The ultimate UEFA Champions League poll

Who is the greatest goalscorer?

All season long we have been asking you: Who is the best forward to have graced Europe's top club competition? ... And now the results are in!
Cristiano Ronaldo
Poll winner

Cristiano Ronaldo

It was a close-run thing, but the Real Madrid CF forward has won your vote with a record-breaking season in Europe no doubt having helped his cause.


Player profile

  • Date of birth05 February 1985
  • Current clubReal Madrid (ESP)
  • NationalityPortugal
  • PositionForward

Full poll results

Lionel Messi


Appearances: 86
Goals: 67
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.

Raúl González


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.



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.

Alessandro Del Piero


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.

Ruud van Nistelrooy


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.

Andriy Shevchenko


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.

Thierry Henry


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.

Alfredo Di Stéfano


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.

Filippo Inzaghi


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.