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The five fastest players to score 20 Champions League goals

Harry Kane’s prolific goalscoring exploits continued after the forward fired Tottenham into the Champions League knock-out stages with a brace against Olympiakos, the England captains double taking him to 20 goals in Europe’s premier competition.

Kane possesses a fine record on club football’s biggest stage, but how does he compare to the quickest players ever to reach that particular landmark?

Here are five fastest players to 20 Champions League goals…

Mario Gomez – 32 games

The German forward was a reliable source of goals during spells at the likes of Stuttgart and Bayern Munich, in particular at the latter where he would win the Champions League as part of a famous treble in 2013.

Having fired Stuttgart to the Bundesliga title he would get his first taste of Champions League football in 2007, scoring in group games against Rangers and Lyon before a move to Munich two years later saw him score prolifically after a slow start.

Gomez would reach 20 Champions League goals in just 32 appearances, scoring 13 times in the 2011/12 season as Bayern reached the final, including hat-tricks against both Napoli and Basel.

Now 34-years-old and back at Stuttgart, Gomez has scored 26 Champions League goals in 44 appearances, whilst he is one of just six players to have scored three or more hat-tricks in the tournament.

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Filippo Inzaghi – 28 games

A great goalscorer of European football, only Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Raul have scored more goals in UEFA club competition that Filippo Inzaghi.

The former Juventus and AC Milan player would score regularly on Europe’s biggest stage, scoring 46 Champions League goals including 20 in his first 28 appearances in the competition.

His first 17 would come in Juventus colours before swapping Turin for Milan, where he would twice win the trophy under Carlo Ancelotti, scoring twice in the 2007 final victory over Liverpool in Athens.

Ruud van Nistelrooy – 27 games

Pre-Messi and Ronaldo era, the name of Ruud van Nistelrooy would often be seen leading the way in the list of Champions League top scorers.

Despite never lifting the trophy during spells at PSV, Manchester United and Real Madrid, Van Nistelrooy would finish as the competition’s leading scorer on three occasions during a career that saw him plunder 56 Champions League goals in just 73 appearances.

A ruthless finisher, Van Nistelrooy would take just 27 appearances to reach the 20 goal landmark. Modern football may have moved away from the genuine penalty box poacher, though the Dutchman was one of the very finest to have perfected the trade.

Alessandro Del Piero – 26 games

Juventus’ all-time record goalscorer would emerge as a preciously talented teenager, before playing a key role as the Italian giants reached three successive Champions League finals between 1996 and 1998, winning the first with victory over Ajax on penalties in Rome.

Del Piero would score six times during that memorable run to the ultimate success, part of a prolific run of form that saw him reach 20 Champions League goals in just 26 appearances.

A great goalscorer and a scorer of great goals, the Italian is one of the most iconic forwards in Champions League history.

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Harry Kane – 24 games

Kane’s brace against Olympiakos saw him eclipse Del Piero’s long-standing record, with no player having ever reached 20 Champions League goals quicker than the Tottenham forward.

The North London side have become Champions League regulars in recent seasons and Kane has been at the forefront of their success, firing home 20 goals in just 24 appearances including five during the club’s run to the final last season.

Kane has already hit six goals in just five group stage fixtures this season to secure Jose Mourinho’s side’s passage to the last-16, the England captain quickly closing in on Wayne Rooney’s record of 30 goals as the highest scoring English player in the tournament’s history.

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