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Champions League Goal Records

  • Cristiano Ronaldo scored the most goals, 134 in the Champions League history
  • FC Barcelona scored the most, 45 goals in one season
  • Real and Liverpool both scored 8 goals in a group game
Champions League goal records

Karim Benzema scored against Chelsea in the first leg of this season’s Champions League semi-finals, which was his 71st goal of the tournament. He has equaled the record of former Real Madrid legend Raul who was third in the all-time list. You can find the leaders of this list and other Champions League goal records below.  Including the highest scoring Champions League final of all time. 

Fans are used to high quality games in the best club tournament in Europe, the UEFA Champions League. They also expect several goals from their favorite teams. These expectations are not always met by the clubs but sometimes we can witness really amazing games with high numbers of goals. Like the 2005 final between Liverpool and AC Milan which is the highest scoring final in the UCL’s history. For such a result, teams of course needed top strikers like Hernan Crespo who scored two goals in the game. The superb Argentinian scored 25 goals in the tournament in 65 appearances which puts him into the 37th place in the all-time list. But let’s see who leads this and other records in the Champions League.

Top scorers in the Champions League goal records

Champions League goal records
Robert Lewandowski – Rufus46, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

We find the winner of last year’s UEFA and FIFA Player of the Year Award, Robert Lewandowksi in third place in the Champions League top scorers’ list. The Polish striker scored 73 goals in 96 appearances so far. 56 for his current club, Bayern Munich and 17 for Borussia Dortmund a couple of years ago. As the defending champions are already out of this season’s cup, Lewandowski won’t be able to increase his score. But surely we can see more goals from him in the next few seasons.

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Just like from Lionel Messi, who is second in the list with 120 goals. The Argentine genius scored all his goals as a Barcelona player. And the Catalan fans hope to see him score more for the club in the future. With Messi being in second place, who else could lead the list of this Champions League goal records than Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star scored 134 goals in 176 appearances for his teams, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus. His future at the Torino club is not certain yet, especially if they can’t qualify for next year’s Champions League. This case Ronaldo might return to the place of his biggest successes, Real Madrid. The team can still win the trophy this season and is in the favorites of online sportsbooks in Spain to win La Liga as well.

Most goals scored in the Champions League by a team in one season

Staying with Real, we find Los Blancos third in another Champions League goal records list. The one which compares the number of the goals scored by the teams in a single season. Real Madrid are third in this list with their 2013-14 season, when the team scored 41 goals and won the tournament. Last season’s winner, Bayern Munich knocked out FC Barcelona with a 8-2 in the quarter-finals which added to their great tally of 43 goals. But even this wasn’t enough to beat their victims, Barcelona who lead the list with 45 goals. Interestingly the Catalans achieved this record in the 1999-2000 season when they only reached the semi-finals under the management of Louis van Gaal. Brazil striker Rivaldo scored the most, 10 goals in that season. But team captain Luis Enrique and Dutch forward Patrick Kluivert also added a few goals to this number.

The biggest Champions League win ever

Defending Premier League champions Liverpool have always been famous for their attacking football and scoring ability. So it’s no surprise that they managed to achieve the joint biggest win in Champions League history. As the Reds won 8-0 against Turkish Besiktas in a group game in the 2007-08 season. Peter Crouch scored the first goal of the match which was soon followed by Yossi Benayoun’s hat-trick. Gerrard, a brace from Babel and another Crouch goal also contributed to the final scoreline. But Real Madrid also managed to score eight goals against the Swedish team, Malmo in 2015. Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals, Karim Benzema had a hat-trick and even Mateo Kovacic scored a goal in another group stage game.  This was the club’s biggest win in their long history which is also a joint record with Liverpool.

Most goals scored in a Champions League game

Next let’s see the Champions League games with the most goals. First we have the Monaco vs Deportivo La Coruna game from the 2003-04 season. When the home team knocked out their Spanish opponent with an 8-3 win. Croatian striker Dado Prso scored four goals to secure the French team’s qualification to the last 16. In spite of their big defeat Deportivo also got to the next round and went all the way to the semi-finals. While Monaco reached their first and so far only final but lost there against Jose Mourinho’s Porto.

Even more goals were scored in the Borussia Dortmund vs Legia Warsaw group stage game in 2016, when the final result was 8-4. The German team was already leading 5-2 in half time, but didn’t stop in the second half. Shinji Kagawa and Marco Reus both scored twice,  while Aleksandar Prijovic also got a brace for Legia. Dortmund reached the quarter-finals in that season, just like this year when Manchester City stopped them.

Champions League goal records
Deportivo de La Coruña – Jose Luis Cernadas Iglesias, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Highest scoring Champions League final game

The final of the 2004-05 season is a legendary one for several reasons. Probably most fans remember it for the magical comeback of Liverpool. Who got back to the game from being 0-3 down against AC Milan. They scored three goals in six minutes to equalize and won the game in the penalty shoot-out 3-2. But the result of the normal playing time, 3-3 also means that this game is the highest scoring Champions League final game. Hopefully we can see another exciting match in this season’s final. With Manchester City and Chelsea being favored to feature in them by online gambling sites in Spain. 

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Top scorers in the Champions League finals

None of the top two scorers of the Champions League finals will have the opportunity to score this year. After the teams of both players are already out. We are talking about Cristiano Ronaldo again, who scored the most, four goals in three different finals. The first in 2008 as a player of Manchester United against Chelsea. Then as a Real player in 2014 against Atletico Madrid. With his third and fourth goal coming against his current club, Juventus in 2017. Ronaldo’s former teammate, Bale also scored against Atletico in 2014 and had a superb brace against Liverpool in the 2018 final.

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