Lewandowski, Messi, Ronaldo, Benzema: Who scored the most CL goals after 100 appearances?

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There just isn't anything quite as good as the Champions League, is there?

Europe's continental showpiece event is the pinnacle for fans and players alike and never fails to deliver up some seismically dramatic football.

It is the stage on which some of the finest footballing magicians have redefined what the term 'the beautiful game' means.

To play in it is a dream, to win it the ultimate fantasy, but to be one of the best players in its history? Well that is an exclusive club reserved for a very elite few.

Harking back, you'll immediately think of the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Andrea Pirlo, Kaka and Andres Iniesta, Clarence Seedorf and Steven Gerrard.

Or perhaps you like to keep things contemporary, focussing instead on the modern day greats that are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Enter Giveaway

While every single one of those above-mentioned superstars are comfortably some of the best that will ever live, there is one man who may just have eclipsed them all and simply isn't getting the credit he deserves for it.

Who is that man, you ask? Robert Lewandowski, of course.

While the UCL has played host to some of the most ruthlessly efficient goalscorers in history, they all simply pale in comparison when measured against the Lewandowski yard stick.

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In fact, the prolific Pole now holds the record for the most goals scored after 100 appearances in the competition, with a monstrous haul of 81 goals.

That pops Lewa above the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, who sit in second and third respectively, with the like of Thierry Henry, Raul and Karim Benzema languishing further behind.

It is an auspicious list even to be apart of, but to top it shows just how good Lewandowski has been in European competition.

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You can see the full list below:

10. Robben: 29
9. Ibrahimovic: 39
8. Thomas Muller: 42
7. Thierry Henry: 46
6. Andriy Shevchenko: 48
5. Raul: 51
4. Karim Benzema: 53
3. Cristiano Ronaldo: 64 
2. Lionel Messi: 77
1. Robert Lewandowski: 81 

Makes for interesting reading, doesn't it?

The top three of Lewandowski, Messi and Ronaldo sit well clear of the rest of the pack.

However, the 13 goal difference between Messi and Ronaldo is a lot more significant than  fans of the Portuguese superstar might care to admit.

Either way, Lewandowski outshines the pair of them and, should he go on to be granted the title of best in the world at the end of year Ballon d'Or ceremony, he would be more than deserving.

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