UEFA Champions League Golden Boot Winners (1955 – 2022)

The UEFA Champions League is where Europe’s elite soccer teams battle it out for the crown that decides which club is the best in the world.

Strikers in this competition come up against some of the best defenses that they’ve ever faced, which means that slotting one into the back of the net is not so straightforward.

You can’t really compare the level of the teams that play here to domestic divisions, as the latter typically contains quite a few clubs on smaller financial budgets that simply can’t compete with the big guns.

This inferiority gives bigger teams with good forwards a chance to “pad their stats” so to speak.

In the UEFA Champions League however, no side will give an opponent an easy time.

Fans look forward to watching this competition every season, and there’s no doubt that a lot of people like to know which players have won Europe’s prestigious Golden Shoe award in previous editions of this tournament.

That’s where this article comes in handy.

It reveals each UEFA Champions League seasons’ Golden Boot winner with an easily scannable list:

SeasonPlayerTeam(s)Goals Scored
1955/1956Miloš MilutinovićFK Partizan8
1956/1957Dennis ViolletManchester United9
1957/1958Alfredo Di StéfanoReal Madrid10
1958/1959Just FontaineStade de Reims10
1959/1960Ferenc PuskásReal Madrid12
1960/1961José ÁguasS.L. Benfica11
1961/1962Heinz Strehl1. FC Nürnberg8
1961/1962Alfredo Di StéfanoReal Madrid8
1961/1962Justo TejadaReal Madrid8
1961/1962Ferenc PuskásReal Madrid8
1962/1963José AltafiniAC Milan14
1963/1964Vladica KovačevićFK Partizan7
1963/1964Sandro MazzolaInter Milan7
1963/1964Ferenc PuskásReal Madrid7
1964/1965EusébioS.L. Benfica9
1964/1965José TorresS.L. Benfica9
1965/1966Flórián AlbertFerencváros7
1965/1966EusébioS.L. Benfica7
1966/1967Jürgen PiepenburgVorwärts Berlin6
1966/1967Paul Van HimstAnderlecht6
1967/1968EusébioS.L. Benfica6
1968/1969Dennis LawManchester United9
1969/1970Mick JonesLeeds United8
1970/1971Antonis AntoniadisPanathinaikos10
1971/1972Johan CruyffAjax5
1971/1972Antal DunaiÚjpest FC5
1971/1972Lou MacariCeltic5
1971/1972Silvester TakačStandard Liège5
1972/1973Gerd MüllerBayern München11
1973/1974Gerd MüllerBayern München8
1974/1975Gerd MüllerBayern München5
1974/1975Eduard MarkarovArarat Yerevan5
1975/1976Jupp HeynckesBorussia Mönchengladbach6
1976/1977Gerd MüllerBayern München5
1976/1977Franco CucinottaFC Zürich5
1977/1978Allan SimonsenBorussia Mönchengladbach5
1978/1979Claudio SulserGrasshopper11
1979/1980Søren LerbyAjax10
1980/1981Terry McDermottLiverpool6
1980/1981Graeme SounessLiverpool6
1980/1981Karl-Heinz RummeniggeBayern München6
1981/1982Dieter HoeneßBayern München7
1982/1983Paolo RossiJuventus6
1983/1984Viktor SokolFC Dinamo Minsk6
1984/1985Torbjörn NilssonIFK Göteborg7
1984/1985Michel PlatiniJuventus7
1985/1986Torbjörn NilssonIFK Göteborg6
1986/1987Borislav CvetkovićRed Star Belgrade7
1987/1988Gheorghe HagiSteaua București4
1987/1988Jean-Marc FerreriGirondins Bordeaux4
1987/1988MíchelReal Madrid4
1987/1988Ally McCoistRangers4
1987/1988Rabah MadjerFC Porto4
1987/1988Rui ÁguasS.L. Benfica4
1988/1989Marco van BastenAC Milan10
1989/1990RomárioPSV Eindhoven6
1989/1990Jean-Pierre PapinOlympique de Marseille6
1990/1991Jean-Pierre PapinOlympique de Marseille6
1990/1991Peter PacultTirol Innsbruck6
1991/1992Jean-Pierre PapinOlympique de Marseille7
1991/1992Sergei YuranS.L. Benfica7
1992/1993RomárioPSV Eindhoven7
1993/1994Ronald KoemanFC Barcelona8
1993/1994Wynton RuferWerder Bremen8
1994/1995George WeahParis Saint Germain7
1995/1996Jari LitmanenAjax9
1996/1997Milinko PantićAtlético Madrid5
1997/1998Alessandro Del PieroJuventus10
1998/1999Andriy ShevchenkoDynamo Kyiv8
1998/1999Dwight YorkeManchester United8
1999/2000Mário JardelFC Porto10
1999/2000RivaldoFC Barcelona10
1999/2000RaúlReal Madrid10
2000/2001RaúlReal Madrid7
2001/2002Ruud van NistelrooyManchester United10
2002/2003Ruud van NistelrooyManchester United12
2003/2004Fernando MorientesAS Monaco9
2004/2005Ruud van NistelrooyManchester United8
2005/2006Andriy ShevchenkoAC Milan9
2006/2007KakáAC Milan10
2007/2008Cristiano RonaldoManchester United8
2008/2009Lionel MessiFC Barcelona9
2009/2010Lionel MessiFC Barcelona8
2010/2011Lionel MessiFC Barcelona12
2011/2012Lionel MessiFC Barcelona14
2012/2013Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid12
2013/2014Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid17
2014/2015Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid10
2014/2015NeymarFC Barcelona10
2014/2015Lionel MessiFC Barcelona10
2015/2016Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid16
2016/2017Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid12
2017/2018Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid15
2018/2019Lionel MessiFC Barcelona12
2019/2020Robert LewandowskiBayern München15
2020/2021Erling HaalandBorussia Dortmund10
2021/2022Karim BenzemaReal Madrid15

The table you can see above goes the extra mile compared to other sources you’ll find on the internet, as it provides top scorer data from as far back as 1955.

Of course during those days the competition was named differently and the format of play was dissimilar to the group stage and knockout format we get to watch today.

But nevertheless, it’s the same UEFA Champions League that we all know and love.


Who has the most Golden Boot awards in Champions League history?

Curiosity is a good thing!

You’d obviously want to know which player has grabbed the most top scorer trophies in arguably the world’s toughest soccer competition, right?

Well, the answer here is a name you’ve probably heard millions of times.

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the most UEFA Champions League Golden Boot awards as he’s accumulated a tally of seven top scorer trophies in this competition over the course of his playing career.

7 time uefa champions league golden boot winner - cristiano ronaldo

The years in which he outscored everyone are as follows:

  • 2007–08;
  • 2012–13;
  • 2013–14;
  • 2014–15;
  • 2015–16;
  • 2016–17; and
  • 2017–18

From that record it’s quite evident that he’s not called “Mr Champions League” for nothing!

The Portuguese legend has a knack for performing on the biggest stage and there’s no question that Ronaldo deserves all the credit he gets for such scoring feats.

Here’s the list of players who follow after Ronaldo when it comes to total number of Golden Shoe awards:

PlayerGolden Boot AwardsClub(s)Seasons
Cristiano Ronaldo7Manchester United; Real Madrid2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
Lionel Messi6FC Barcelona2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2018–19
Gerd Müller4Bayern München1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1976–77
Eusébio3S.L. Benfica1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68
Jean-Pierre Papin3Olympique de Marseille1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92
Ruud van Nistelrooy3Manchester United1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92
Ferenc Puskás3Real Madrid1959–60, 1961–62, 1963–64
Torbjörn Nilsson2IFK Göteborg1984–85, 1985–86
Romário2PSV Eindhoven1989–90, 1992–93
Raúl2Real Madrid1999–2000, 2000–01
Andriy Shevchenko2Dynamo Kyiv; AC Milan1998–99, 2005–06
Alfredo Di Stéfano2Real Madrid1957–58, 1961–62


How many times was Ronaldo the top scorer in the Champions League?

It’s actually quite funny that this question is already answered in the previous section!

It just so happens that Cristiano Ronaldo – who is a seven time UEFA Champions League Golden Shoe winner – is also the record holder who has won the most top scorer awards in this competition’s history.

So, there you have it.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the top scorer in the UEFA Champions League on seven separate occasions.


Who is the highest Champions League goal scorer in the 2021/2022 season?

The goal scoring dominance shown by Ronaldo and Messi over the past decade has started to wane.

In the previous two campaigns, we’ve had different winners other than the usual aforementioned names.

Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich and Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund each claimed the Golden Shoe in the respective 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 seasons.

And at the moment, the Polish international (Lewandowski) leads the scorer charts with 13 goals.

However, his Bayern Munich side was knocked out of the competition by La Liga side Villareal in the quarter final.

That leaves Karim Benzema – whose Real Madrid side still remain in the competition at the time of writing – with a free run at the trophy this year.

Update: Karim Benzema claimed the 2021/2022 Golden Boot in the UEFA Champions League after a series of scintillating performances in the later rounds of the competition. The Frenchman ended up with 15 goals for this years European campaign.


Final thoughts

This post has covered the UEFA Champions League’s Golden Boot winners all the way back from 1955.

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