After Benzema’s Hat Trick Against Chelsea, UEFA Releases Top 10 Champions League Highest Goal Scorers

After Benzema’s Hat Trick Against Chelsea, UEFA Releases Top 10 Champions League Highest Goal Scorers

Babajide Orevba
  • Cristiano Ronaldo remains the leading scorer in the UEFA Champions League, as the 37-year-old has so far registered 140 goals
  • Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema took his tally in the competition to 82 following his sensational hat-trick against Chelsea
  • Argentina and Barcelona legend Lionel Messi is in the second position with 125 goals, while Robert Lewandowski is third with 85

The Europe football governing body (UEFA) has released a list of the top ten all-time highest goal scorers in a post via its Twitter handle following the completion of this season’s quarter-final first-leg fixtures on Wednesday.

Karim Benzema netted a hat-trick to help Real Madrid beat Chelsea 3-1 in the Champions League, while Spanish side Villarreal defeated Bayern Munich 1-0 on the same night.

Frenchman Benzema took his tally in the prestigious competition to 82 as he is now the fourth-highest goal scorers in the prestigious competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Champions League, Benzema
Cristiano Ronaldo leads the Champions League all-time scorers' chart with 140 goals. Photo: Naomi Baker
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The 34-year-old is just three goals behind third-placed Robert Lewandowski in the latest rankings released by UEFA.

Below are the top ten UEFA’s all-time top scorers:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 140

2. Lionel Messi – 125

3. Robert Lewandowski – 85

4. Karim Benzema – 82

5. Raul Gonzalez – 71

6. Ruud Van Nistelrooy – 56

7. Thomas Muller – 52

8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 48

9. Andriy Shevchenko – 48

10. Filippo Inzaghi – 46

Ronaldo urges Man Utd teammates to step-up fight for top four

Meanwhile, Ronaldo is doing everything possible to inspire his teammates to continue the fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

The top scorer at Old Trafford is driving his teammates and has applauded “a great training session” as they prepare for their weekend’s fixture against Everton.

Ronaldo returned to Manchester United having spent 12 years away at Spanish club Real Madrid and Italian side Juventus as he was handed the No.7 shirt again.

The 37-year-old found the back of the net 18 times this season, but despite his brilliance in front of goal, he has been criticised. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has shared an image on social media of himself in the gym with compatriot Diogo Dalot.

Rooney responds to Ronaldo’s cheeky jibe

Sports Brief earlier reported that Wayne Rooney has responded to Cristiano Ronaldo’s comment that he is ‘jealous’ of the Portugal superstar.

The two former teammates have been going back and forth with each other in recent days, and it all started when Rooney made some interesting comments while on punditry duty.

According to Rooney, United needed to focus more on rebuilding with younger players who are ‘more hungry’.