Champions League All-Time Top GoalScorers: Robert Lewandowski Becomes Fifth Highest Leading Scorer in UCL With Brace in Bayern Munich’s Win
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Robert Lewandowski scored twice to move into fifth in the all-time top Champions League goal-scoring list. Lewandowski’s wonderful brace – added to Corentin Tolisso’s 75th-minute winner – handed Bayern Munich a third straight win in Champions League 2019-20. Bayern beat a spirited Olympiacos 3-2 after the Greek side took a half-first lead and looked well set to escape with at least a draw. The double against Olympiacos in Group B also meant Lewandowski has now scored in three successive UCL matches. It took his goal tally in the 2019-20 Champions League to five and overall UCL tally to 58 goals. The Polish striker overtook former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Rudd van Nistelrooy, who has 56 goals from 73 UCL matches.

Lewandowski is also part of the elite group of players to have scored 50 or more Champions League goals. Raul Gonzalez (71 goals) and Thierry Henry (50 goals) are the only other players to have completed a half-century of goals in Europe’s elite competition. Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently scored 700 career goals and is also five away from becoming only the second European player to complete 100 international goals, leads the Champions League goal-scoring charts with 127 goals, while Lionel Messi is second in the list, which also has Ronaldo’s former club Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema at fourth. The French forward has scored 60 goals.

Top Five UEFA Champions League Goal-Scorers

Name Nationality Matches Goals
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 165 127
Lionel Messi Argentina 137 112
Raul Gonzalez Spain 142 71
Karim Benzema France 115 60
Robert Lewandowski Poland 83 58

Ronaldo, however, is second in the list of most Champions League goals scored for a single club. Messi, who has only represented Barcelona in his career, leads that chart with 112 goals. Ronaldo is second with 106 goals for Real Madrid in the competition, which he has won five times. Messi and Ronaldo are the only players to score more than 100 goals for a single club in the Champions League. Polish Lewandowski, who joined Bayern from Borussia Dortmund in 2014, has so far scored 41 goals in the UCL for the Bavarians and could cross the half-century mark this season.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are the defending Champions League winners having beaten English Premier League (EPL) rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in last season’s UCL final. Top goal-scorer Ronaldo joined Serie A giants Juventus from Real Madrid last season after guiding Los Blancos to their fourth UCL title in five seasons and a third successive Champions League victory. Raul Gonzalez at third is the only player to have retired from the game among the top five Champions League goal scorers.