Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has joined Zlatan Ibrahimović in tenth place in the list of European Cup all-time scorers while Cristiano Ronaldo is the first to reach 80 goals.
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has joined Zlatan Ibrahimović in tenth place in the list of all-time European Cup scorers.
Benzema has now registered 43 UEFA Champions League goals following his effort against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, the same as Ibrahimović, who is the only player to have scored for six different clubs in the competition. Benzema’s strikes, meanwhile, have all come for Olympique Lyonnais and Real Madrid. He is now a goal ahead of Alessandro Del Piero, who only ever represented Juventus in Europe.
Cristiano Ronaldo converted two penalties in the second half and added a third to reach 80 and move ahead of Lionel Messi at the top of the table, at least until Barcelona visit Roma on Wednesday.
European Cup all-time leading scorers (group stage to final)
80: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid)
77: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
71: Raúl González (Real Madrid, Schalke)
56: Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid)
50: Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
48: Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan, Chelsea, Dynamo Kyiv)
46: Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid)
46: Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan)
44: Didier Drogba (Olympique Marseille, Galatasaray, Chelsea)
43: Karim Benzema (Olympique Lyonnais, Real Madrid),
43: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale Milano, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain)
42: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)