Champions League top scorers 2024/25: Haaland hopes to reclaim Golden Boot

Carlo Garganese
Carlo Garganese
  • Updated: 20 Jul 2024 10:47 CDT
  • 7 min read
Erling Haaland, 2023-24, Man City
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The race to be named Champions League top scorer for the 2024/25 season is set to get under way, as Europe’s best strikers chase the prestigious honour.

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Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe shared last season’s award after scoring eight times each for Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.

Mbappe has since swapped PSG for Real Madrid and the France star will expect to be a strong challenger in the Champions League Golden Boot race once again, as will England captain Kane. Both strikers, however, come into the new season having had disappointing Euro 2024 campaigns.

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Erling Haaland is almost certain to be in the mix as well. He has topped the European Cup scoring standings twice before, once for Borussia Dortmund and then for current club Manchester City as part of their famous treble season in 2022/23.

After missing out to Kane and Mbappe last year, Haaland will try again in his bid to match Ruud van Nistelrooy, Eusebio, Ferenc Puskas and Jean-Pierre Papin in becoming a three-time UCL Golden Boot winner.

There are other contenders to be the top Champions League scorer beyond those big three forwards.

As well as Mbappe, Vinicius Junior and Jude Bellingham are among the Real Madrid candidates hoping to score the most goals in the 2024/25 season as Carlo Ancelotti’s side hope to successfully defend their continental crown, which they earned by beating Dortmund at Wembley.

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Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski is often prolific in the goalscoring charts in Europe’s top club competition, while Atletico Madrid duo Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann were prominent in the goal rankings last season.

As of this season, there will be an extended Champions League format as well, with more matches, more teams and – hopefully – more goals involved, making this year’s Golden Boot battle extremely intriguing.

This page will display the Champions League top scorers for the 2024/25 season, updated after each matchday.

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Qualifying for the tournament is now getting under way, with the early preliminary rounds having already started.

Champions League top scorers 2024/25

The group stage proper is set to begin in the middle of September, with the eagerly anticipated draw taking place on August 29.

Champions League top scorers 2023/24

The top Champions League scorers in the 2023/24 season were Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe, who shared the award with eight goals each.

Neither of the players who shared the Golden Boot made it to the Champions League final last season, with that battle instead contested between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund after Bayern and PSG fell in the semi-finals.

Kane impressed in the Champions League
© IMAGO - Kane impressed in the Champions League

Kane scored eight times in 12 appearances for Bayern, adding continental goals to his stunning Bundesliga season which saw him win the European Golden Shoe.

The former Tottenham striker had four goals in the group stage, two in the last 16 against Lazio, one in the quarter-final matches against Arsenal and another in the semi-finals against Madrid, where Bayern were ultimately eliminated late in a dramatic tie.

Mbappe, meanwhile, had three goals in the groups for PSG, before netting three more times across two legs of the last-16 victory over Real Sociedad on his way to becoming his club's first player since George Weah (1994/95) to top the continental scoring standings.

He scored twice in the quarter-final victory over Barcelona, both goals coming in an impressive second-leg win, but then failed to find the net in either leg of the shock semi-final loss to Dortmund.

Vinicius Junior scored in the final for Real Madrid and he shared third place with Man City's Erling Haaland and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, with that trio all registering six goals in the list of Champions League top scorers for 2023/24.

Goalscoring standings 2023/24

PlayerTeam Goals
1. Kylian MbappePSG8
=1. Harry KaneBayern Munich8
3. Vinicius JuniorReal Madrid6
=3. Antoine GriezmannAtletico Madrid6
=3. Erling HaalandMan City6

Champions League top scorers 2022/23

Erling Haaland topped the Champions League goalscoring rankings in 2022/23.

He netted 12 times for eventual winners Man City, though it was midfielder Rodri who scored the winner in the final against Inter.

Haaland also did not score in either leg of the 5-1 aggregate semi-final win over Real Madrid, but still comfortably claimed his second UCL top scorer title due to his stunning form before that stage.

The striker was helped by his fantastic five-goal performance in a 7-0 round-of-16 second leg win for Man City over RB Leipzig.

Haaland also netted in both legs of the UCL quarter-final win over Bayern.

Erling Haaland won the UCL with Man City
© ProShots - Erling Haaland won the UCL with Man City

Mohamed Salah came in second place, scoring eight times in eight matches, helped by netting a group-stage hat-trick against Rangers.

But he and Liverpool were not part of the competition in 2023/24, after they missed out on a Premier League top-four finish. The Reds will return this season.

Goalscoring standings 2022/23

PlayerTeam Goals
1. Erling HaalandMan City12
2. Mohamed SalahLiverpool8
3. Kylian MbappePSG7
=3. Vinicius Jr.Real Madrid7
5. Joao MarioBenfica6

Haaland also topped the UCL scoring charts for Borussia Dortmund in 2020/21, netting 10 times on that occasion.

Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski have also been recent winners of the award.

Prior to that, there was an astonishing era of dominance from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

One of those two players won the award from every year between 2007 and 2019. That run was only briefly disrupted by Neymar in 2014/15, and even then he was only able to share the honour with Ronaldo and Messi, with all three players striking 10 times that season.

UCL top scorers by season

SeasonWinnerGoals
2023/24Harry Kane (Bayern) and Kylian Mbappe (PSG)8 (award shared)
2022/23Erling Haaland (Man City)12
2021/22Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)15
2020/21Erling Haaland (Dortmund)10
2019/20Robert Lewandowski (Bayern)15
2018/19Lionel Messi (Barcelona)12
2017/18Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)15
2016/17Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)12
2015/16Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)16

Until last year's slightly underwhelming winning totals from Kane and Mbappe, the highest Champions League goalscorer had netted at least 10 times in the competition for 13 straight seasons.

Prior to Kane and Mbappe, Lionel Messi was the last player to win the award while only scoring in single figures, finishing as top scorer in the 2009/10 competition with eight goals.

Champions League all-time goal records

Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time Champions League top goalscorer.

The Portugal star scored 140 times in 183 matches, playing in the competition for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.

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Lionel Messi is in second place with 129 goals, while Robert Lewandowski is the highest active UCL player in the rankings. He is third and fast closing on on a century of goals, with 94 to his name going into this season.

Ronaldo has scored the most goals in a single Champions League campaign, striking 17 times for Real Madrid in 2013/14. That included a goal in the 2014 Champions League final, as his side defeated city rivals Atletico Madrid in extra-time.

And Ronaldo has also become the Champions League top scorer on more occasions than anyone else.

Ronaldo is a seven-time UCL top scorer, putting him just ahead of great rival Lionel Messi, who topped the competition's scoring charts on six occasions.

Real Madrid and Barcelona have traditionally dominated the top scorer rankings. Madrid have had the golden boot winner 16 times dating back to the start of the European Cup, while Barca have had nine winners.

Bayern are now close behind Barca with eight, while Benfica and Man Utd have had the UCL top scorer seven times.

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