Can anyone beat Raul’s Champions League record?

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

Goals Player Nation Clubs
61 Raúl ESP Real Madrid
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

Apps Player Nation Clubs
116 Raúl ESP Real Madrid
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 Luís 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