French striker Karim Benzema, the Spanish star of Real Madrid, climbed to third place in the ranking of the best scorers in the history of the European Champions League.
The current season witnessed a remarkable brilliance for Benzema in the Champions League, as he leads the competition’s top scorer with 15 goals, in addition to his direct and significant contributions to Real Madrid’s qualification to the final of the competition after surpassing Paris Saint-Germain in the eighth of the final, Chelsea in the quarter-finals, and Manchester City. England in the semi-finals.
Benzema equals Lewandowski’s record in the Champions League scorers list
Benzema raised his tally of goals in the Champions League to 86 goals in 141 games, becoming the third top scorer in the competition in history, equal to Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who has the same number of goals in Europe, which he scored in only 106 games.
Benzema has the opportunity to be alone in third place, if he manages to score a goal in the final against Liverpool, which will be held on Saturday, May 28, in the French capital, Paris.
Cristiano Ronaldo tweets solo in the lead
Benzema, 34, does not seem able to reach the record of his former teammate at Real Madrid, Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the only top scorer in the Champions League with 140 goals scored in 183 European matches.
For his part, the Argentine striker of Paris Saint-Germain, Lionel Messi, is ranked second in the list of top scorers in the Champions League, with 125 goals, scored in 156 matches he played in the European Championship.
It is worth noting that Benzema’s remarkable brilliance prompted many to nominate him to win the Ballon d’Or for its 2022 edition, surpassing many other stars, most notably Robert Lewandowski, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Ranking of top scorers in the UEFA Champions League throughout history
- Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo: 140 goals.
- Argentine Lionel Messi: 125 goals.
- French Karim Benzema and Poland’s Robert Lewandowski: 86 goals each.
- Spain’s Raul Gonzalez: 71 goals.
- Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy: 56 goals.
- Germany’s Thomas Muller, 52 goals.
- French Thierry Henry: 50 goals.
- Spain’s Alfredo Di Stefano: 49 goals.
- Ukrainian Andriy Chevchenko and Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 48 goals each.
- Portuguese Eusebio and Italian Filippo Inzaghi, 46 goals.
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