Must Read: Records Ronaldo and Messi have not broken (yet)

17 May

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s ongoing
battle to be the top goalscorer in European
football remains perhaps the sport’s greatest
drama of our age, but both need to raise their
game considerably if they are to scoop the
following European Champion Clubs’ Cup and
UEFA Champions League records.
Final goals
Most goals in European Cup finals: 7 –
Alfrédo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás (both Real
Goals in most European Cup finals: 5 –
Alfrédo Di Stefano (Real Madrid, 1956, 1957,
1958. 1959, 1960)
Most goals in a single European Cup final:
4 – Ferenc Puskás (Real Madrid, 1960)
Most goals in a single UEFA Champions
League final: 2 – Daniele Massaro (AC Milan,
1994), Karl-Heinz Riedle (Borussia Dortmund,
1997), Hernán Crespo (Milan, 2005), Filippo
Inzaghi (Milan, 2007), Diego Milito
(Internazionale Milano, 2010)
With two finals
goals each – and only one in any single final
(Messi in 2009 and 2011, Ronaldo in 2008 and
2014) – Ronaldo and Messi both have a way to
go to emulate the all-time final star strikers.
Two other players have also scored in two
UEFA Champions League finals: Raúl González
(Real Madrid, 2000, 2002) and Samuel Eto’o
(Barcelona, 2006, 2009).
Goals in European Cup/UEFA Champions
League stages
Most UEFA Champions League group stage
goals: Raúl González (53)
Most European Cup/UEFA Champions
League semi-final goals: Alfrédo Di Stéfano
Raúl González – still the top group stage scorer
Raúl’s twin records as the leading UEFA
Champions League and UEFA club competition
goalscorer have been surpassed by Ronaldo
(who now holds both) and Messi, but the ex-
Madrid ace retains his status as the all-time
top marksman in the UEFA Champions League
group stage; Messi on 47 and Ronaldo on 49
may surpass that mark yet.
Di Stéfano lost
his quarter-final record to Ronaldo this
season, but remains king in terms of semi-final
goals, though his throne is increasingly
vulnerable. Ronaldo has registered ten in the
semis; Messi has four.
Success with different sides
Final wins with the most teams in the UEFA
Champions League: 3 – Clarence Seedorf
(Ajax 1995, Real Madrid 1998, Milan 2003,
Highest number of teams scored for in the
UEFA Champions League: 6 – Zlatan
Ibrahimović (Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale,
Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain)
Zlatan Ibrahimović has scored in the UEFA
Champions League for six clubs
Cristiano Ronaldo is unique in having scored in
UEFA Champions League finals for two
different winning sides – Manchester United in
2008 and Madrid in 2014. The luckless Velibor
Vasović is the only other player to net in
European Cup finals for two clubs, as a loser
with Partizan in 1966 and Ajax in 1969.
Ronaldo will require a transfer if he is to
match Clarence Seedorf’s unique achievement
of winning the competition with three separate
Ibrahimović’s record looks even safer from
Messi and Ronaldo, who would have to start
moving clubs regularly – while still scoring – to
make it to six. All of Messi’s goals to date have
come for Barcelona, while Ronaldo has only
found the target for United and Madrid in the
UEFA Champions League.
Oldest goalscorer
UEFA Champions League final: Paolo Maldini
(36 years 333 days) Milan v Liverpool
UEFA Champions League, group stage to
final: Francesco Totti (38 years 59 days)
CSKA Moskva v Roma (25/11/2014)
European Cup: Manfred Burgsmüller (38 years
293 days)
Werder Bremen v Dynamo Berlin (11/10/1988)
Totti’s landmark goal and more
If our dynamic duo are to eclipse Maldini’s
record as the oldest final scorer, they will have
to be patient. Ronaldo’s first chance will be in
the 2021/22 final, while Messi will not be in
line until the 2023/24 showpiece – and only
then provided it does not take place before 23
May, in which case he would have to wait
another year.
To overtake the
UEFA Champions League oldest scorer mark,
Ronaldo will need to register in the
competition, group stage to final, after 1 April
2023, and Messi after 22 August 2025. To
become the European Cup’s all-time oldest
scorer, Ronaldo will have to hit the target after
22 November 2023, and Messi after 13 April
Fastest goals
Fastest UEFA Champions League goal: Roy
Makaay (10.12 seconds)
Bayern München v Real Madrid (07/03/2007)
Fastest UEFA Champions League final goal:
Paolo Maldini (53 seconds) Milan v Liverpool
Fastest Champions League goals
Roy Makaay has established a somewhat
daunting target with his strike pretty much
straight from the kick-off against Madrid.
Ronaldo and Messi’s earliest UEFA Champions
League efforts both came in the fourth
minute – Ronaldo for Madrid against Juventus
in October 2013, and Messi against FC Basel
1893 in October 2008.
Paolo Maldini’s quickfire final goal versus
Liverpool is also a mark neither Ronaldo nor
Messi have come close to achieving; both of
Messi’s final goals were in the second half,
with the earliest of Ronaldo’s two coming 26
minutes into the 2008 decider with Chelsea in
Fastest UEFA Champions League hat-trick:
Bafétimbi Gomis (8 mins)
Dinamo Zagreb v Olympique Lyonnais,
Hat-tricks in consecutive UEFA Champions
League games: Luiz Adriano (2)
FC BATE Borisov v Shakhtar Donetsk
(21/10/14) & Shakhtar Donetsk v FC BATE
Borisov (05/11/14)
Messi and Ronaldo share the record for UEFA
Champions League hat-tricks – five each –
though neither has outstripped Bafétimbi
Gomis’s lightning-quick treble against Dinamo.
The swiftest of Messi’s hat-tricks – his first –
took 22 minutes (v Arsenal FC, 06/04/10),
though a mere 16 minutes separated his
second and fourth strikes in his five-goal salvo
against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 7 March
2012. Ronaldo’s 12-minute treble against
Malmö on matchday six is his fastest to date.
Luiz Adriano broke new ground by scoring
back-to-back UEFA Champions League trios
against BATE last term – five goals in the first
group meeting and three in the second.
Long-distance records
Goals in most successive UEFA Champions
League seasons: Raúl González (14)
Goals in most UEFA Champions League
seasons: Ryan Giggs (16)
Ryan Giggs during season number 16
Sporting CP did not get through qualifying in
Ronaldo’s only attempt with the club, and the
forward then failed to net in his first two UEFA
Champions League seasons with United.
However, he has registered in the last ten
campaigns – and ten in all – meaning he must
keep playing and scoring for five more seasons
to catch Raúl. To replicate Giggs’s total he
may – like the Welshman – need to play on
until he is over 40.
There were no false starts for Messi, who has
now scored in 11 UEFA Champions League
campaigns, but he will be well into his 30s
before he can trouble Raúl or Giggs in this
Single-season total
Most goals in a single European season:
Radamel Falcao (18), Porto 2010/11
Falcao at the end of his record-breaking
Falcao’s glorious exploits in the 2010/11 UEFA
Europa League set a mark that Messi and
Ronaldo have been unable to emulate. The
Colombian’s haul included one goal in
qualifying and 17 in the competition proper.
Messi’s best year came in 2011/12 when he
ended the European season with 14 strikes,
while Ronaldo set a new European Cup/UEFA
Champions League record with 17 in 2013/14.
Goalscoring consistency
Goals in most consecutive appearances:
Ruud van Nistelrooy (9), Manchester United,
Best goals per game average in European
Cup/UEFA Champions League: 0.97 – Gerd
Müller (Bayern)
Best goals per game average in UEFA club
competition*: 0.90 – Radamel Falcao (Porto,
Club Atlético de Madrid)
van Nistelrooy did not figure in all United’s
games in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League
but managed to score in nine straight
appearances in that campaign – ten if you
include his goal in qualifying. Ronaldo has
come the closest to bettering that mark, with
strikes in eight successive 2013/14 outings.
However, when it comes to goals per match,
Ronaldo cannot compete with the all-time
record holders. His UEFA Champions League
record stands at 0.71 a game – 89 goals in 125
games – and it is 0.71 in all UEFA club
competitions – 91 in 128. Messi has registered
more consistently (0.78 in the UEFA
Champions League – 80 goals in 102 games;
0.78 in all UEFA competitions – 83 in 106).
While Falcao’s awesome total may yet come
down if he returns to regular European action,
Gerd Müller’s European Cup ratio still seems
Gerd Müller’s goals-per-game tally in the
European Cup looks unbeatable for the

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