Champions League all-time top scorers – Ronaldo, Messi & UCL goal kings

Who is in the lead in the race to become the all-time top scorer in Europe’s leading club competition? We’ve taken a look at the top finishersThe Champions League has featured some of the best goalscorers in history.As the premier club competition in Europe and arguably the world, it is a stage that has been graced by countless icons of football.Striking sensations such as Raul and Andriy Shevchenko dominated during the 1990s and 2000s, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have taken the art of scoring to a whole new level.Goal takes a look at the all-time top scorers in the competition’s history, dating back to the inaugural European Cup in 1955.

Who is in the lead in the race to become the all-time top scorer in Europe’s leading club competition? We’ve taken a look at the top finishersThe Champions League has featured some of the best goalscorers in history.As the premier club competition in Europe and arguably the world, it is a stage that has been graced by countless icons of football.Striking sensations such as Raul and Andriy Shevchenko dominated during the 1990s and 2000s, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have taken the art of scoring to a whole new level.

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There is a significant gulf between that pair and the rest, with Madrid icon Raul following in third place. Karim Benzema is the fourth best Champions League goalscorer of all time, while former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy rounds out the top five. The composition of the all-time goalscorers list is mostly made up of players who are playing or played in the modern Champions League era (i.e. 1992 onwards) which has added more contintental games to the modern day calendar. Specifically, of the 20 players in the list above, 15 of them played from the mid 1990s on.