Champions League top goal scorers 2021-2022: Updated golden boot rankings

Two of Europe’s hottest strikers are doing battle atop the UEFA Champions League scoring charts: Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski scored his 9th goal on a stunning bicycle kick goal in Kiev, but Ajax Amsterdam’s Sebastien Haller responded with two goals in a substitute appearance against Besiktas to catch him in the standings.

The nine goals are especially notable for Haller, who has scored in every game that Ajax has played, and is the first player in Champions League history to score nine in his first five matches. Both Lewandowski and Haller have reached an already impressive haul when you consider that last season’s top scorer, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, had the best goal-scoring total of the tournament with 10. Both Ajax and Bayern Munich are also guaranteed to play at least two more matches in the Round of 16.

RB Leipzig attacker Christopher Nkunku is also charging hard after his sixth and seventh goal against Club Brugge, but his club is already eliminated from knockout-round contention. But keep an eye out for superstars Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), and Mo Salah (Liverpool), who are both lurking close behind the top spots and who will all be playing in the knockouts.

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In the chart below, the players are ranked by their goal totals beginning with the group stage. Assists are used as the first tiebreaker, and the second tiebreaker is fewest minutes played. Both are in line with the top scorer tiebreakers that European governing body UEFA implemented for the European Championships.

Champions League Top Scorers (2021-2022)

RankPlayerTeamGoals (PKs)AssistsMatchesMins
1.Sebastien HallerAjax915398
 Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich9 (1)15439
3.Christopher NkunkuRB Leipzig705441
4.Mohamed SalahLiverpool6 (1)05400
 Cristiano RonaldoMan United605431
6.Karim BenzemaReal Madrid5 (1)05439
 Lionel MessiPSG5 (2)05440
 Riyad MahrezMan City5 (2)06498
9.Leroy SaneBayern Munich445410
 Kylian MbappePSG436411
 Pedro GoncalvesSporting CP4 (1)23249
12.Andre SilvaRB Leipzig326403
 Gabriel JesusMan City31479
 Paulo DybalaJuventus3 (2)13198
 Edin DzekoInter Milan315391
 PaulinhoSporting CP315399
 Hans VanakenClub Brugge315450
 Antoine GriezmannAtletico Madrid304196
 Darwin NunezBenfica3 (1)05255
 Karim AdeyemiRB Salzburg3 (2)05393

Note: Total of 28 players tied with two goals scored and 96 players tied with one goal scored. There have also been eight own goals among the total of 251 scored in the tournament.

Champions League Top Scorers (since 1992-93)

Here are the top scorers for each UEFA Champions League tournament since the new format was adopted in 1992-93.

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No surprise as to who the players are who have topped the list on most occasions: Cristiano Ronaldo has led the charts seven times, and Messi six. Their dominant run has happened in the past 14 editions of the Champions League, though neither has claimed the honor in the past two campaigns.

2020-21Erling HaalandB. Dortmund10
2019-20Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich15
2018-19Lionel MessiBarcelona12
2017-18Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid15
2016-17Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid12
2015-16Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid16
2014-15Lionel MessiBarcelona10
 Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid10
2013-14Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid17
2012-13Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid12
2011-12Lionel MessiBarcelona14
2010-11Lionel MessiBarcelona12
2009-10Lionel MessiBarcelona8
2008-09Lionel MessiBarcelona9
2007-08Cristiano RonaldoMan United8
2006-07KakaAC Milan10
2005-06Andriy ShevchenkoAC Milan9
2004-05Ruud van NistelrooyMan United8
2003-04Fernando MorientesAS Monaco9
2002-03Ruud van NistelrooyMan United12
2001-02Ruud van NistelrooyMan United10
2000-01Raul GonzalezReal Madrid7
1999-00Mario JardelPorto10
 Raul GonzalezReal Madrid10
1998-99Andriy ShevchenkoDynamo Kyiv8
 Dwight YorkeMan United8
1997-98Alessandro Del PieroJuventus10
1996-97Milinko PanticAtletico Madrid5
1995-96Jari LitmanenAjax9
1994-95George WeahPSG7
1993-94Hristo StoichkovBarcelona5
1992-93Franck SauzeeMarseille5

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