The Champions League barely needs any introduction. It is the pinnacle of success of club football. UEFA Champions League is an annual footballing competition organized by UEFA which is contested by the top division clubs in Europe. The Champions League, known earlier as the European Cup consists of the group stage contested in a round-robin system followed by the knockout stages which include two legs except the final which is played as one-off single match. Different countries have different rules for qualification to the Champions League but mostly the clubs finishing in the top four of a national league gain entry to the next Champions League.
The first edition of the greatest club competition was organized in 1955 and since then the competition hasn’t looked back. As years have passed by, the format has undergone several changes and now is currently contested by 32 teams beginning from the group stages. Champions League has witnessed several prodigies become legends and superstars become icons of the game, along with the coaches who have done their bit to add to the tournament’s greatness.
Real Madrid won their 14th Champions League title this year, twice as many as the next most successful club in the competition’s history. Madrid eliminated PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City and finally, Liverpool in the final to lift the trophy with the ‘big ears’. Manchester City and Villarreal were the other two semifinalists with Real Madrid and Liverpool. Karim Benzema was undoubtedly the star of the campaign as he broke numerous records on his way to score 15 goals in the season.
Over the years, the Champions League has taught the football world the value of being clinical in front of goal and making the most of the chances that come your way. Owing to the high stakes, it has only been the mentally strong and the most potent players who have excelled in the attacking third in the Champions League. Popularly known as ‘Mr. Champions League’, Cristiano Ronaldo has mastered the art of performing in the greatest club competition in the world. Now let’s have a look at the top Champions League goalscorers of all time.
|6.||Ruud van Nistelrooy||56|
|9.||Alfredo Di Stefano||49|