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Top 5 Champions League goalscorers of all time

Jidonu Mauyon
ANALYST
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4.66K   //    08 Feb 2019, 10:54 IST

Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi
Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi

The UEFA Champions League, the ultimate stage in European club football has witnessed a lot of fantastic talents in its long and illustrious history, with a lot of legendary figures immortalizing their names with their incredible exploits in the European tournament.  

From unbeatable goalkeepers to rock-solid defenders down to intelligent midfielders and amazing attackers, the Champions League has witnessed a lot of fantastic players with diverse abilities. However, the category of superstars that often predominate our memories of the tournament is that of the goalscorers.

It is such a beautiful experience to score a goal in any football match but the feeling that comes with doing the same in Europe's number one tournament is clearly incomparable. This is why the most prolific goalscorers in the Champions League history will be remembered for a very very long time.

Having said that, let's dive in and quickly take a look at the top 5 all-time goalscorers of the competition:

#5 Ruud Van Nistelrooy

The Dutch legend enjoyed a prolific Champions League career
The Dutch legend enjoyed a prolific Champions League career

Dutch legend, Ruud Van Nistelrooy enjoyed immense success while representing the likes of PSV Eindhoven and Real Madrid but it was actually during his time as a Manchester United player that he was able to establish himself among the most prolific goalscorers in the history of the UEFA Champions League.

While at Old Trafford, Van Nistelrooy finished on top of the goalscoring chart in the European tournament on 3 different occasions before leaving for Real Madrid in the summer of 2006. By the time he hung his boots, the striker already had a massive 56 goals to his name in 73 UCL appearances, which makes him one of the all-time goalscorers in the competition.

However, despite his incredible goalscoring exploits in the Champions League, it is quite obvious that the Dutch International never won the trophy in his career but he will be remembered for a long time for his efforts.

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