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Who is the greatest goalscorer?

Who is your best forward of all time at Europe's elite level? Here are the ten top scorers in European Cup history, now the choice is yours. Vote now to have a chance of winning tickets to the Lisbon final.

All statistics accurate at the start of the 2013/14 season.

Raúl González

13%

Appearances: 144
Goals: 71
The competition's all-time leading goalscorer, he was Real Madrid CF's talismanic spearhead for more than 15 years and won three European Cups to boot.

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Ruud van Nistelrooy

4%

Appearances: 81
Goals: 60
His superb goals-to-games ratio is made all the more impressive by the fact that he did the business at several different clubs across four countries.

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Lionel Messi

25%

Appearances: 79
Goals: 59
The man who may one day overhaul Raúl, he has been at the forefront of FC Barcelona's stellar record in recent years and is not even an out-and-out striker.

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Andriy Shevchenko

4%

Appearances: 116
Goals: 59
One of the stars of the UEFA Champions League era, he was the darling of FC Dynamo Kyiv before switching to AC Milan, where he won the 2003 title.

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Thierry Henry

4%

Appearances: 115
Goals: 51
Spectacular solo efforts, free-kicks, headers, left foot, right foot, tap-ins – Henry scored them all for Arsenal FC before finally winning the title with Barcelona in 2009.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

26%

Appearances: 96
Goals: 51
A supreme athlete with incredible technical gifts, Ronaldo is one of the most prolific forwards in the world and sets up plenty of goals for his team-mates too.

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Filippo Inzaghi

3%

Appearances: 85
Goals: 50
Perhaps the ultimate poacher, Inzaghi lived on the last defender's shoulder and his goalscoring record is testament to a master of the art of finishing.

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Alfredo Di Stéfano

3%

Appearances: 58
Goals: 49
With the sort of strike-rate that makes you double-take, Di Stéfano was the heartbeat of the Madrid side that won the first five European Cups.

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Eusébio

11%

Appearances: 64
Goals: 47
Led SL Benfica to the second of their back-to-back European titles, scoring twice in the final; for a time he was head and shoulders above everyone else.

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Alessandro Del Piero

7%

Appearances: 92
Goals: 44
As graceful on the pitch as he was intelligent, Del Piero spent 19 season at Juventus and was their creative force, helping the Bianconeri to the 1996 European title.

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