The race to finish as the leading scorer in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League features the competition's all-time top two marksmen, with Real Madrid CF's Raúl González and Ruud van Nistelrooy among those out in front.
Both Raúl and Van Nistelrooy have registered five times in the UEFA Champions League this season, joining Chelsea FC's Didier Drogba, AC Milan's Kaká and Fernando Morientes of Valencia CF at the head of the list. Raúl struck twice and Van Nistelrooy also found the net in Madrid's 3-2 first knockout round first-leg victory against FC Bayern München last week, adding further lustre to their already-impressive haul in the history of the competition.
Raúl's 56 goals in 107 UEFA Champions League games is a record and his tally of 58 in all UEFA club competition matches stands just four behind the all-time mark of 62 set by Gerd Müller. Van Nistelrooy is chasing his Madrid team-mate with 48 goals from 68 outings in the UEFA Champions League and the Dutchman holds the record for the highest number in a season after scoring 12 times for Manchester United FC in 2002/03.
The man sitting in third spot in the UEFA Champions League all-time ranking is Chelsea FC's Andriy Shevchenko, who also netted a first-leg goal at FC Porto last week to move his career total to 45 from 85 appearances. The Ukrainian international is level with Raúl in the scoring chart for all UEFA competitions on 58 goals and Müller's long-standing record would appear to face a serious threat on two fronts.
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