Ronaldo, Messi, Benzema: Who is the greatest goalscorer in Champions League history?

Ronaldo, Benzema and Messi are three of the four greatest goalscorers in Champions League history

Karim Benzema was on the scoresheet once again for Real Madrid on Tuesday evening.

The Frenchman notched from the penalty spot as the Spanish giants succumbed to a shock 2-1 defeat to Sheriff Tiraspol.

That was his ninth goal of the season.

It was also his 72nd goal in Champions League history. What makes Benzema’s tally so impressive that his strike against the Moldovan outfit was his first from the penalty spot in the competition.

But how does his tally compare to the highest-scorers in Champions League history?

View the top 30 greatest goalscorers in the competition below.

Figures are correct as of September 28, 2021. When players are tied, they’ve been ordered by their goals-per-game ratio.

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30. Patrick Kluivert – 29 

29. Roy Makaay – 29

28. David Trezeguet – 29

27. Francisco Gento – 30

26. Kaka – 30

25. Wayne Rooney – 30

Wayne Rooney in action for Man United

24. Samuel Eto’o – 30

23. Arjen Robben – 31

22. Mohamed Salah – 31

21. Fernando Morientes – 33

20. Gerd Muller – 34

19. Edinson Cavani – 35

18. Ferenc Puskas – 36

17. Sergio Aguero – 41

Sergio Aguero in action for Manchester City

16. Neymar – 41

15. Alessandro Del Piero – 42

14. Didier Drogba – 44

13. Filippo Inzaghi – 46

12. Eusebio – 46

11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 48

10. Andriy Shevchenko – 48

9. Thomas Muller – 49

Thomas Muller in action for Bayern Munich

8. Alfredo Di Stefano – 49

7. Thierry Henry – 50

6. Ruud van Nistelrooy – 56

5. Raul – 71

4. Karim Benzema – 72

3. Robert Lewandowski – 75

2. Lionel Messi – 121

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 135

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Manchester United

Benzema is now the fourth greatest goalscorer in Champions League history after leapfrogging Raul.

The Frenchman is still going strong at 33 years old and is likely to add to his tally even further.

The three players he’s currently behind, though, are also still doing some superhuman things.

Lewandowski is a legitimate Ballon d’Or contender having been ridiculous for Bayern Munich.

The duo are fairly close, but it’s Messi and Ronaldo who are way out in front.

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Ronaldo leads the way with 135 goals, 14 clear of eternal rival Messi.

Both still seem to be scoring goals at will despite being 36 and 34 respectively.

The Argentine is two years younger than Ronaldo but whether he reaches his mark remains to be seen.

One thing can be said for certain: Ronaldo and Messi are going to be sitting atop the Champions League goalscoring charts for many, many years.

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