This week, Europe's top clubs begin their annual quest for supremacy with the start of the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. The tournament begins tonight with a bevy of exciting matches, including Inter Milan facing Barcelona at Camp Nou, defending Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund against Arsenal and Chelsea welcoming Bayer Leverkusen to Stamford Bridge.
Over the past two decades, the Champions League has provided a stage for European football's cult heroes, young up-and-comers and juggernauts to shine and score plenty of spectacular goals. In honor of the start of league play, we're taking a look back at the all-time top 51 goalscorers of the UEFA Champions League and European Champions Cup.
As a note of clarification, all goal figures from 1971 or later were gathered from here unless otherwise indicated and the totals do not include goals scored during qualifying rounds.