Many players have achieved records in the Champions League competition, among them the fastest to reach the 20th goal of their career in the tournament since their appearance.
During the last period, the Norwegian Erling Haaland, the Borussia Dortmund striker, reached this number, as the distinguished striker scored a brace against Sevilla at home, winning (5-3) in the aggregate of Dortmund’s two matches, bringing his tally to ten goals this season in the competition, and twenty goals in its history. During only 14 matches.
In the next report, we review the 10 fastest players to reach the total of 20 Champions League goals.
Marco Simon (35 matches)
Italian star Marco Simone was a great striker of his era, scoring 150 goals for Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.
During his appearance in the Champions League with the teams he was playing for, Simon managed to score 23 goals in 40 games, of which “two triples”, the first came within 24 minutes, which is another record.
Karim Benzema (34 matches)
French striker Karim Benzema has scored in each of his last 16 seasons in the Champions League, and he needs only 3 more goals to surpass Spain’s striker Raul Gonzalez’s 71 goals.
The veteran Real Madrid striker scored his 20th tournament goal in his seventh season in the Champions League, against Ajax in 2011.
Brazilian striker Mario Gardel has played for 18 different clubs, scoring nearly 400 goals in his career, including 25 goals in the Champions League.
Mario Gardel (33 games)
In the 1999-2000 season, Gardel was the top scorer, scoring 10 goals, at which point he had scored his twentieth goal in the competition.
Rivaldo (33 matches)
Another player on this list who has scored goals and won titles in his illustrious football career is Brazilian Rivaldo, whose best achievements in the Champions League came with Barcelona.
Rivaldo has 27 goals in the Champions League, 22 of which are with Barcelona, noting that his twentieth goal was accompanied by the “Catalan” club against Lyon in 2001 with a penalty kick.
Mario Gomez (32 matches)
German striker Mario Gomez was an outstanding goalscorer, scoring 26 goals in the Champions League from just 44 matches.
Most of his goals in the competition came with Bayern Munich, and he scored his twentieth goal in the competition against Basel in 2012.
Filippo Inzaghi (28 matches)
Italian striker Filippo Inzaghi scored 29 goals in the Champions League with Milan, and contributed significantly to the team’s victory in two championship titles.
In general, Inzaghi has 46 goals in the competition, and his 20th goal was in the “Rossoneri” shirt in his first season with the club from 2001-2002, and he scored in his team’s match against Deportivo La Coruna.
Ruud van Nistelrooy (27 matches)
Dutch legend Ruud van Nistelrooy scored 56 goals in the UEFA Champions League, during which he was named top scorer on three separate occasions.
In his most prolific season of goals in the competition during 2002-2003, Van Nistelrooy scored 12 goals in just 9 matches for Manchester United, including his 20th in his history.
Alessandro Del Piero (26 matches)
Italian striker Alessandro Del Piero may not have achieved as much success in the “Champions League” as he enjoyed locally, but he nonetheless scored 42 goals in the competition over 15 seasons.
Del Piero scored in each of his first five matches in the competition, and it took only 26 games to reach 20 goals.
Harry Kane (24 matches)
Harry Kane is relatively new to the Champions League, as he made his debut in the competition with Tottenham Hotspur in 2016.
But the English striker managed to score 20 goals in the Champions League, despite the small number of participation in it, as he played only 24 matches.
Erling Haaland (14 matches)
Since the Norwegian striker Erling Haaland made his debut in the Champions League with Red Bull Salzburg in September 2019, the youngster has grabbed the spotlight in the competition thanks to his incredible scoring power.
And through his wonderful brace against Seville recently, the young Norwegian player raised his Champions League tally to 20 goals in just 14 games, a unique achievement for the youngster.