The Champions League is the biggest club competition in the world for a reason. The best players around the world play to get their hands on the ‘Big Ears’. Goals win you games and the Champions League have witnessed some of the best strikers to play the game.
Here are the top 5 Champions Leagues goal scorers of all time.
5. Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema is one of three players to still be playing and will take part in Madrid’s Final in Kiev. Despite his troubles this season, Benzema has been important to Madrid’s recent success winning three Champions Leagues titles with Los Blancos. Benzema has scored 55 goals in 103 appearences for Madrid and Lyon, and was part of Madrid’s fearsome BBC partnership (Bale, Benzema and Cristiano).
4. Ruud van Nistelrooy
The only player on this list to not to have won it, Ruud van Nistelrooy was the ultimate goal poacher at his prime. Playing for PSV, Manchester United and Real Madrid, van Nistelrooy was the ‘fox in the box’, scoring 56 goals in 73 appearances being top goal scorer on three occasions all when he was in Manchester United.
Before Messi and Ronaldo, there was Raul. A Madridista through and through, Raul was the face of Real Madrid winning countless trophies and is one of the best to have worn the white shirt. Winning it three times, he was the highest scorer with 71 goals in 142 appearances until the dominance of Messi and Ronaldo. He also won top goal scorer on two occasions and scored in two Champions League Finals.
2. Lionel Messi
What is there that hasn’t been said about Lionel Messi? The Argentine mastero is not only one of the best players right now but one of the best to play the game. In the Champions League, he is one of two to score a century of goals scoring 100 in 125 appearances. The best goal ratio on this list. Messi has scored some of his best goals in the competition, winning top goal scorer five times. Four years in a row, winning it four times and scored twice in the Champions League Final.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Number one is his football rival. Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi have been at the pinnacle of football over the past decade. However, the Portuguese has an edge in the Champions League. Winning it four times with Man United and Real Madrid, Ronaldo has scored an incredible 120 goals in 152 appearances becoming top scorer for six straight years running. Scoring four times in the Champions League Final, he will look to continue that streak when Madrid face Liverpool on Saturday.