Real Madrid and Portuguese superstar winger Cristiano Ronaldo leads the charts with 12 goals in this season’s Champions League campaign.
He scored his last one with an easy tap-in away to finalists Borussia Dortmund after helping his side reach the semi-finals with crucial goals in the knockout stages against old club Manchester United and Galatasaray.
The 28-year-old, who has netted 55 goals for Los Blancos in 55 games, could dethrone Lionel Messi. The latter has scooped each of the last four top scorer awards in the tournament.
However, Ronaldo’s prospect of finishing as this year’s highest goal scorer in the Champions League hangs in the balance. It will all depend on how his closest challengers – Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund, who has ten goals, and Thomas Mueller of Bayern Munich, who has eight – perform in Saturday’s Champions League final.
If it seems almost impossible for Mueller – who scored three times against Barcelona in the semis – to catch Ronaldo at the top of the chart, but the same cannot be said of Lewandowski.
The Poland international remains a serious contender against world football’s most expensive signing.
The ability of the Borussia Dortmund striker is now undoubted following his historic four-goal feat at home to Real Madrid in the previous round. No other player in the history of the Spanish giants had ever hit four goals in a single European match against them.
Lewandowski could not find the target in his last Champions League encounter, which took place at the Bernabeu. He came close on several occasions as his side held on to reach the final.
At Wembley, Borussia Dortmund will need the forward to have a bit more luck in the absence of injured key player Mario Gotze if they want to humble Bayern Munich.
A hat-trick would not only be a dream end to Lewandowski’s 2012/13 Champions League campaign on an individual note. It would also see him knock Ronaldo off the number one spot.
Earlier this month, Ronaldo could only finish second with seven goals behind Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa in the Copa del Rey. His extra-time dismissal meant there was no way the Real Madrid winger could continue his hunt for the top scorer award in this domestic competition.
The 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or runner-up has been very familiar with the second spot in multiple individual and collective awards since his move to Spain back in 2009.
Winning the 2012/13 Champions League top scorer award should bring comfort to Ronaldo, who is once again set to miss out to Lionel Messi on this year’s Pichichi prize.
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