Champions League 2021-22 top scorers: Benzema beats Lewandowski & Haller in race for most goals

Karim Benzema Real Madrid 2021-22
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Here's what you need to know about the top scorers in this year's competition, with candidates from Liverpool and Bayern Munich

The 2021-22 Champions League is over, with Real Madrid coming out on top in the battle between Europe's biggest heavyweights for continental glory.

Some of the biggest teams and best players in the world featured in the tournament, with a frightening array of attacking talent on display.

GOAL has compiled individual goal tallies for the highest-scoring Champions League players in 2021-22.

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Champions League 2021-22 Top Scorers

PosPlayerClubGoals

1

Karim Benzema

Real Madrid

15

2

Robert Lewandowski

Bayern Munich

13

3

Sebastien Haller

Ajax

11

4

Mohamed Salah

Liverpool

8

=5

Christopher Nkunku

RB Leipzig

7

=5

Riyad Mahrez

Manchester City

7

=7

Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United

6

=7

Leroy Sane

Bayern Munich

6

=7

Arnaut Danjuma

Villarreal

6

=7

Kylian Mbappe

PSG

6

=7

Darwin Nunez

Benfica

6

=12

Lionel Messi

PSG

5

=12

Roberto Firmino

Liverpool

5

=12

Sadio Mane

Liverpool

5

=12

Rodrygo

Real Madrid

5

Karim Benzema finished as the Champions League top scorer in 2021-22, hitting 15 goals as Real Madrid won their 14th European crown.

Five of those goals came in the group stage, where Madrid endured a slow start, with the remaining goals being scored at crucial points in the knockout stage.

He struck a hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16, following that up with four goals across two legs against Chelsea - including a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge - in the quarter-final. The France striker scored a further three goals across two games against Manchester City in the semi-final.

Benzema was followed closely by Robert Lewandowski and Sebastien Haller, with those two players being the only others to breach double figures in the competition.

Who finished top in 2020-21?

Erling Haaland Dortmund 2021-22

Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Erling Haaland was crowned the Champions League top-scorer in 2020-21 season despite his side being knocked out at the quarter-final stage.

Haaland scored 10 goals, finishing two goals ahead of PSG star Kylian Mbappe and four ahead of the likes of Marcus Rashford, Olivier Giroud and Mohamed Salah who scored six goals each.

It was Lewandowski who finished as the Champions League top scorer the campaign prior in 2019-20, which is also the season that Bayern won the competition.

 

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