Ronaldo, Messi, Koeman: Which players have won the Champions League Golden Boot?

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times

On Wednesday evening, Ajax's Sebastien Haller joined a very exclusive club.

The Ivory Coast international became the 16th player in Champions League history to score four goals in a single game.

Haller achieved the feat in Ajax's 5-1 win away at Sporting Lisbon and it means he's currently the competition's leading scorer in 2021/22.

Who knows, the former West Ham United striker may even have a shot at winning the Champions League Golden Boot this season after his masterclass in the Portuguese capital.

Haller wouldn't be the most unexpected footballer to win the award either.

That's because back in 1993/94, current Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman finished as the Champions League's top scorer with the Spanish club, despite the fact he played as a defender.

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Don't believe us? Well, take a look at the list below, which contains the leading scorer in every single season of Europe's top-tier competition since it was rebranded in 1992/93.

Unsurprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi crop up on more than one occasion...

1992/93

Romario (PSV Eindhoven) - 7 goals

1993/94

Ronald Koeman (Barcelona) - 8 goals

Koeman with Barcelona

1994/95

George Weah (Paris Saint-Germain) - 8 goals

1995/96

Jari Litmanen (Ajax) - 9 goals

1996/97

Milinko Pantic (Atletico Madrid) - 5 goals

Pantic with Atletico

1997/98

Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) - 10 goals

1998/99

Dwight Yorke (Manchester United) & Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv) - 8 goals

1999/00

Raul Gonzalez (Real Madrid), Rivaldo (Barcelona) & Jardel (FC Porto) - 10 goals

Raul with Real Madrid

2000/01

Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan) - 9 goals

2001/02

Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) - 10 goals

2002/03

Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) - 12 goals

Van Nistelrooy with Man Utd

2003/04

Fernando Morientes (AS Monaco) - 9 goals

2004/05

Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) - 8 goals

2005/06

Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan) - 9 goals

Shevchenko with AC Milan

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2006/07

Kaka (AC Milan) - 10 goals

2007/08

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) - 8 goals

2008/09

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - 9 goals

Messi at Barcelona in 2008

2009/10

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - 8 goals

2010/11

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - 12 goals

2011/12

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - 14 goals

Messi at Barcelona in 2011

2012/13

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) - 12 goals

2013/14

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) - 17 goals

2014/15

Neymar (Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Barcelona) & Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) - 10 goals

Messi & Neymar with Barcelona

2015/16

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) - 16 goals

2016/17

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) - 12 goals

2017/18

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) - 15 goals

Ronaldo with Real Madrid

2018/19

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - 12 goals

2019/20

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) - 15 goals

2020/21

Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) - 10 goals

Haaland with Dortmund

In seven of the 29 completed Champions League seasons, Ronaldo has finished as the top scorer, while Messi has done so in six different campaigns.

That level of consistency really is ridiculous and we may never seen anything quite like it again.

Both Shevchenko and Van Nistelrooy achieved the feat in three editions of the competition, which is yet more proof that they're two of the greatest strikers the sport has ever seen.

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