Ronaldo Becomes Outright Champions League Top Scorer for the First Time
Messi and Ronaldo both began last season just a few goals short of Raul’s all time Champions League top scorer record, but it didn’t take long for Messi to equal and then surpass the record.
Ronaldo was hot on his heels for the rest of the season though, and they both ultimately ended it on exactly the same tally of 77 all time Champions League goals to hold the record jointly.
This season, Real Madrid began their campaign a day earlier than Barcelona, providing the perfect opportunity for Ronaldo to edge ahead of Messi and hold the all time Champions League top scorer record outright for the first time.
Of course, he didn’t pass up on this opportunity as he scored his 2nd hat-trick in just 4 days (8 goals in total), helping Los Blancos to a 4-0 win at home to Shakhtar Donetsk. This puts the Portuguese star on 80 all time Champions League goals, 3 ahead of Lionel Messi.
Top 3 Champions League All Time Top Scorers
Correct as of 15th September 2015