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UEFA Champions League all-time top scorers

Sports Mole rounds up the all-time top scorers list in the Champions League, a collection of legends led by two of the greatest of all time in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The Champions League is the gold standard by which the very best players are measured in Europe, growing into arguably the greatest club competition on the planet.

It is no surprise, therefore, that some of football's biggest and best names are present on the list of all-time scorers - a who's who of greatness led by five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo on a staggering 140 goals.

Ronaldo's perennial rival Lionel Messi is the only other player to have reached three figures in Champions League goals, but with both now plying their trade outside of Europe, there is the opportunity for some other active players to close the gap on those top two.

Here, Sports Mole looks at the latest standings in the Champions League top-scorers list, including every player to have scored 40 goals or more.

Who has scored the most goals in Champions League history?

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Villarreal in the Champions League on September 29, 2021© Reuters

Goals: 140
Appearances: 183
Ratio: 0.77

2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain)

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring for Paris Saint-Germain against Benfica on October 5, 2022© Reuters

Goals: 129
Appearances: 163
Ratio: 0.79

3. Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Barcelona)

Barcelona forward Robert Lewandowski on September 23, 2023© Reuters

Goals: 94
Appearances: 120
Ratio: 0.78

4. Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates scoring against Chelsea on April 12, 2023© Reuters

Goals: 90
Appearances: 152
Ratio: 0.59

5. Raul (Real Madrid, Schalke 04)

Raul in action for Real Madrid in 2009© Reuters

Goals: 71
Appearances: 142
Ratio: 0.50

6. Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid)

Ruud van Nistelrooy for Manchester United© Reuters

Goals: 56
Appearances: 73
Ratio: 0.77

7. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)

Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller scores their second goal on March 5, 2024© Reuters

Goals: 54
Appearances: 151
Ratio: 0.36

8. Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)

Thierry Henry celebrates scoring for Arsenal against Sparta Prague in the Champions League on October 18, 2005© Reuters

Goals: 50
Appearances: 112
Ratio: 0.45

9. Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid)

Goals: 49
Appearances: 58
Ratio: 0.84

10. Kylian Mbappe (Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain)

Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their third goal on April 16, 2024© Reuters

Goals: 48
Appearances: 73
Ratio: 0.66

11. Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kiev, AC Milan, Chelsea)

Andriy Shevchenko pictured for AC Milan in 2006© Reuters

Goals: 48
Appearances: 100
Ratio: 0.48

12. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain)

AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring their second goal on September 12, 2021© Reuters

Goals: 48
Appearances: 124
Ratio: 0.39

13. Eusebio (Benfica)

Eusebio pictured for Benfica during his playing career© Reuters

Goals: 46
Appearances: 65
Ratio: 0.71

14. Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan)

Filippo Inzaghi celebrates for AC Milan in 2010© Reuters

Goals: 46
Appearances: 81
Ratio: 0.57

15. Mohamed Salah (Basel, Roma, Liverpool)

Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring against Rangers on October 11, 2022© Reuters

Goals: 44
Appearances: 79
Ratio: 0.56

16. Didier Drogba (Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)

Didier Drogba with the Champions League trophy in 2012.© Reuters

Goals: 44
Appearances: 92
Ratio: 0.48

17. Neymar (Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain)

Neymar celebrates scoring for Paris Saint-Germain on August 21, 2022© Reuters

Goals: 43
Appearances: 81
Ratio: 0.53

18. Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)

Alessandro Del Piero celebrates scoring for Juventus in 1998© Reuters

Goals: 42
Appearances: 89
Ratio: 0.47

19. Erling Haaland (Red Bull Salzburg, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City)

Manchester City's Erling Haaland celebrates after the match on November 28, 2023© Reuters

Goals: 41
Appearances: 39
Ratio: 1.05

20. Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid, Manchester City)

Sergio Aguero in action for Manchester City on March 10, 2021© Reuters

Goals: 41
Appearances: 79
Ratio: 0.52

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