Ronaldo overtakes Messi to finish as top scorer

Cristiano Ronaldo has finished top of the UEFA Champions League scorers' table for the fifth year running after overtaking Lionel Messi thanks to his goals in tonight's final.

Cristiano Ronaldo enjoys his second goal tonight and 12th of the campaign
Cristiano Ronaldo enjoys his second goal tonight and 12th of the campaign ©Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo has finished top of the UEFA Champions League scorers' table for the fifth year running after overtaking Lionel Messi tonight, his two goals in Real Madrid's 4-1 final win against Juventus in Cardiff taking him to 12 for the season.

Messi totalled 11 before Barcelona's quarter-final exit, allowing Ronaldo to then move to within one of the lead when he became the first player to pass 100 goals in both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA club competition overall. However, his double tonight in the Welsh capital ensured that the Portuguese has top-scored, either jointly or outright, a record six times – including for a record five consecutive campaigns – and he also leads Messi 105-94 in in UEFA Champions League goals. The last time neither player featured at the top of the scorers' podium was 2006/07.

Among those bubbling under is Monaco's teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé, who managed all his goals in the knockout phase. However, even in that metric he was beaten by Ronaldo, who set a new record of ten knockout goals.

In assists, last term's joint leader Neymar finished top outright this time with eight assists, having a hand in 12 goals overall as well as scoring four himself. Ronaldo managed six assists in addition to his 12 strikes.

2016/17 UEFA Champions League top scorers
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 12
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 11
Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) 8
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München) 8
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Paris Saint-Germain) 7
Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid) 6
Kylian Mbappé (Monaco) 6

2016/17 UEFA Champions League top assists
Neymar (Barcelona) 8
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6
Ousmane Dembélé (Borussia Dortmund) 5
Eduardo Salvio (Benfica) 4
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) 4
Thomas Lemar (Monaco) 4

UEFA Champions League top scorers by season
2016/17: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 12
2015/16
: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 16
2014/15: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Neymar (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 10
2013/14: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 17
2012/13: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 12
2011/12: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 14
2010/11: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 12
2009/10: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 8
2008/09: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 9
2007/08: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) 8
2006/07: Kaká (AC Milan) 10
2005/06: Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan) 9
2004/05: Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) 8
2003/04: Fernando Morientes (Monaco) 9
2002/03: Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) 12
2001/02: Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) 10
2000/01: Raúl González (Real Madrid) 7
1999/2000: Mário Jardel (Porto), Rivaldo (Barcelona), Raúl González (Real Madrid) 10
1998/99: Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv), Dwight Yorke (Manchester United) 8
1997/98: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) 10
1996/97: Milinko Pantić (Atlético Madrid) 5
1995/96: Jari Litmanen (Ajax) 9
1994/95: George Weah (Paris Saint-Germain) 7
1993/94: Ronald Koeman (Barcelona), Wynton Rufer (Werder Bremen) 8
1992/93: Romário (PSV Eindhoven) 7

UEFA Champions League overall top scorers
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid) 105
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 94
Raúl González (Real Madrid, Schalke) 71
Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid) 56
Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid) 51
Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona) 50
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale Milano, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain) 48
Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea) 48
Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan) 46
Didier Drogba (Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray) 44
Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) 42

• All UEFA Champions League statistics for competition proper only

European Cup all-time top scorers (inc qualifying)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid) 106
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 94
Raúl González (Real Madrid, Schalke) 71
Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid) 60
Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea) 59
Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid) 51
Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona) 51
Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan) 50
Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid) 49
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale Milano, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain) 49
Eusébio (Benfica) 47
Didier Drogba (Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray) 44
Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) 44

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