Champions League top goal scorers 2022/23: Updated golden boot rankings

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Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski will be battling it out for the Champions League golden boot in 2022/23
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It's Mohamed Salah and Kylian Mbappe jointly atop the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League scoring charts after the conclusion of the group stage, each netting their seventh goal in the competition on the final group matchday.

Salah scored against Napoli in a 2-0 victory, while Mbappe scored the opener against Juventus in PSG's 2-1 win.

The closest contenders are a group of three players on five goals headlined by Erling Haaland who did not appear in Man City's group finale due to an injury. Robert Lewandowski didn't score against Viktoria Plzen and he will no longer be a threat given Barcelona were knocked out. Meanwhile, Mehdi Taremi moved up to five goals, too, after getting Porto's first in a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid.

There's a group of 10 players on four goals, including two Napoli players, two Benfica players, PSG's Lionel Messi, and Bayern's Leroy Sane, all of whom are moving on to the knockouts.

The table below is updated after each round of matches beginning with the group stage. Assists are used as the first tiebreaker, and the second tiebreaker is fewest minutes played. Both are in line with the top scorer tiebreakers that European governing body UEFA implemented for the European Championships.

MORE: Who has the most Champions League goals all-time?

Champions League Top Scorers 2022/23

Updated as of Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Rank Player Team Goals (PKs) Assists Matches Mins
1. Kylian Mbappe PSG 7 (1) 3 6 528
  Mohamed Salah Liverpool 7 (1) 1 6 444
3. Mehdi Taremi FC Porto 5 (2) 2 5 440
  Erling Haaland Manchester City 5 (0) 0 4 249
  Robert Lewandowski* Barcelona 5 (0) 0 5 442
6. Lionel Messi PSG 4 (0) 4 5 435
  Giacomo Raspadori Napoli 4 (0) 2 5 212
  Leroy Sane Bayern Munich 4 (0) 2 4 292
  Olivier Giroud AC Milan 4 (2) 2 6 430
  Mohammed Kudus* Ajax 4 (0) 2 6 451
  Vinicius Jr Real Madrid 4 (0) 1 6 441
  Jude Bellingham Borussia Dortmund 4 (0) 1 5 450
  Rafa Silva Benfica 4 (0) 1 6 501
  Joao Mario Benfica 4 (3) 1 6 523
  Giovanni Simeone Napoli 4 (0) 0 5 245
16. Andre Silva RB Leipzig 3 (0) 3 6 424
  Piotr Zielinski Napoli 3 (1) 2 6 305
  Mykhaylo Mudryk* Shakhtar Donetsk 3 (0) 2 6 518
  Ferran Torres* Barcelona 3 (0) 1 5 184
  Darwin Nunez Liverpool 3 (0) 1 6 280
  Edin Dzeko Inter Milan 3 (0) 1 6 372
  Rodrygo Real Madrid 3 (1) 1 6 423
  Sadio Mane Bayern Munich 3 (0) 1 6 495
  Christopher Nkunku RB Leipzig 3 (0) 1 6 538
  Eric M. Choupo-Moting Bayern Munich 3 (1) 0 4 226
  Noah Okafor* RB Salzburg 3 (1) 0 6 470
  Daichi Kamada Eintracht Frankfurt 3 (1) 0 6 520

* Will not be participating in knockout rounds (eliminated in group stage)

  • 2 goals: 45 players
  • 1 goal: 101 players
  • Own goals: 8 players

There have been 304 goals scored in the 2022/23 Champions League, including eight own goals

  • Dinamo Zagreb (1): Robert Ljubicic
  • FC Copenhagen (1): Davit Khocholava
  • Inter Milan (1): Danilo D'Ambrosio
  • Maccabi Haifa (1): Sean Goldberg
  • Porto (1): Ivan Marcano 
  • PSG (1): Danilo
  • Shakhtar Donetsk (2): Artem Bondarenko, Valeriy Bondar

Champions League Golden Boot 2021/22

The 2021-22 Champions League scoring crown was claimed by Karim Benzema. He didn't score in the final against Liverpool, but he did enough damage in the earlier knockout rounds to finish on 15 goals, two better than Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, but short of Cristiano Ronaldo's single-season record of 17 (2013/14).

Benzema, who also won the scoring race in La Liga with 27 goals, had a magical season in the Champions League, willing Real Madrid into the final with his goals. His three goals against Man City in the semis were critical, and in the quarterfinals Benzema silenced Chelsea's home crowd with three goals in the first leg, and then he also scored the decisive blow in extra time of the second leg.

Rank Player Team Goals (PKs) Assists Matches Mins
1. Karim Benzema Real Madrid 15 (3) 1 12 1106
2. Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 13 (3) 3 10 876
3. Sebastien Haller Ajax 11 (1) 1 8 668
4. Mohamed Salah Liverpool 8 (1) 2 13 1008
5. Riyad Mahrez Man City 7 (2) 2 12 986
  Christopher Nkunku RB Leipzig 7 (0) 0 6 531
7. Leroy Sane Bayern Munich 6 (0) 6 10 798
  Kylian Mbappe PSG 6 (0) 4 8 673
  Arnaut Danjuma Villarreal CF 6 (1) 2 11 906
  Cristiano Ronaldo Man United 6 (0) 0 7 611
  Darwin Nunez Benfica 6 (1) 0 10 613
12. Rodrygo Real Madrid 5 (0) 2 11 505
  Sadio Mane Liverpool 5 (0) 1 13 822
  Roberto Firmino Liverpool 5 (0) 0 7 323
  Lionel Messi PSG 5 (2) 0 7 630
16. Vinicius Junior Real Madrid 4 (0) 6 13 1199
  Thomas Muller Bayern Munich 4 (0) 3 10 778
  Timo Werner Chelsea 4 (0) 2 5 246
  Pedro Goncalves Sporting CP 4 (1) 2 5 329
  Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid 4 (0) 2 9 518
  Gabriel Jesus Man City 4 (0) 1 8 352
  Luis Diaz Liverpool/
Porto
4 (0) 1 13 908
  • 3 goals: 20 players
  • 2 goals: 30 players
  • 1 goal: 111 players

NOTE: There were nine own goals among the total of 380 scored in the tournament.

Champions League Top Scorers (since 1992-93)

Here are the top scorers for each UEFA Champions League tournament since the new format was adopted in 1992-93.

No surprise as to who the players are who have topped the list on most occasions: Cristiano Ronaldo has led the charts seven times, and Messi six. Their dominant run has happened in the past 15 editions of the Champions League, though neither has claimed the honor in the past three campaigns.

Year Player Team Goals
2021-22 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 15
2020-21 Erling Haaland B. Dortmund 10
2019-20 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 15
2018-19 Lionel Messi Barcelona 12
2017-18 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 15
2016-17 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 12
2015-16 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 16
2014-15 Lionel Messi Barcelona 10
  Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 10
  Neymar Barcelona 10
2013-14 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 17
2012-13 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 12
2011-12 Lionel Messi Barcelona 14
2010-11 Lionel Messi Barcelona 12
2009-10 Lionel Messi Barcelona 8
2008-09 Lionel Messi Barcelona 9
2007-08 Cristiano Ronaldo Man United 8
2006-07 Kaka AC Milan 10
2005-06 Andriy Shevchenko AC Milan 9
2004-05 Ruud van Nistelrooy Man United 8
2003-04 Fernando Morientes AS Monaco 9
2002-03 Ruud van Nistelrooy Man United 12
2001-02 Ruud van Nistelrooy Man United 10
2000-01 Raul Gonzalez Real Madrid 7
1999-00 Mario Jardel Porto 10
  Rivaldo Barcelona 10
  Raul Gonzalez Real Madrid 10
1998-99 Andriy Shevchenko Dynamo Kyiv 8
  Dwight Yorke Man United 8
1997-98 Alessandro Del Piero Juventus 10
1996-97 Milinko Pantic Atletico Madrid 5
1995-96 Jari Litmanen Ajax 9
1994-95 George Weah PSG 7
1993-94 Hristo Stoichkov Barcelona 5
1992-93 Franck Sauzee Marseille 5
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Simon Borg is a senior editor for football/soccer at The Sporting News.
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