The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious competition in Europe. Europe is home to the bulk of the world's greatest players. The Champions League has unrivaled football quality because it is comprised of the best teams from Europe's top leagues. It's a stage where the world's greatest players demonstrate their abilities. As a result, it's safe to assume that we'll have a few outstanding goal scorers competing in Europe's top tournament. Let's take a look at the top five contenders for the UEFA Champions League Golden Boot without further ado.
Last season, Erling Haaland won the Champions League golden boot, and he is one of the favorites to win it again in 2021/22. The Norwegian sensation scored ten goals for Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals, but the Yellow and Black jersey were eliminated by eventual runners-up Manchester City. The fact that it was only Haaland's second appearance in the Champions League, after splitting the competition with RB Salzburg and Dortmund the year before, was even more impressive. While chasing the golden boot, this could be Haaland's final season with Dortmund, with rumors of a transfer circling him. Just about every top European club is interested in him, and rightfully so.
5. Robert Lewandowski - Bayern Munich
Robert Lewandowski, the favorite heading into the season. Bayern's No.9 has already scored six goals in his first four Bundesliga games this season, and with a group that includes Barcelona, Benfica, and Dynamo Kiev, there will be plenty of chances for goals on the European stage.
4. Killian Mbappe - PSG
Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain was the second-highest goal scorer in the Champions League last season. In ten appearances in the competition last season, he scored eight goals and added three assists. In PSG's run to the 2020-21 season's semi-finals, Mbappe scored a hat-trick against Barcelona and a brace against Bayern Munich. The Frenchman has made no secret of his desire to join Real Madrid this summer, but he has been compelled to remain in his current position. On paper, Paris Saint-Germain are the favorites to win the UEFA Champions League this season, and he has an amazing supporting cast around him. They are anticipated to go far this season, with Mbappe scoring plenty of goals once again.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo - Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for scoring the most goals in the UEFA Champions League's history. The Portuguese international has 134 goals in the Champions League after a spectacular return to Manchester United this summer. In seven different seasons, he has also been the top scorer in the UEFA Champions League. Despite the fact that Ronaldo is 36 years old, he remains one of the top attackers in the game. He earned the Serie A Golden Boot with Juventus in the 2020-21 season, as well as the Golden Boot in Euro 2020 with Portugal. Manchester United have a talented group of players, and Ronaldo's signing could provide the X-factor that they've lacked recently. There's a good probability the Red Devils will stay in the competition for a long time. If that's the case, Ronaldo's goal total will be spectacular.
2. Lionel Messi - PSG
Following his surprising departure from Barcelona, Lionel Messi has joined a revolution at Paris Saint-Germain, where the team is attempting to capture its first Champions League title. Messi has ended as the tournament's top scorer six times before, the most recent time being during the 2018/19 season, when he led Barcelona to the semi-finals with a 12-goal performance. The 34-year-old will be part of a potent offensive trifecta at PSG this season, alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, however it will be interesting to see how the superstar trio gels under Mauricio Pochettino.
1. Romelu Lukaku - Chelsea
Following his club record move to reigning European champions Chelsea this summer, Romelu Lukaku has been rated at 7/1 to finish as the Champions League's top scorer. Despite Inter Milan's group stage exit, the Belgian international scored four goals in five games last season and is now charged with leading Chelsea's title defense in 2021/22. Over the past two seasons, the 28-year-old has been one of Europe's most productive players, scoring 64 goals for Inter in all competitions, including 13 in only 16 games in the Europa League and Champions League combined.
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