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

Sporting News logo Sporting News 12/8/2021 Simon Borg

Two of Europe's hottest strikers are doing battle atop the UEFA Champions League scoring charts. After the grop stage, Ajax forward Sebastien Haller has the lead with 10 goals after his first penalty kick in his team's final group match. Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, who has nine goals, could not score in his group finale against Barcelona.

The 10 goals are notable for Haller, who became the first player in Champions League history to score in each of his first six matches. Haller has already matched the total achieved by last season's top scorer, Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland. Both Ajax and Bayern Munich are also guaranteed to play at least two more matches in the Round of 16.

Keep an eye on superstars Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) and Mo Salah (Liverpool) who could potentially make a run at the top spots, especially since their clubs have already advanced to the knockouts. Christopher Nkunku will remain stuck at seven goals after wrapping up his 2021-22 Champions League participation with eliminated RB Leipzig.

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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)

                                       
Rank Player Team Goals (PKs) Assists Matches Mins
1. Sebastien Haller Ajax 10 (1) 1 6 488
2. Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 9 (1) 2 6 516
3. Mohamed Salah Liverpool 7 (1) 0 6 464
Christopher Nkunku RB Leipzig 7 0 6 531
5. Cristiano Ronaldo Man United 6 0 5 431
6. Karim Benzema Real Madrid 5 (1) 0 5 439
Lionel Messi PSG 5 (2) 0 5 450
Leroy Sane Bayern Munich 5 4 6 500
Riyad Mahrez Man City 5 (2) 0 6 518
10. Kylian Mbappe PSG 4 4 6 493
Pedro Goncalves Sporting CP 4 (1) 2 4 279
Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid 4 1 5 286
13. Andre Silva RB Leipzig 3 2 6 410
Gabriel Jesus Man City 3 1 4 79
Timo Werner Chelsea 3 1 3 153
Paulo Dybala Juventus 3 (2) 1 4 243
Paulinho Sporting CP 3 1 6 429
Edin Dzeko Inter Milan 3 1 6 451
Steven Berghuis Ajax 3 1 6 457
Karim Adeyemi RB Salzburg 3 (2) 1 6 459
Marco Reus B. Dortmund 3 (2) 1 6 499
Hans Vanaken Club Brugge 3 1 6 540
Erling Haaland B. Dortmund 3 0 3 203
Darwin Nunez Benfica 3 (1) 0 6 263
Noah Okafor RB Salzburg 3 0 6 360
Jonathan David LOSC Lille 3 0 6 521
Donyell Malen B. Dortmund 3 0 6 392

Note: Total of 33 players tied with two goals scored and 102 players tied with one goal scored. There have also been eight own goals among the total of 292 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.

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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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