Juventus obviously were joyful in welcoming back the king of Uefa Champions league Cristiano Ronaldo yesterday in their first leg quarter final tie against Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena. One can conveniently say that he is the first man to score 125 goals in the Uefa Champions league. He has put daylight between him and his closest rival Barcelona’s Lionel Messi who remained at 108 goals after he fired blank at Old trafford yesternight
CLASS APART FROM THE REST
A close look at the top 10 leading goal scorers, it shows that only Benzema(60), Lewandowski (53), Messi (108),are still active and can increase thier goal tally in the competition, the rest of the pack have since retired though Zlatan(48 goals) is active in another confederation.
“Messi, 31(will be 32 in July 2019), made his Champions League bow in December 2004 and at the end of the 2011-12 season Messi had scored 13 more goals in the competition than Ronaldo.“
ONLY MESSI CAN CATCH CR7
He leads the second top scorer,Messi by a massive 17 goals and as long as he is still active it will be a daunting task for any player to usurp him on the chart. Messi, 31(will be 32 in July 2019), made his Champions League bow in December 2004 and at the end of the 2011-12 season Messi had scored 13 more goals in the competition than Ronaldo. Fast forward to today Ronaldo is 17 goals ahead of Messi, what a turn around. Ronaldo had a crazy scoring rate of at least 10 goals every season from 2011-12 to 2017-18
Messi’s 108 goals have come in 132 appearances for one club Barcelona at the rate of .89 goals per but we must quickly add that the rivalry between both players will persist as long as one of them is still active. For the record Ronaldo scored 105 of his 125 goals in the Real Madrid shirt,the Portuguese was 34 in February and will most probably retire before Messi BUT what do we know stranger things have happened like Raul moving over to Schalke to continue a career many expected should have ended at Real Madrid.
All said and done Messi is still the most realistic player than can come close or break the record. All eyes on both players as this season’s edition of the UCL continues one thing is sure nobody can come close or beat Ronaldo’s goal scoring record this season.
Top UEFA Champions League scorers (excluding qualifying)
125: Cristiano Ronaldo (POR, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
108: Lionel Messi (ARG, Barcelona)
71: Raúl González (ESP, Real Madrid, Schalke)
60: Karim Benzema (FRA, Lyon, Real Madrid)
56: Ruud van Nistelrooy (NED, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid)
53: Robert Lewandowski (POL, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern München)
50: Thierry Henry (FRA, Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
48: Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE, Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale Milano, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United)
48: Andriy Shevchenko (UKR, Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea)
46: Filippo Inzaghi (ITA, Juventus, AC Milan)