UEFA Champions League all-time top goalscorers 1955-2019

As of December 2019, Cristiano Ronaldo leads the UEFA Champions League in all-time goals scored, scoring a total of 128 goals. Lionel Messi sits in second place with 114 goals. Both players stand well clear of the other contenders, with third placed Raúl Gonzalez scoring 71 goals. Since the UEFA Champions League (UCL) changed its name from the Europeans Champions Cup in 1992, overall revenues have increased significantly. Cristiano Ronaldo not only leads in most UCL goals scored overall but also in most UCL finals goals.

Going for glory: Ronaldo and Messi also lead in Ballon d’Or awards

   These two exceptional athletes have not only lead the UCL as the highest goal scorers but are also the record holders in the number of Ballon d’or titles with Messi leading with six awards, followed by Ronaldo with five. This prestigious award is awarded annually to any professional male football player globally, voted on by football journalists around the world.

Messi and Ronaldo among highest paid athletes worldwide

   In 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi ranked among the highest paid athletes worldwide. Ronaldo received higher earnings through endorsements, while Messi earned a higher salary and higher earnings overall. Arguments have been raging among fans, and will likely continue to rage long after both players have retired, about which one of these outstanding football players could be considered as the greatest of all time, the GOAT.

Players with most goals in the UEFA Champions League from 1955 to 2019

Goals scored
Cristiano Ronaldo128
Lionel Messi114
Raúl Gonzalez 71
Karim Benzema64
Robert Lewandowski63
Ruud van Nistelrooy60
Andriy Shevchenko59
Thierry Henry51
Filippo Inzaghi50
Alfredo Di Stefano49
Zlatan Ibrahimovic49
Sergio Agüero45
Didier Drogba44
Thomas Müller43
Alessandro Del Piero43
Fernando Morientes39
Ferenc Puskás35
Gerd Müller34
Wayne Rooney34
Edinson Cavani34
Samuel Eto'o33
Francisco Gento32
David Trezeguet32
Arjen Robben32
Serhiy Rebrov31
Patrick Kluivert30
Ryan Giggs30
Steven Gerrard30
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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

1955 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* From 1955 to 1992 the competition was known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or the European Cup.

Information valid as of December, 2019.

Statistics include qualifying and play-off matches.

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