with 129 goals for Barcelona and PSG, while Robert Lewandowski is third having found the net on 91 occasions. The Poland international became the first player to score a hat-trick for three different teams in the competition (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Barcelona) after netting three times for Barcelona against Viktoria Plzen.

Karim Benzema is next, having risen up the list thanks to his incredible 2021/22 season, while a double at Anfield has brought him closer to the top three.

Rank Name Goals Appearances Years  Club (s)
1. Cristiano Ronaldo 140 183 2003-present Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus
2. Lionel Messi 129 160 2005-present Barcelona, PSG
3. Robert Lewandowski 91 111 2011-present Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona
4. Karim Benzema 88 146 2005-present Real Madrid, Lyon
5. Raul 71 142 1995-2011 Real Madrid, Schalke
6. Ruud van Nistelrooy 56 73 1998-2009 PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid


Thomas Muller 53 138 2009-present Bayern Munich
8. Thierry Henry 50 112 1997-2012 Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona
9. Alfredo Di Stefano 49 58 1955-1964 Real Madrid
10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic 48 124 2001-present Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, PSG
Andriy Shevchenko 48 100 1994-2012 Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea

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