The UEFA Champions League is the grandest stage in club football across Europe, and a talent hub to discover some of the most prolific goalscorers ever in the sport.
Scoring goals effortlessly is often an arduous task in a competition of the magnitude of the UCL, which was first launched as the European Cup in 1955/56 before its rebranding as the Champions League in 1992/93.
Six of the 14 Champions League titles won by English clubs have been in the Premier League era. We highlight some cult heroes that have gone down in history for their record tallies for a single PL club.
Mohamed Salah (38)
Liverpool’s talismanic forward Mohamed Salah is now the undisputed highest goalscorer from an English club in the UEFA Champions League, with 38 goals in 60 games.
The Egyptian forward, who netted his first UCL goal for the Merseysiders against Sevilla in 2017, went past Didier Drogba and Sergio Aguero (both 36) with his hat trick against Rangers in 2022. The triple strike went down in the record books as the fastest hat trick (six minutes and 12 seconds).
Earlier in 2020, Salah became Liverpool’s highest UCL scorer with a goal against Midtjylland. By doing so, he surpassed Steven Gerrard’s tally of 21 goals.
Didier Drogba and Sergio Aguero (36)
Premier League legends Didier Drogba and Sergio Aguero are joint-second on the list for most goals by English club players in the UEFA Champions League.
Drogba, a winner with Chelsea in 2012, was the first to score 36 goals in the UCL, with the last of his strikes in the 2014 edition against Schalke 04, his 74th game.
On the other hand, Aguero matched Didier Drogba’s tally of 36 with a strike in a group-stage fixture against Marseille in 2020. The Argentine, however, took 10 games fewer.
Ruud van Nistelrooy and Thierry Henry (35)
Ruud van Nistelrooy is Manchester United’s most outstanding player in the Champions League, with 35 goals in 43 matches. His returns, in all, are the best amongst any player for a single English club.
The Dutch icon, who spent five years at Old Trafford, scored a combined 22 UCL goals in his first two seasons at the club and continues to enjoy his status as the highest Champions League scorer. His last goal for the Red Devils came against Benfica in 2005.
Thierry Henry, meanwhile, netted 35 times in 77 matches for Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League. The legendary France attacker scored his first UCL goal for the Gunners against Swedish side AIK in 1999, while his final strike came at home against FC Porto in 2006.
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