Messi takes scoring plaudits

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi missed out on two straight UEFA Champions League finals but can take consolation from being the competition's leading scorer for the second season running.

Lionel Messi scored eight goals in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League
Lionel Messi scored eight goals in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League ©Getty Images

Lionel Messi may have missed out on a second successive UEFA Champions League final but the FC Barcelona forward can take consolation from being the competition's leading scorer for the second season running.

The Argentinian international managed eight goals in 11 appearances, one strike less than in 2008/09, to finish one goal ahead of FC Bayern München attacker Ivica Olić and Real Madrid CF's Cristiano Ronaldo.

FC Internazionale Milano hero Diego Milito was next on the list after his double intervention either side of half-time in the Madrid final took his seasonal tally to six. Three players scored five times, meanwhile: Nicklas Bendtner of Arsenal FC, Manchester United FC's Wayne Rooney and Marouane Chamakh from FC Girondins de Bordeaux.  

The European Champion Clubs' Cup record haul remains 14 goals in a campaign, shared by José Altafini (AC Milan, 1962/63) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United, 2002/03). Real Madrid forward Raúl González is still the European Cup's all-time leading marksman with 66 goals, six more than Van Nistelrooy, with Andriy Shevchenko having 57 strikes to his name.

2009/10 UEFA Champions League top scorers
Player Club Goals
Lionel Messi
FC Barcelona
8
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid CF
7
Ivica Olić FC Bayern München 7
Diego Milito
FC Internazionale Milano
6
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United FC
5
Marouane Chamakh FC Girondins de Bordeaux
5
Nicklas Bendtner Arsenal FC 5
Stevan Jovetić
ACF Fiorentina
4
Edin Džeko
VfL Wolfsburg
4
Arjen Robben
FC Bayern München 4
Cesc Fàbregas
Arsenal FC
4
Falcao FC Porto 4
Pedro Rodríguez
FC Barcelona
4
Miralem Pjanić Olympique Lyonnais
4
Zlatan Ibrahimović FC Barcelona 4
Miloš Krasić PFC CSKA Moskva
4
Michael Owen
Manchester United FC
4

UEFA Champions League top scorers season by season
Season Player Club Goals
2008/09 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 9
2007/08 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United FC 8
2006/07 Kaká AC Milan 10
2005/06 Andriy Shevchenko AC Milan 9
2004/05 Adriano FC Internazionale Milano 10
2003/04 Fernando Morientes AS Monaco FC 9
2002/03 Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United FC 14
2001/02 Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United FC 10
2000/01 Andriy Shevchenko
Mário Jardel
AC Milan
Galatasaray AŞ
9
1999/00 Rivaldo
Mário Jardel
Serhiy Rebrov
Raúl González
FC Barcelona
FC Porto
FC Dynamo Kyiv
Real Madrid CF
10
1998/99 Andriy Shevchenko FC Dynamo Kyiv 10
1997/98 Alessandro Del Piero Juventus 10
1996/97 Ally McCoist Rangers FC 6
1995/96 Jari Litmanen AFC Ajax 9
1994/95 George Weah Paris Saint-German FC 8
1993/94 Ronald Koeman
Wynton Rufer
FC Barcelona
Werder Bremen
8
1992/93 Romário FC Barcelona 7

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