Champions League top goal scorers 2021-2022: Updated golden boot rankings

The 2021-22 Champions League scoring crown is Karim Benzema’s to lose. After netting four times against Chelsea in the quarterfinals, the Real Madrid forward added another two goals in the first leg of the semifinal series against Man City, taking him one goal past Robert Lewandowski, 14-13.

The Bayern Munich forward and his team were eliminated from the competition in the quarterfinals and he has since watched Benzema catch up to him and overtake him. Benzema continued his magical season against Man City with a sensational volley and a panenka to give Real Madrid hope of turning things around in the second leg.

In the previous round, Benzema silenced Chelsea’s home crowd with three goals in the first leg, and then scored another in extra time of the second leg. He accounted for four of Real Madrid’s five goals in the 5-4 aggregate-goal quarterfinal triumph.

In third place in the top scorers table is Ajax forward Sebastien Haller who wrapped up his tournament with 11 goals, including scoring in each of his first seven matches. But Haller’s Ajax squad were eliminated in the Round of 16 after he could not score in an eighth straight game. Ajax lost that match at home to Benfica 1-0, dropping out of the tournament 3-2 on aggregate.

Lewandowski, Benzema and Haller all surpassed last season’s top scorer, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland (10 goals). Only Benzema is left to chase Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League single-season record of 17 goals (2013-14).

In the chart below, the players are ranked by their goal totals beginning with the group stage. Assists are used as the first tiebreaker, and the second tiebreaker is fewest minutes played. Both are in line with the top scorer tiebreakers that European governing body UEFA implemented for the European Championships.

Champions League Top Scorers (2021-2022)

As of matches played on Tuesday, April 26.

Rank Player Team Goals (PKs) Assists Matches Mins
1. Karim Benzema Real Madrid 14 (2) 0 10 822
2. Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 13 (3) 3 10 876
3. Sebastien Haller Ajax 11 (1) 1 8 667
4. Mohamed Salah Liverpool 8 (1) 0 10 742
5. Christopher Nkunku RB Leipzig 7 0 6 531
6. Leroy Sane Bayern Munich 6 6 10 799
Kylian Mbappe PSG 6 4 8 673
Arnaut Danjuma Villarreal CF 6 (1) 2 10 822
Riyad Mahrez Man City 6 (2) 1 10 811
Cristiano Ronaldo Man United 6 0 7 612
Darwin Nunez Benfica 6 (1) 0 10 614
12. Roberto Firmino Liverpool 5 0 6 308
Lionel Messi PSG 5 (2) 0 7 630
14. Thomas Muller Bayern Munich 4 3 10 779
Pedro Goncalves Sporting CP 4 (1) 2 5 329
Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid 4 2 9 519
Gabriel Jesus Man City 4 1 7 191
Timo Werner Chelsea 4 1 5 245
  • 3 goals: 23 players
  • 2 goals: 31 players
  • 1 goal: 108 players

Note: There have also been eight own goals among the total of 366 scored in the tournament.

Champions League Top Scorers (since 1992-93)

Here are the top scorers for each UEFA Champions League tournament since the new format was adopted in 1992-93.

No surprise as to who the players are who have topped the list on most occasions: Cristiano Ronaldo has led the charts seven times, and Messi six. Their dominant run has happened in the past 14 editions of the Champions League, though neither has claimed the honor in the past two campaigns.

Year Player Team Goals
2020-21 Erling Haaland B. Dortmund 10
2019-20 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 15
2018-19 Lionel Messi Barcelona 12
2017-18 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 15
2016-17 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 12
2015-16 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 16
2014-15 Lionel Messi Barcelona 10
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 10
Neymar Barcelona 10
2013-14 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 17
2012-13 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 12
2011-12 Lionel Messi Barcelona 14
2010-11 Lionel Messi Barcelona 12
2009-10 Lionel Messi Barcelona 8
2008-09 Lionel Messi Barcelona 9
2007-08 Cristiano Ronaldo Man United 8
2006-07 Kaka AC Milan 10
2005-06 Andriy Shevchenko AC Milan 9
2004-05 Ruud van Nistelrooy Man United 8
2003-04 Fernando Morientes AS Monaco 9
2002-03 Ruud van Nistelrooy Man United 12
2001-02 Ruud van Nistelrooy Man United 10
2000-01 Raul Gonzalez Real Madrid 7
1999-00 Mario Jardel Porto 10
Rivaldo Barcelona 10
Raul Gonzalez Real Madrid 10
1998-99 Andriy Shevchenko Dynamo Kyiv 8
Dwight Yorke Man United 8
1997-98 Alessandro Del Piero Juventus 10
1996-97 Milinko Pantic Atletico Madrid 5
1995-96 Jari Litmanen Ajax 9
1994-95 George Weah PSG 7
1993-94 Hristo Stoichkov Barcelona 5
1992-93 Franck Sauzee Marseille 5

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