Champions League Top Scorers – View All-Time Leading Goalscorers & by Season Since 1992

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This is a place where football fans see a list of the UEFA Champions League top scorers season by season and all-time. Rebranded from the European Cup in 1992, over the next 30 years it evolved in a competition that attracts the best footballers from around the world to come and play in it.

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See which big names from the beautiful game feature on our UCL lists. Some of these prolific goalscorers are ones that punters have backed time and again on Champions League betting sites in the UK down the years:

All Time Champions League Top Scorers

Champions League top scorers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

The Champions League all time top scorers list reads like a who’s who of the last 30 years in European football. Some of the most prolific players to ever grace the pitch have delivered time and again in Europe’s elite club competition. These are the Champions League top scorers of all time from this era:

Rank Player Nationality Club(s) Years Goals
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus 2003-present 140
2 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain 2005-present 125
3= Robert Lewandowski Poland Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich 2011-present 86
3= Karim Benzema France Lyon, Real Madrid 2005-present 86
5 Raul Gonzalez Spain Real Madrid, Schalke 04 1995-2011 71
6 Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid 1998-2009 56
7 Thomas Muller Germany Bayern Munich 2009-present 52
8 Thierry Henry France Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona 1997-2012 50
9= Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea 1994-2012 48
9= Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan 2001-present 48
11 Filippo Inzaghi Italy Juventus, AC Milan 1997-2012 46
12 Didier Drogba Ivory Coast Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray 2003-2015 44
13 Alessandro Del Piero Italy Juventus 1995-2009 42
14= Neymar Brazil Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain 2013-present 41
14= Sergio Aguero Argentina Atletico Madrid, Manchester City 2008-2021 41

All time list is UEFA Champions League era only (1992-present day) and correct as of 1 August 2022.

UEFA Champions League Top Scorers Season by Season

With some 30 years since its arrival, the Champions League list of leading marksmen in front of goal by season contains a real mix of footballers. Most fans of the beautiful game will have heard of the bulk of them. There are some Champions League top scorers who a little more obscure, though, especially in the early years after it launch.

You may even be surprised by some names on the list. There have even been some seasons when the honours of Champions League top scorers were shared between two or three players. Unlike a Golden Boot list with the World Cup betting, assists aren’t used as a tiebreaker.

Top Scorers in Champions League by Season

Season Player(s) Nationality Club(s) Goals
1992-93 Romario Brazil PSV Eindhoven 7
1993-94 Ronald Koeman Netherlands Barcelona 8
Wynton Rufer New Zealand Werder Bremen 8
1994-95 George Weah Liberia Paris Saint-Germain 7
1995-96 Jari Litmanen Finland Ajax 9
1996-97 Milinko Pantic Serbia & Montenegro Atletico Madrid 5
1997-98 Alessandro Del Piero Italy Juventus 10
1998-99 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 8
Dwight Yorke Trinidad & Tobago Manchester United 8
1999-00 Raul Gonzalez Spain Real Madrid 10
Mario Jardel Brazil Porto 10
Rivaldo Brazil Barcelona 10
2000-01 Raul Gonzalez Spain Real Madrid 7
2001-02 Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands Manchester United 10
2002-03 Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands Manchester United 12
2003-04 Fernando Morientes Spain Monaco 9
2004-05 Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands Manchester United 8
2005-06 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine AC Milan 9
2006-07 Kaka Brazil AC Milan 10
2007-08 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Manchester United 8
2008-09 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 9
2009-10 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 8
2010-11 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 12
2011-12 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 14
2012-13 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 12
2013-14 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 17
2014-15 Neymar  Brazil Barcelona 10
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 10
Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 10
2015-16 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 16
2016-17 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 12
2017-18 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 15
2018-19 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 12
2019-20 Robert Lewandowski Poland Bayern Munich 15
2020-21 Erling Haaland Norway Borussia Dortmund 10
2021-22 Karim Benzema France Real Madrid 15

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