Scoring goals in the knockout stages of any competition is always difficult but some players have mastered that under the pressure.
The UEFA Champions League is one of the most prestigious tournaments in World football. It is considered the biggest honour in Club Football in Europe. Every football team and player aspires to play in and win the competition. The round-robin format sees incredible fixtures during group stages followed by the knockout phase where each round is then played over two legs. Scoring Goals on a grand occasion is always special & it takes a lot of pride in a player to do such things. Like World Cup, every team, and every player dreams about this type of thing for the Champions League also. To say scoring in UCL is difficult and special, some have mastered themselves to be the player with the most goals in UCL Knockout stages, that’s even crazier than the group stage part.
To say the least, UCL is intense. Goals are sometimes hard to come by and it takes incredible skill to beat an equally abled opposition. However, there are players, the legends of the game, who adore the knockout stages. The grand nature of the occasion produces exceptional performances from them, leading to lots of goals.
Keeping & respecting everyone in the mind, here is the list of the Top Five Players with the most goals in UCL Knockout stages.
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Most Goals in UCL Knockouts
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 67 Goals
Cristiano Ronaldo is regarded as the best-ever goalscorer in the history of the UEFA Champions League. After all, he is leading the chart with the most goals in UCL knockout stages. He has scored 67 goals in 80 games. He achieved that number during playing for Manchester United, Real Madrid & Juventus.
Ronaldo first won his Champions League title for Manchester United in 2008, Later on, the Portuguese helped Real Madrid win four Champions League trophies. In terms of all-time leading goalscorers, Cristiano Ronaldo is also leading that chart. 140 goals in 183 appearances for the Mr. Champions League. He is one of two players, alongside Messi, to score more than a century of goals in the competition.
2. Lionel Messi – 49 Goals
Lionel Messi is second on the list of all-time leading goalscorers in the UCL knockout stages. He is only 11 goals (129 Goals in UCL) behind Ronaldo for becoming the all-time leading goal-scorer in the history of the Champions League. The legendary Argentine has 49 goals in UCL knockout stages and will likely surpass the 50 goals mark in the future. The former FC Barcelona player is currently playing for Paris Saint-Germain, hoping to guide the club to their maiden Champions League triumph.
Lionel Messi has won the UEFA Champions League four times in his career. He won the competition with FC Barcelona in 2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11, and 2014-15. It remains to be seen if the attacker can surpass his biggest rival and win a UCL title for PSG before retiring.
3. Karim Benzema – 33 Goals
Karim Benzema led Real Madrid to their 14th Champions League Title last season. He scored 15 goals in the 2021-22 UCL season. After the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid fans were curious about goals. Karim Benzema who never complained about his game time, and playing in different positions stood up. He became that player that Real Madrid needed. Obviously, he was brilliant in the past also but the 2021-22 version of Benzema is different gravy. Karim Benzema has scored 89 goals in 148 appearances in the Champions League.
Benzema is third on the list of most goals in the UCL knockout stages with 33 goals. He has won five Champions League Titles till now in his Career. He has a chance to beat the two G.O.A.Ts of the game by winning the sixth title this season with Real Madrid.
4. Robert Lewandowski – 30 Goals
The Polish international has several records to his name. One of them is being the highest goalscorer in the UCL knockout stages for FC Bayern Munich. Unlike Muller who has two UCL titles with the club, Lewandowski has won it once. The 33-year-old helped the side win the 2019-20 edition of the tournament. Overall, he has 91 goals in the Champions League.
Lewandowski is not his actual name anyway, well it is but in life without football. In Football he is Lewangoalski, his former teammate Muller gave him that name. A perfect striker any team would want in their team. Robert Lewandowski is currently playing for FC Barcelona & has 30 goals to his name in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
5. Thomas Muller – 26 Goals
FC Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller is the fifth-highest goalscorer in the UCL knockout stages. He has 26 goals to his name and could add more to his tally in the future. The 33-year-old is the second player in the top-five rankings from the Bavarians. Muller has won 2 Champions League titles (2013 & 2019) in his career, both with Bayern Munich. He has scored 53 goals in the competition in 139 appearances. He is on his way to pushing for the third title as Bayern Munich has qualified for the Quarter-Finals this season.