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Greatest Players in Champions League History (Part 2)

Summary

Andriy Shevchenko Only Raul, van Nistelrooy and Lionel Messi have managed more goals in the Champions League than Andriy Shevchenko, and what’s particularly impressive about the Ukrainian’s record in the competition is that 23 out of his 59 tallies came […]

LYON, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 26: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus reacts during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Olympique Lyon and Juventus at Parc Olympique on February 26, 2020 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Andriy Shevchenko

Only Raul, van Nistelrooy and Lionel Messi have managed more goals in the Champions League than Andriy Shevchenko, and what’s particularly impressive about the Ukrainian’s record in the competition is that 23 out of his 59 tallies came while he played with Dynamo Kiev.

But it was with AC Milan that he finally got to lift Ol’ Big Ears, and he scored six goals in 10 matches in 2004-05 as the Rossoneri finished runners-up to Liverpool.

A move to Chelsea put the brakes on what had been a storied career, and he managed only four European goals for the London club.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Doesn’t do it in the big games, huh?

Not only did Cristiano Ronaldo score for Man United in the 2008 Champions League Final against Chelsea, but he has also tallied 51 times in the competition overall.

And of those 51 goals, an impressive 27 have come in the knockout round. Only Lionel Messi, on 29, has scored more often at crunch time than the Portugal captain.

Kaka

During his six seasons at AC Milan, Kaka played in 63 Champions League matches, scoring 24 goals and contributing 15 assists.

That’s 39 goals he was involved in for the Rossoneri, and he lifted the European Cup in 2007 after finishing second to Liverpool two years prior.

Unfortunately, his career has taken a downturn since moving to Real Madrid in 2009, and he has scored only five Champions League goals over the past four years.

Samuel Eto’o

He narrowly missed out on next season’s Champions League after current club Anzhi Makhachkala finished behind CSKA Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg in the Russian Premier League, but Samuel Eto’o won a pair of European Cups at Barcelona and another at Inter Milan over an illustrious career at continental level.

In total, he has so far scored 28 Champions League goals, but what’s truly impressive about the Cameroon international is that he scored in a pair of finals—in 2006 against Arsenal and in 2009 against Manchester United.