Messi closing in on his 100th Champions League goal


Lionel Messi continued his great start of the season for Barcelona and scored a double in his team’s 3-0 victory over Juventus.

With the two goals scored during the Catalans’ debut in the new Champions League season, Messi now only needs four more goals to reach 100 goals scored in the most important clubs’ competition.

The leading all-time top goalscorer in Champions League is currently Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese has scored 106 times. Messi is second with 96 goals, followed by Raul Gonzalez, with 71.

Lionel Messi got himself an early start in the race for the top goalscorer of the competition, with the two goals scored against Juventus.

The current list of goalscorers in Champions League

2 goals: Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Messi (FC Barcelona), Pardo (Olympiakos)

1 goal: Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Tiemoue Bakayoko (Chelsea), Batshuayi (Chelsea), Doumbia (Sporting Lisbon), Fellaini (Manchester United), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Gelson Martins (Sporting Lisbon), Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea), Rakitic (FC Barcelona), Rashford (Manchester United), Seferovic (Benfica), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Vitinho (CSKA Moscow), Zappacosta (Chelsea), Jamaletdinov (CSKA Moscow).

Players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne have not yet played in the competition this season, but they are expected to be candidates to the title of top goalscorer.

The list of top goalscorers for the new format of Champions League (since 1992/1993 season)

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 106 goals
2. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) – 96
3. Raul (*) – 71
4. Ruud van Nistelrooy (*) – 60
5. Andrei Shevcenko (*) – 59
6. Thierry Henry (*) – 51
6. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 51
8. Filippo Inzaghi (*) – 50
9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – 49
10. Didier Drogba (*) – 44

The players marked with * are no longer active in UEFA competitions.