He celebrated by turning his kit around so all the world could read his name. Van Nistelrooy is considered one of the best technical strikers to ever play the game and was a key goal-scoring asset to three of Europe’s most storied clubs, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United and Real Madrid. The peak of his success came in the Champions League season, when he set the record for most goals in a single tournament with United. The Argentine international has spent time at four of Italy’s top clubs and was a high-impact player in Serie A, the Premiership and European competition. While on loan to AC Milan, he scored twice in a valiant Champions League final performance, although Liverpool came from behind to make the Rossoneri the runners-up.
The UEFA Champions League, known until 1992 as the European Champion Clubs’ Cup or colloquially as the European Cup, is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1955. Originally a straight knockout competition open only to champion clubs, the tournament was expanded during the 1990s to incorporate a round-robin group phase and more teams. The expansion resulted in more games being played, increasing players’ goalscoring chances, thus the list below is weighted in favor of modern players.
Robert Lewandowski from Poland who plays for Bayern Munich is the top scorer of the season with 15 goals. He struck on the first five matchdays, and his four against Crvena zvezda came in a competition-record 16 minutes, ensuring he topped the group stage table for the second year running. He then scored again in the round of 16 at Chelsea to go back ahead of Erling Braut Haaland, and twice more in the return, and has five assists to boot. He moved up to 68 goals after further strikes against Barcelona and Lyon in Lisbon, ahead of Karim Benzema in fourth in the competition’s all-time rankings. He needed two in the final to equal Cristiano Ronaldo’s single-season record but it was hard luck as he drew a blank for the first time in the 2019/20 competition. One of the best Dutch players of the past several decades, Patrick Kluivert’s quickness and intelligence with the ball have drawn comparisons to another Dutch footballing legend, Johan Cruyff (Kluivert has even been cited as using his patented ‘Cruyff Turn’ move). Kluivert’s rise to football fame came in the 1995 Champions League final, where after some great performances in previous matches, he scored a crafty goal on a Frank Rijkaard setup and gave Ajax their first Champions League title in more than 20 years.
Ronaldo also shares the record for most appearances in Champions League finals with Paolo Maldini, both played in six finals. In terms of preferred route to goal in the season, almost one third of the goals scored came from crosses and cut-backs (29.3% to be precise) — including Kingsley Coman’s winning goal for Bayern Munich in the final.
Asian club football moved into an exciting new era with the launch of the AFC Champions League in and Salem Johar wrote his name into the history books when the Al Ain midfielder scored the first-ever goal in a final against BEC Tero Sasana. A whopping 62 goals were scored in the third round of the competition this season and two of the game’s greatest ever scorers were at it again. Below you find the current top goal scorers for the Champions League football league in Europe, season 2020/2021. Highest goal scorers right now are Álvaro Morata, Erling Braut Haaland, Marcus Rashford and Neymar, with 6 scored goals. Champions League is sometimes also called UEFA Champions League or UCL. In previous seasons, Champions League has also been called European Champion Clubs Cup and European Cup.More information and the winning top scorers in Champions League between the seasons 2000/ /2020 here. As of August 2020, Cristiano Ronaldo still holds the record for most goals scored in final matches of the UEFA Champions League with a total of four goals throughout his career.
Only 9 out of 50 players on the list never competed in the reformed Champions League. Additionally, two players participated in both European Cup and Champions League eras.
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