As we reach the business end of the Champions League, LatestBettingSites runs down the list of the competitions Top 10 goal scorers. Ronaldo, Henry, Messi, Eusebio – all manner of big names appear. But who comes out on top...?
X – Eusebio (47, Benfica)
Not only did the Portuguese superstar rack up his goals at an impressive rate but he did so at a time when the European Cup was a straight knockout competition. Imagine what he might have accomplished today…
VIII= - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (48, Ajax/Juventus/Internazionale/Barcelona/AC Milan/Paris Saint-Germain)
No matter where he’s played, ‘Ibrah’ has had no trouble finding the goal. Expect his tally to increase if i) Manchester United finish in the top four, or ii) he ups and takes his prodigious talent elsewhere.
VIII= - Andriy Shevchenko (48, Dynamo Kiev/AC Milan/Chelsea)
A man who clearly enjoys a cut-throat atmosphere, star Ukrainian striker Shevechenko went from playing to managing the national side, and in between entered the shark tank that is 21st century politics.
VII – Alfredo Di Stefano (49, Real Madrid)
One of European football’s true greats, Di Stefano scored his European Cup goals at roughly one a game. The ‘Blond Arrow’ also accomplished the unusual feat of playing international football for three countries.
VI – Thierry Henry (50, Monaco/Arsenal/Barcelona)
Henry’s record might have been better were it not for his short but unproductive spell at Juventus. Still, there isn’t an Arsenal fan alive who wouldn’t love to see him still playing for the Gunners today.
V – Karim Benzema (51, Lyon/Real Madrid)
At just 29, the Frenchman is bound to improve his tally, especially since Real Madrid are dominating the current European scene in much the same way as they did during the 1950s.
IV – Ruud van Nistlerooy (56, PSV/Manchester United/Real Madrid)
He mightn’t have played for a Champions League winning outfit but the Dutchman was always among the goals. Only recurrent injury problems prevented him from posting a tally to trouble…
III – Raul (71, Real Madrid/Schalke 04)
Three Champions Leagues wins and six La Liga titles with Real Madrid, over 100 caps for Spain – it’s little wonder ‘El Ferrari’ is considered a key figure in the history of both the club and his country.
II – Lionel Messi (94, Barcelona)
As he’s still the right side of 30, Messi’s bound to rack up 100 Champions League goals before he hangs up his boots. As for whether he’ll make it to the top of the pile depends on when this chap calls it quits…
I – Cristiano Ronaldo (103, Manchester United/Real Madrid)
The three-time Champions League winner reached three figures on Tuesday 18th April when he completed his sixth Champions League hat-trick Naturally, he celebrated in the subtle, understated manner you'd expect..