Cristiano Ronaldo heads scoring charts

Already the UEFA Champions League's top scorer in four previous seasons, Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way again with a record-breaking 11 goals after the group stage.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates one of his four goals against Malmö
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates one of his four goals against Malmö ©AFP/Getty Images

With a record-breaking 11 goals in this season's competition already, Cristiano Ronaldo is on course to finish as the UEFA Champions League's top scorer for the fifth time – although the race is by no means over, with a number of big names still in contention.

Ronaldo became the first player to reach double figures in a UEFA Champions League group stage with his four-goal salvo against Malmö on matchday six – his second treble of the season already following a hat-trick in the opening game against Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Portuguese finished as the UEFA Champions League top scorer in 2007/08 (eight goals), 2012/13 (12), 2013/14 (17, a new European Cup record) and 2014/15, when he tied with Lionel Messi and Neymar on ten. This time round, Bayern München's Robert Lewandowski is his closest challenger with seven goals, one more than Zenit's Artem Dzyuba.

Ronaldo also now has a clear lead over Messi in both the UEFA Champions League overall scoring charts (88 goals to 80) and the all-time European Cup rankings (89 to 80). Karim Benzema (46 goals) and Zlatan Ibrahimović (45) could both bring up a half-century of UEFA Champions strikes this season.

2015/16 UEFA Champions League top scorers
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 11
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München) 7
Artem Dzyuba (Zenit) 6
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) 5
Javier Hernández (Bayer Leverkusen) 5
Thomas Müller (Bayern München) 5
Luis Suárez (Barcelona) 5
Willian (Chelsea) 5

UEFA Champions League top scorers by season
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

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UEFA Champions League overall top scorers
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid) 88
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 80
Raúl González (Real Madrid, Schalke) 71
Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid) 56
Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona) 50
Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea) 48
Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid) 46
Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan) 46
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale Milano, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain) 45
Didier Drogba (Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray) 44
Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) 42

• All UEFA Champions League statistics for group stage to final only

European Cup all-time top scorers (inc qualifying)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid) 89
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 80
Raúl González (Real Madrid, Schalke ) 71
Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid) 60
Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea) 59
Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona) 51
Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan) 50
Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid) 49
Eusébio (Benfica) 47
Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid) 46
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale Milano, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain) 46
Didier Drogba (Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray) 44
Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) 44

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