As the world waits for the quarter-final stage of the Champions League, several names have left their mark at this stage of the competition.
There are still some known names left in the competition but the likes of Atlanta and RB Leipzig gives hope to those who have been written off before.
So who are the players who have shown in the knockout stage in the Champions League history?
- 🇫🇷 Karim Benzema-18 goals
Benzema ranks as the fifth-highest scorer in the competition’s history and moved past the legendary Ferenc Puskas in the club’s all-time scoring charts just recently.
The Frenchman has bagged 65 goals in 120 appearances in the competition with 18 of them coming in the knockout stages during a career that has seen the forward lift the trophy on four occasions.
- 🇪🇸 Raul-18 goals
The Real Madrid great was phenomenal during his playing days and only two players have ever scored more Champions League goals than him.
Raul had a total of 71 strikes in Europe’s premier competition with 18 being in the knockout stage. He was part of the side which won three Champions League titles in just five seasons over the turn of the millennium.
- 🇺🇦 Andriy Shevchenko – 18 goals
During his time at AC Milan, the Ukrainian was one of the most feared finishers on the continent under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti.
While still with his hometown club Dynamo Kyiv, he fired them to the last four of the competition – eliminating holders Real Madrid in the quarter-finals – during the 1998/99 campaign. He was to further score the decisive penalty during the Rossoneri’s shoot-out victory over Italian rivals Juventus to lift the trophy in 2003.
He has a total of 48 Champions League goals in 100 appearances for Dynamo, Milan and Chelsea, twice finishing as the tournament’s leading scorer and netting 18 times throughout the knock-out stages.
- 🇩🇪 Thomas Muller – 21 goals
Still strong a running, Muller will hope he can add to the tally starting with their tie against Bayern Munich this week.
He has thus far scored 44 goals in 112 Champions League appearances, with 21 of his tally coming in the knockout stages.
- 🇵🇱 Robert Lewandowski – 22 goals
There is no stopping for Lewandowski and it would be a surprise if he doesn’t add to this tally before the end of the current campaign. He is currently the leading scorer in this season’s competition.
Before crossing over to Bayern, he had made a name with Dortmund where he fired them to the final of the competition in 2013 this after scoring four goals in the semi-final first leg against Real Madrid.
He is fourth amongst the Champions League’s all-time record goal scorers with 66 goals and despite not winning the competition he has bagged 22goals in the knockout stage.
- 🇦🇷 Lionel Messi – 47 goals
There are no more surprises with Lionel Messi; not at least on the football pitch. The Argentine has scored 115 goals in just 142 appearances in the competition with 47 of those coming in the competition’s knockout stages.
- 🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo – 67 goals
Ronaldo once again comes first in this race. He won’t be adding to his tally this season after they were eliminated by Lyon but would surely want to extend the lead in the coming campaign.
His 67 tally puts him higher than all but Lionel Messi and Raul have managed in the entirety of the Champions League.
Ronaldo first won the competition during his time at Manchester United and scored in the club’s final victory over Chelsea, later becoming the first player in history to score in three finals after netting in Real Madrid’s successes in 2014 and 2017.