UCL Top Scorers In Each Season Since 1992
The 2021/2022 UEFA Champions League season began this week, and to be honest, we were really thrilled by it.
One man who stole the show however was Sabastien Haller. The Ajax striker netted four goals as his side thrashed Sporting Lisbon 5-1. Haller has now become the 16th player in the competition’s history to have scored four goals in a single match.
Haller’s four goals also means that he is the competition’s top scorer at this early stage; and should he continue with his fine form, then he might as well win the Champions League Golden boot.
Well, considering the number of stars in the Champions League, it may seem quite ambitious to think Haller will end up as the top scorer; but then, when you look down the years, you will discover that some of the most unlikeliest players ended up as top scorers in the Champions League. If Ronald Coleman who was a defender won it while playing for Barcelona as a defender in 1994, and Erling Haaland won it last season ahead of the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Lewandowski and the rest, while won’t Haller go for it?
It is therefore with the above in mind that we shall take a look at the competition’s top scorers in each season since 1992 as revealed by Givemesport.
So without further ado, let’s have a look;
1992/93: Romario | PSV Eindhoven – 7 goals
1993/94: Ronald Koeman | Barcelona – 8 goals
1994/95: George Weah – Paris Saint-Germain – 8 goals
1995/96: Jari Litmanen | Ajax – 9 goals
1996/97: Milinko Pantic | Atletico Madrid – 5 goals
1997/98: Alessandro Del Piero | Juventus – 10 goals
1998/99: Dwight Yorke | Manchester United & Andriy Shevchenko | Dynamo Kyiv – 8 goals
1999/00: Raul Gonzalez | Real Madrid, Rivaldo | Barcelona & Jardel | FC Porto – 10 goals
2000/01: Andriy Shevchenko | AC Milan – 9 goals
2001/02: Ruud van Nistelrooy | Manchester United – 10 goals
2002/03: Ruud van Nistelrooy | Manchester United – 12 goals
2003/04: Fernando Morientes | AS Monaco – 9 goals
2004/05: Ruud van Nistelrooy | Manchester United – 8 goals
2005/06: Andriy Shevchenko | AC Milan – 9 goals
2006/07: Kaka | AC Milan – 10 goals
2007/08: Cristiano Ronaldo | Manchester United – 8 goals
2008/09: Lionel Messi | Barcelona – 9 goals
2009/10: Lionel Messi | Barcelona – 8 goals
2010/11: Lionel Messi | Barcelona – 12 goals
2011/12: Lionel Messi | Barcelona – 14 goals
2012/13: Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid – 12 goals
2013/14: Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid – 17 goals
2014/15: Neymar | Barcelona, Lionel Messi | Barcelona & Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid – 10 goals
2015/16: Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid – 16 goals
2016/17: Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid – 12 goals
2017/18: Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid – 15 goals
2018/19: Lionel Messi | Barcelona – 12 goals
2019/20: Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich – 15 goals
Unsurprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the names that appears most on the above list. The former has finished as the competition’s top scorer seven times. He is also the competition’s most goals scorer in a single campaign with 17 goals; a feat he achieved in the 2013/14 campaign.
Messi meanwhile has finished as top scorer six times, just one shy of his arch-rival.