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Who is the Champions League top scorer? Benzema, Putellas and the best UCL and UWCL goals stats of 2021-22

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Who is the Champions League top scorer? Benzema, Putellas and the best UCL and UWCL goals stats of 2021-22

The Frenchman has scored 15 goals in this season’s tournament and could equal a Cristiano Ronaldo record in Saturday’s final against Liverpool

Karim Benzema tops the Champions League goalscoring charts for 2021-22 and still has the chance to add to his tally.

The French superstar will once again spearhead the Real Madrid attack in Saturday’s final against Liverpool in Paris. 

Benzema has already scored a remarkable 15 goals in this season’s tournament, and were he to score twice at the Stade de France, he would equal the all-time record for a single campaign, 17, set by former Blancos team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in 2013-14.

Liverpool may boast a brilliant defence, marshalled by Virgil van Dijk, and arguably the world’s best goalkeeper in Alisson, but few would bet against Benzema making history, given his rich vein of form.

Indeed, the 34-year-old has scored in five consecutive knockout fixtures – a remarkable run which has featured back-to-back hat-tricks, against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, as well as the decisive spot-kick that sensationally eliminated Manchester City in the semi-finals.

Of course, Mohamed Salah will be intent on stealing Benzema’s thunder. 

The Egyptian winger has already admitted that he will be gunning for revenge, given he was forced off with a shoulder injury early on in Liverpool’s 2018 Champions League final loss to Madrid in Kyiv.

Salah has struck eight times in this season’s tournament and currently sits sixth in the overall rankings. 

Champions League Top Goalscorers 2021-22

Pos.

Player

Club

Goals

Games

1.

Karim Benzema

Real Madrid

15

11

2.

Robert Lewandowski

Bayern Munich

13

10

3.

Sebastien Haller

Ajax

11

8

4.

Alexia Putellas

Barcelona

11

10

5.

Tabea Wassmuth

Wolfsburg

10

10

6.

Mohamed Salah

Liverpool

8

12

6.

Catarina Macario

Lyon

8

12

8.

Christopher Nkunku

RB Leipzig

7

6

9.

Marie-Antoinette Katoto

Paris Saint-Germain

7

7

10.

Riyad Mahrez

Manchester City

7

12

11.

Jordyn Huitema

Paris Saint-Germain

6

7

11.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United

6

7

13.

Kylian Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain

6

8

14.

Ada Hegerberg

Lyon

6

10

14.

Darwin Nunez

Benfica

6

10

14.

Leroy Sane

Bayern Munich

6

10

17.

Arnaut Danjuma

Villarreal

6

11

18.

Roberto Firmino

Liverpool

5

6

19.

Lionel Messi

Paris Saint-Germain

5

7

19.

Cristiana Girelli

Juventus

5

7

21.

Jennifer Hermoso

Barcelona

5

8

22.

Rodrygo

Real Madrid

5

10

22.

Jill Roord

Wolfsburg

5

10

24.

Sadio Mane

Liverpool

5

12

A big performance in Paris could see him move up a couple of paces but he certainly won’t be overhauling Benzema at this stage, or even Robert Lewandowski.

The Polish striker looked set to battle it out for top spot with Benzema, after 13 goals in just 10 games, but then Bayern Munich were sensationally knocked out in the quarter-finals by Villarreal.

Sebastian Haller was also scoring at a remarkable rate for Ajax before their shock elimination at home to Benfica in the last 16.

Indeed, he became the first man since Marco van Basten to score four goals on their Champions League debut, before then equalling Cristiano Ronaldo’s feat of scoring in all six games in the group stage. 

With his first-leg effort against Benfica in the last 16, Haller also became the first man to net in seven consecutive matches in the competition.

Alexia Putellas, meanwhile, scored in eight of her 10 appearances as she ended up finishing as top scorer in the UEFA Women’s Champions League with 11 goals.

The Barcelona captain’s strike in Saturday’s final loss to Lyon may not have sparked the comeback that Putellas was hoping for, but it did at least see her edge ahead of Tabea Wassmuth.

Like Haller, the Germany international also hit the ground running this season, netting five goals in Wolfsburg’s opening three group games. 

Wassmuth was also on target in her club’s semi-final second leg against Barcelona but Tommy Stroot’s team were unable to turn the tie around.

Elsewhere, Catarina Macario shares sixth place with Salah, having capped a remarkable campaign with a goal in Lyon’s 3-1 win over Barcelona in Turin.

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