Cristiano Ronaldo currently owns the record for most goals in Champions League in one season.
The Portuguese striker scored 17 goals in the 2013-14 season, beating the previous record of 14 goals set by Lionel Messi in the 2011-12 campaign.
Ronaldo came close to breaking his own record twice, in the 2015-16 and in 2017-18 seasons.
In the 2015-16 season, Cristiano Ronaldo’s 16-goal tally comprised 11 goals in the group stage alone - a record that stands to this date. Furthermore, he netted three hat-tricks that term, becoming the first to do so in a single edition.
Whereas in the 2017-18 campaign, the Portuguese star scored 15 goals. He earned another record to his name as he became the first and only player to score in all six group matches of a UCL season.
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski is fourth on the list of players with most Champions League goals in a season.
The Poland forward netted 15 goals in the 2019-20 Champions League season as he led Bayern Munich to their sixth European title.
Lionel Messi wraps up the top-five list for most Champions League goals in a season.
The Barcelona icon, who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain, scored 14 goals in the 2011-12 season, where he became the first player to score five goals in a single UCL game in the Round of 16 tie against Bayer Leverkusen. The 14-goal tally was part of Messi’s historic record of 73 goals in a single football season.
Karim Benzema’s all-important goal in the second leg fixture of the 2021-22 Champions League semi-final against Manchester City saw him reach 15 goals for the season. The Frenchman, who scored two UCL hat-tricks in the 2021-22 season, is the fourth player to reach 80-plus goals in the competition and the first France striker - since Just Fontaine in 1958–59 - to reach double figures in a European Cup / Champions League campaign.
Most goals in the Champions League in one season
Author: William Paul
Featured photo: AFP / JAVIER SORIANO