Raul has scored 61 goals in the Champions League – his closest rival being his teammate Ruud van Nistelrooy at 53.
Can any of the younger crop of players – Messi, Ronaldo, Benzema, Torres etc – catch up with the likes of Raul, Ruud, Sheva (47) and Henry (45) or is the age of the pure goalscoring machine gone for good?
Most goals in the Champions League
|53||Ruud van Nistelrooy||NED||PSV (8), Manchester United (35), Real Madrid (10)|
|47||Andri Shevchenko||UKR||Dynamo Kyiv (14), AC Milan (29), Chelsea (4)|
|45||Thierry Henry||FRA||AS Monaco (7), Arsenal (35), FC Barcelona (3)|
|42||Filippo Inzaghi||ITA||Juventus (17), AC Milan (25)|
|37||Alessandro Del Piero||ITA||Juventus|
|33||Fernando Morientes||ESP||Real Madrid (17), AS Monaco (9), Liverpool (1), Valencia CF (6)|
|29||Patrick Kluivert||NED||Ajax (9), FC Barcelona (20)|
|29||Roy Makaay||NED||Deportivo La Coruña (12), Bayern München (17)|
|28||David Trézéguet||FRA||AS Monaco (4), Juventus (24)|
Note: Players in bold will participate in this season’s Champions League.
Who’s your pick to beat Raul’s goalscoring record in the future?
Raul also has the most appearances in the Champions League, 2 ahead of Roberto Carlos and comfortably ahead of Giggs, Scholes and Neville. Considering that these 5 players have been playing in the Champions League for over a decade, it’s another record that would prove tough to beat, especially if Raul keeps going for another season or two.
Most CL appearances per player
|114||Roberto Carlos||BRA||Real Madrid (107), Fenerbahçe (7)|
|109||Paolo Maldini||ITA||AC Milan|
|104||Ryan Giggs||WAL||Manchester United|
|103||David Beckham||ENG||Manchester United (77), Real Madrid (26)|
|103||Oliver Kahn||GER||Bayern München|
|102||Paul Scholes||ENG||Manchester United|
|101||Clarence Seedorf||NED||Ajax (11), Real Madrid (25), AC Milan (65)|
|100||LuÃs Figo||POR||FC Barcelona (24), Real Madrid (58), Internazionale (18)|
|99||Gary Neville||ENG||Manchester United|
Note: Players in bold will participate in this season’s Champions League