Lewandowski, Ronaldo, Benzema: What's the highest-scoring XI in Champions League history?

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick vs Benfica on Tuesday

Robert Lewandowski set yet another incredible Champions League record on Tuesday evening.

In his 100th game in the competition, the Bayern Munich goal-machine netted a breathtaking hat-trick in the 5-2 demolition of Benfica at the Allianz Arena.

That treble means he's now found the back of the net 81 times in the Champions League, the highest total achieved by any player in their first century of appearances.

Yes, that includes both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Lewandowski is playing football from a different planet right now and his outrageous form in 2021 can certainly be described as 'Ballon d'Or worthy'.

Lewandowski in action for Bayern

The Polish striker is now comfortably clear as the third-highest goalscorer in Champions League history and takes his place in a very exclusive XI as a result.

Transfermarkt have provided a full 11-man team with the most goals scored in Europe's top-tier competition since it was rebranded way back in 1992, with Lewandowski part of a delicious two-man strike partnership.

Let's take a look at the XI in full...

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The XI with the most goals in Champions League history

GK | Hans Jorg Butt

Games: 62

Goals: 3

RB | Dani Alves

Games: 111

Goals: 12

CB | Sergio Ramos

Games: 129

Goals: 15

Ramos with Real Madrid

CB | Gerard Pique

Games: 122

Goals: 16

LB | Roberto Carlos

Games: 120

Goals: 16

CM | Paul Scholes

Games: 124

Goals: 24

Scholes with Man Utd

RW | Lionel Messi

Games: 152

Goals: 123

LW | Cristiano Ronaldo

Games: 180

Goals: 139

CAM | Thomas Muller

Games: 128

Goals: 49

Muller with Bayern

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ST | Robert Lewandowski

Games: 100

Goals: 81

ST | Karim Benzema

Games: 134

Goals: 75

Total goals: 553

Benzema with Real Madrid

An incredible XI that is essentially wall-to-wall legends.

If Pique finds the back of the net again for Barcelona in Champions League action this season, he'll officially become the highest-scoring defender outright.

Ronaldo and Messi are streets clear of the rest when it comes to goals scored

And even Lewandowski will struggle to get anywhere near the pair of GOATs in his final years at the very highest level.

However, while that may be the case, Bayern's main man stands a very good chance of becoming just the third player to reach the 100-goal mark in the Champions League.

That in itself is an stellar achievement.

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