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Messi takes scoring plaudits

Published: Saturday 22 May 2010, 23.21CET
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi missed out on two straight UEFA Champions League finals but can take consolation from being the competition's leading scorer for the second season running.
by Andrew Haslam
from Madrid
Messi takes scoring plaudits
Lionel Messi scored eight goals in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League ©Getty Images

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Published: Saturday 22 May 2010, 23.21CET

Messi takes scoring plaudits

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi missed out on two straight UEFA Champions League finals but can take consolation from being the competition's leading scorer for the second season running.

Lionel Messi may have missed out on a second successive UEFA Champions League final but the FC Barcelona forward can take consolation from being the competition's leading scorer for the second season running.

The Argentinian international managed eight goals in 11 appearances, one strike less than in 2008/09, to finish one goal ahead of FC Bayern München attacker Ivica Olić and Real Madrid CF's Cristiano Ronaldo.

FC Internazionale Milano hero Diego Milito was next on the list after his double intervention either side of half-time in the Madrid final took his seasonal tally to six. Three players scored five times, meanwhile: Nicklas Bendtner of Arsenal FC, Manchester United FC's Wayne Rooney and Marouane Chamakh from FC Girondins de Bordeaux.  

The European Champion Clubs' Cup record haul remains 14 goals in a campaign, shared by José Altafini (AC Milan, 1962/63) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United, 2002/03). Real Madrid forward Raúl González is still the European Cup's all-time leading marksman with 66 goals, six more than Van Nistelrooy, with Andriy Shevchenko having 57 strikes to his name.

2009/10 UEFA Champions League top scorers
PlayerClubGoals
Lionel Messi
FC Barcelona
8
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid CF
7
Ivica OlićFC Bayern München7
Diego Milito
FC Internazionale Milano
6
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United FC
5
Marouane ChamakhFC Girondins de Bordeaux
5
Nicklas BendtnerArsenal FC5
Stevan Jovetić
ACF Fiorentina
4
Edin Džeko
VfL Wolfsburg
4
Arjen Robben
FC Bayern München4
Cesc Fàbregas
Arsenal FC
4
FalcaoFC Porto4
Pedro Rodríguez
FC Barcelona
4
Miralem PjanićOlympique Lyonnais
4
Zlatan IbrahimovićFC Barcelona4
Miloš KrasićPFC CSKA Moskva
4
Michael Owen
Manchester United FC
4
UEFA Champions League top scorers season by season
SeasonPlayerClubGoals
2008/09Lionel MessiFC Barcelona9
2007/08Cristiano RonaldoManchester United FC8
2006/07KakáAC Milan10
2005/06Andriy ShevchenkoAC Milan9
2004/05AdrianoFC Internazionale Milano10
2003/04Fernando MorientesAS Monaco FC9
2002/03Ruud van NistelrooyManchester United FC14
2001/02Ruud van NistelrooyManchester United FC10
2000/01Andriy Shevchenko
Mário Jardel
AC Milan
Galatasaray AŞ
9
1999/00Rivaldo
Mário Jardel
Serhiy Rebrov
Raúl González
FC Barcelona
FC Porto
FC Dynamo Kyiv
Real Madrid CF
10
1998/99Andriy ShevchenkoFC Dynamo Kyiv10
1997/98Alessandro Del PieroJuventus10
1996/97Ally McCoistRangers FC6
1995/96Jari LitmanenAFC Ajax9
1994/95George WeahParis Saint-German FC8
1993/94Ronald Koeman
Wynton Rufer
FC Barcelona
Werder Bremen
8
1992/93RomárioFC Barcelona7
Last updated: 23/05/10 0.27CET

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