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Cristiano Ronaldo and the Champions League's Top 10 All-Time Top Goalscorers

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo and the Champions League's Top 10 All-Time Top Goalscorers

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    Cristiano Ronaldo added another record to his ever-growing list this week when he scored his ninth goal of the Champions League group stage against FC Copenhagen. 

    No one else has found the net that many times in the first stage of the competition, but where does the Portuguese star rank among the Champions League's most prolific goal scorers?

    Here are the top ten since the European Cup was re-branded as the Champions League in 1992/93...

10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    The Mighty Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 39 Champions League goals in 100 appearances for Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, AC Milan and his current employers Paris Saint-Germain.

    The Powerful Swede came incredibly close to Ronaldo's group stage record with eight goals this season, a tally he may have improved upon had he not been rested for the final group match at Benfica.

9. Alessandro Del Piero

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    As the holder of Juventus' all-time goalscoring and appearance records (290 goals in 705 games), there is little surprise that Alessandro Del Piero has made his way onto this list. 

    The Italian striker scored 41 goals in 89 European games for the Old Lady, earning the tournament golden boot award twice (1995-96 and 1997-98) and making the final four times (winning in 1996). 

8. Didier Drogba

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    Didier Drogba, the man who scored the equaliser and decisive penalty in Chelsea's shock 2012 Champions League Final win over Bayern Munich, is the eighth most prolific striker in the Champions League era, scoring 42 times in 82 outings for Marseille, the Blues and Galatasaray. 

    In this season's group stage, however, he only found the net twice. 

7. Filippo Inzaghi

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    Filippo Inzaghi is the second-highest scorer in all European club competitions with 70 goals, a tally beaten only by Raul (77). 

    In the Champions League, the Italian scored 46 in 81 matches, including 12 goals on the way to victory with Milan in 2003 and six when the Rossoneri won again in 2007. 

    The World Cup winner scored two Champions League hat-tricks with Juve and another with Milan, tying Michael Owen's record for treble-strikes in the competition. Only one man has scored more UCL hat-tricks and he is coming later in this countdown... 

6. Andriy Shevchenko

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    Ukranian striker Andriy Shevchenko managed 67 goals in all European competitions for Dynamo Kiev, Milan and Chelsea, but he managed to score 48 times in 100 Champions League appearances. He is, incidentally, one of only 25 players to have a triple-figure appearance tally in the tournament.

    Sheva won the Champions League with Milan in 2003, bagging five goals in the process and is one of only 10 players to score four times in a single Champions League match—a feat he managed for Milan against Fenerbahce in the 2005-06 group stage. 

5. Thierry Henry

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    Arsenal fans will need little reminding that Thierry Henry is the club's all-time leading goalscorer with 228 in all competitions. He broke Ian Wright's record of 185 goals in style during a 2005 trip to Sparta Prague in which he bagged a brace.

    Henry managed 50 Champions League goals for Monaco, Arsenal and Barcelona, an impressive 38 of which were in the knockout rounds. 

4. Ruud Van Nistelrooy

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    Manchester Utd's all-time leading European scorer Ruud Van Nistelrooy bagged 38 of his 60 continental goals for the Red Devils. He is fourth in the all-time Champions League standings for scoring 56 times in 73 attempts for PSV Eindhoven, United and Real Madrid.

    Van Nistelrooy earned the tournament top scorer accolade three times (2001–02, 2002–03 and 2004–05) but never lifted the European Cup. 

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

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    The aforementioned Ronaldo reaches number three on the all-time scorers list, managing 59 goals in 97 Champions League matches for Manchester Utd and Real Madrid. A dizzying 44 of those goals have been for Los Blancos since 2009.

     

2. Lionel Messi

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    Ballon d'Or voting isn't the only area where Leo Messi is better than his Real Madrid nemesis. 

    The Argentinean has scored 65 times in 82 Champions League matches (15 less appearances than Ronaldo) and has a goal ratio of 0.79, the highest in the competition's history.

    In March 2012 he became the only player to score five Champions League goals in a single match (during Barcelona's 7-1 rout over Bayer Leverkusen) and he is the only player to have managed four hat-tricks in the competition. Furthermore, he holds the record for most goals scored in a Champions League season for his haul of 14 in 2011-12. 

1. Raul

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    Raul's record of 71 goals in 142 Champions League games means he only scored in every other game, but he remains the most prolific striker in the competition, and of all UEFA tournaments.

    The Spaniard won the competition with Real Madrid three times (1997–98, 1999–00 and 2001–02), scoring in two of the finals.

    Perhaps most impressively, he is the only player to have scored in 14 consecutive Champions League seasons, finding the net in every campaign from 1996-97 to 2010-11. 

     

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