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Who are the all-time group stage top scorers?

There have been 28 editions of the UEFA Champions League group stage; who are the top scorers at this level?

Who are the all-time group stage top scorers?
Who are the all-time group stage top scorers? ©Getty Images

Lionel Messi is now four goals clear at the top of the standings, with no prizes for guessing his nearest competitor.

Statistics do not include goals and appearances from the second group stage (1999/2000 to 2002/03)

Most UEFA Champions League group stage goals

Messi's European goals: 2005-2018
Messi's European goals: 2005-2018

71: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
67: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
51: Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)
47: Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern München)
39: Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Hamburg)
37: Raúl González (Real Madrid, Schalke)
36: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale Milano, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United)
32: Sergio Agüero (Atlético Madrid, Manchester City)
31: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)
30: Didier Drogba (Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)

Best goals per game ratio (minimum 20 scored)

Van Nistelrooy: My top three goals
Van Nistelrooy: My top three goals

0.93: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 71 goals in 76 games
0.84: Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern München) – 47 goals in 56 games
0.76:
Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Hamburg) – 39 goals in 51 games
0.72: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus) – 67 goals in 93 games
0.72: Roy Makaay (Deportivo La Coruña, Bayern München) – 23 goals in 32 games
0.70: Neymar (Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain) – 28 goals in 40 games 
0.69: Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid) – 51 goals in 74 games
0.64: Didier Drogba (Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray) – 30 goals in 47 games
0.62: Edinson Cavani (Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United) – 29 goals in 47 games
0.62: Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan) – 29 goals in 47 games
0.58: Sergio Agüero (Atlético Madrid, Manchester City) – 32 goals in 55 games

• Messi's close to a goal-a-game strike rate is astounding, with Robert Lewandowski not far behind, while Ronaldo's early years as a winger rather than out-and-out forward might explain why he lags behind.