You’ll be hard pressed to find a record in European football that doesn’t belong to Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo is the all-time top scorer in the Champions League with 93 goals, while Messi, who scored five goals against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012, is the highest scorer in a Champions League game (a record he shares with Luiz Adriano).
The pair have seven Champions League winners medals between them, Messi holding the edge having won the prestigious tournament four times with Barcelona.
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The two Spanish giants will be in the mix once again this season, joined by the likes of Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Juventus in their attempts to lift the big-eared trophy at the end of the season.
On the day that the group stage draw is made, it’s time to look ahead to European records that do not belong to Messi or Ronaldo.
Despite the incredible talents of both players, there are some that are simply out of reach. These records come courtesy of UEFA.com
Most goals in European Cup finals:
Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas: 7
Goals in most European Cup finals:
Alfredo Di Stefano: 5
Most goals in a single European Cup/Champions League final:
Ferenc Puskas: 4
Most Champions League group stage goals:
Raul Gonzalez: 53
Most European Cup/Champions League semi-final goals:
Alfredo Di Stefano: 11
Final wins with the most teams in the Champions League:
Clarence Seedorf: 3
Highest number of teams scored for in the Champions League:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 6
Oldest goalscorer in Champions League final:
Paolo Maldini - 36 years, 333 days
Messi is 29, Ronaldo is 31.
Oldest goalscorer in Champions League, group stage to final:
Francesco Totti - 38 years, 59 days
Fastest Champions League goal:
Roy Makaay: 10.12 seconds
Messi: Fourth minute
Ronaldo: Fourth minute
Fastest Champions League final goal:
Paolo Maldini: 53 seconds
Messi: 54th minute
Ronaldo: 26th minute
Fastest Champions League hat-trick:
Bafetimbi Gomis: Eight minutes
Messi: 22 minutes
Ronaldo: 12 minutes
Hat-tricks in consecutive Champions League games:
Luiz Adriano: 2
Goals in most successive Champions League seasons:
Goals in most Champions League seasons:
Ryan Giggs: 16
Most goals in a single European season:
Radamel Falcao: 18
Goals in most consecutive appearances:
Ruud van Nistelrooy: 9
Best goals per game average in European Cup/Champions League:
Gerd Muller: 0.97
Best goals per game average in UEFA club competition*:
Radamel Falcao: 0.90
*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup
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