Haaland, Ronaldo, Messi: Who has the best Champions League goals-per-game ratio?

Erling Braut Haaland was Manchester City‘s match-winner yet again on Wednesday night.

In the latter stages of the team’s Champions League group stage match against his former club Borussia Dortmund, the Norwegian striker scored an acrobatic stunner to secure a 2-1 victory.

Haaland’s display of athleticism to convert Joao Cancelo’s cross first-time was quite simply outrageous and yet more proof that he is already among the very best in the business at age 21.

The Ballon d’Or winner in the making now has 26 Champions League goals to his name, which is one more than Robin van Persie managed in his entire career.

Ridiculous, right?

Haaland is just a freak of nature when it comes to goalscoring and at this moment in time, he is the player with the best goals-per-game ratio in the history of the European Cup – and by a considerable distance as well.

Yes, even the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, as well as legendary figures from yesteryear like Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas and Gerd Muller, pale in comparison to Haaland.

Below, we’ve detailed the 30 players among the 50 leading scorers in European Cup history with the best goals-per-game ratios.

Let’s begin…

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The 30 best goals-per-game ratios in European Cup history

30. Robin van Persie (Arsenal, Manchester United) | 25 goals | 0.42 goals-per-game

29. Jose Augusto (Benfica) | 24 goals | 0.43 goals-per-game

28. Thierry Henry (AS Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona) | 50 goals | 0.45 goals-per-game

27. Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) | 42 goals | 0.47 goals-per-game

26. Roy Makaay (Deportivo La Coruna, Bayern Munich) | 29 goals | 0.48 goals-per-game

25. Didier Drogba (Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray) | 44 goals | 0.48 goals-per-game

24. Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea) | 48 goals | 0.48 goals-per-game

23. David Trezeguet (AS Monaco, Juventus) | 29 goals | 0.50 goals-per-game

22. Raul Gonzalez (Real Madrid, Schalke) | 71 goals | 0.50 goals-per-game

21. Edinson Cavani (Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain) | 35 goals | 0.51 goals-per-game

Edinson Cavani celebrates a goal for PSG
PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 17: Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates as he scores their first and equalising goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on February 17, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

20. Mohamed Salah (Basel, AS Roma, Liverpool) | 37 goals | 0.51 goals-per-game

19. Marco Simone (AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco) | 24 goals | 0.52 goals-per-game

18. Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid, Manchester City) | 41 goals | 0.52 goals-per-game

17. Mario Jardel (FC Porto, Galatasaray) | 25 goals | 0.54 goals-per-game

16. Neymar (Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain) | 42 goals | 0.55 goals-per-game

15. Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan) | 46 goals | 0.57 goals-per-game

14. Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart, Bayern Munich) | 26 goals | 0.59 goals-per-game

13. Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid) | 86 goals | 0.60 goals-per-game

12. Kylian Mbappe (AS Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain) | 36 goals | 0.65 goals-per-game

11. Eusebio (Benfica) | 46 goals | 0.71 goals-per-game

Eusebio with Benfica
Portuguese footballer Eusebio, of Benfica, in training at White City, London, for a European Cup, second leg, semi-final match against Tottenham Hotspur, 4th April 1962. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

10. Jean-Pierre Papin (Marseille, AC Milan, Bayern Munich) | 28 goals | 0.76 goals-per-game

9. Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid) | 56 goals | 0.77 goals-per-game

8. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus) | 140 goals | 0.77 goals-per-game

7. Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain) | 126 goals | 0.80 goals-per-game

6. Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Barcelona) | 89 goals | 0.82 goals-per-game

5. Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid) | 49 goals | 0.84 goals-per-game

4. Jose Altafini (AC Milan, Juventus) | 24 goals | 0.86 goals-per-game

3. Ferenc Puskas (Budapest Honved, Real Madrid) | 36 goals | 0.88 goals-per-game

2. Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich) | 34 goals | 0.97 goals-per-game

  1. Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City) | 26 goals | 1.24 goals-per-game
Erling Haaland celebrates Man City's win
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Erling Haaland of Manchester City celebrates following their sides victory after the UEFA Champions League group G match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund at Etihad Stadium on September 14, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Haaland is an absolute joke.

Of course, it’s very unlikely he’ll be able to maintain that strike rate throughout the course of his career, but what’s almost certain is that Haaland will go down as a Champions League legend.

Especially if he leads City to their first ever title in his debut season…

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