Records: most goals in a single #UCL group stage

Lionel Messi came up just short in 2016/17, his tally of ten group stage goals just one short of the competition record set by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2015/16.

Lionel Messi has been in sensational form in this season's UEFA Champions League
Lionel Messi has been in sensational form in this season's UEFA Champions League ©Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo's record of 11 goals in a single UEFA Champions League group stage still stands, though Lionel Messi came close to matching it last season.

UEFA Champions League leading scorers after group stage
2016/17:
Messi (10)
2015/16: Ronaldo (11)
2014/15: Luiz Adriano (9)
2013/14: Ronaldo (9)
2012/13: Burak, Ronaldo (6)
2011/12: Gomez, Messi (6)
2010/11: Eto'o (7)
2009/10: Ronaldo (6)
2008/09: Benzema, Gerrard, Klose, Messi (5)
2007/08: Ibrahimović, Ronaldo (5)
2006/07: Drogba, Kaká, Morientes (5)
2005/06: Shevchenko (6)
2004/05: Van Nistelrooy (8)
2003/04: Drogba, Makaay, Pršo, Şükür (5)
2002/03: Crespo, Inzaghi (8) – first group stage only
2001/02: Elber, Trezeguet (6) – first group stage only
2000/01: Rivaldo, Simone (6) – first group stage only
1999/00: Jardel, Rivaldo (5) – first group stage only
1998/99: Zahovič (7)
1997/98: Henry (6)
1996/97: Bokšić, Artur, Jardel, Pantić, Simeone, Simone (4)
1995/96: Litmanen (6)
1994/95: Weah (6)
1993/94: Rufer (4)
1992/93: Sauzée (5)

Ronaldo became the first player to reach double figures in a group stage in 2015/16; six of his 11 goals came against Malmö. He already held the record along with Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano.

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