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

Ajax Amsterdam’s Sebastien Haller is the hottest goal scorer in the UEFA Champions League, scoring in every game his club has played and topping the goal charts. But what was once a sizable lead has dwindled with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo heating up.

Haller exploded for four goals in Ajax’s opening match and he also scored in the next two to reach six goals for the tournament. It’s an impressive haul when you consider that last season’s top scorer, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, had the best goal-scoring total with 10.

But Liverpool’s in-form forward Mohamed Salah is now just one behind Haller after the Egyptian international scored twice more against Atletico Madrid in Matchday 3. Robert Lewandowski also got another goal to join Salah on five goals. Lurking behind those top three are Ronaldo and Messi: Both are up to three goals after scoring on Matchday 3.

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

Champions League Top Scorers (2021-2022)

RankPlayerTeamGoals (PKs)AssistsMatchesMins
1.Sebastien HallerAjax613263
2.Mohamed SalahLiverpool5 (1)03239
 Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich5 (1)03259
4.Christopher NkunkuRB Leipzig403261
5.Leroy SaneBayern Munich333251
 Hans VanakenClub Brugge313270
 Antoine GriezmannAtletico Madrid303115
 Karim AdeyemiRB Salzburg3 (2)03240
 Cristiano RonaldoMan United303252
 Riyad MahrezMan City3 (2)03270
 Lionel MessiPSG3 (1)03270
12.Steven BerghuisAjax213217
 PaulinhoSporting CP213257
 Vinicius JuniorReal Madrid213269
 Sebastien ThillSheriff Tiraspol213270
 Roberto FirminoLiverpool202114
 Ivan RakiticSevilla2 (2)03119
 RodrygoReal Madrid203127
 Noah OkaforRB Salzburg203159
 Sebastian CoatesSporting CP202180
 Darwin NunezBenfica2 (1)03198
 JorginhoChelsea2 (2)03242
 Joao CanceloMan City203270
 Karim BenzemaReal Madrid2 (1)03270

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.

2020-21Erling HaalandB. Dortmund10
2019-20Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich15
2018-19Lionel MessiBarcelona12
2017-18Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid15
2016-17Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid12
2015-16Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid16
2014-15Lionel MessiBarcelona10
 Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid10
2013-14Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid17
2012-13Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid12
2011-12Lionel MessiBarcelona14
2010-11Lionel MessiBarcelona12
2009-10Lionel MessiBarcelona8
2008-09Lionel MessiBarcelona9
2007-08Cristiano RonaldoMan United8
2006-07KakaAC Milan10
2005-06Andriy ShevchenkoAC Milan9
2004-05Ruud van NistelrooyMan United8
2003-04Fernando MorientesAS Monaco9
2002-03Ruud van NistelrooyMan United12
2001-02Ruud van NistelrooyMan United10
2000-01Raul GonzalezReal Madrid7
1999-00Mario JardelPorto10
 Raul GonzalezReal Madrid10
1998-99Andriy ShevchenkoDynamo Kyiv8
 Dwight YorkeMan United8
1997-98Alessandro Del PieroJuventus10
1996-97Milinko PanticAtletico Madrid5
1995-96Jari LitmanenAjax9
1994-95George WeahPSG7
1993-94Hristo StoichkovBarcelona5
1992-93Franck SauzeeMarseille5



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