Mohamed Salah’s sensational start to the season continued with two goals in Liverpool’s dramatic 3-2 win at Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening, the Egyptian bagging a brace in a thrilling contest at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Salah’s double saw him extend his record as Liverpool’s record goalscorer in the Champions League with his 30th goal for the Reds, whilst he also moved closer to the record for most goals scored in the competition for an English side.
Following his passing of the 30-goal landmark, we look at the players with the most Champions League goals scored for English clubs.
Wayne Rooney – 30
Wayne Rooney netted 30 goals in Europe’s premier club competition for Manchester United, with the forward having been a key performer in a Red Devils side that reached three finals between 2008 and 2011.
Rooney memorably scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut for the club against Fenerbahce, the teenager producing a scintillating showing following his arrival from Everton.
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Rooney formed part of the side that won the 2008 Champions League after beating Chelsea in the first ever all-Premier League final, whilst he also netted in a losing effort as United were beaten by Barcelona in the showpiece three seasons later.
The former England captain is the leading English goalscorer in the competition’s history, his 30 goals more than Paul Scholes (24) and Frank Lampard (23).
Mohamed Salah – 30
Salah’s double against Atletico saw him move to 30 goals for an English side, having eclipsed Steven Gerrard’s club-record for Liverpool in the competition proper during a group stage game against Midtjylland last season.
The Egyptian has set all manner of records tumbling since moving to Merseyside and after scoring against Atletico became the first Reds’ player to score in nine consecutive games, whilst only Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored more than Salah’s 30 goals in the Champions League since his arrival at Anfield in 2017.
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Salah scored 10 goals as Liverpool finished as runners-up in 2018, before playing an integral role as Jurgen Klopp’s side returned to the final the following season – scoring from the spot as Tottenham were beaten in Madrid to claim the Reds’ sixth European crown.
He has now scored 33 goals in the Champions League (30 – Liverpool, 2 – Basel, 1 – Roma) and is one short of entering the all-time top 20 goalscorers in the competition, whilst only Didier Drogba (44) has more amongst African players.
Thierry Henry – 35
Thierry Henry scored 35 goals in the Champions League during a glittering career at Arsenal, part of a haul of 228 he scored for the Gunners to become the club’s all-time record goalscorer.
Amongst Henry’s greatest European performances for the north Londoners include a scintillating hat-trick away at Roma in 2002, whilst he also tormented Italian opposition with a sublime two-goal showing as Inter Milan were beaten 5-1 at the San Siro the following season.
The ultimate success eluded Henry during his time with Arsenal, defeat to Barcelona in the 2006 the closest the French forward came to winning the competition with the Gunners.
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He moved on to Barcelona in 2007 and won the Champions League under Pep Guardiola during the 2008/09 campaign, finishing his career with 50 goals in 112 appearances in the competition – the seventh-highest figure of any player.
Ruud van Nistelrooy – 35
Ruud van Nistelrooy was a goalscoring machine on the Champions League stage at Manchester United, the forward arguably the competition’s finest finisher during a prolific five-year spell at Old Trafford.
Van Nistelrooy signed for the Red Devils from PSV Eindhoven in 2001 and became an instant hit following his move to the Premier League, scoring 36 goals in all competitions to be named as the PFA Player of the Season.
🗣️ Sir Alex Ferguson: "Without doubt the best finisher we have ever had [at Manchester United]."
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The Dutch forward finished as the Champions League’s leading scorer during that debut campaign, before repeating the feat the following season as part of a Premier League joint-record of 44 goals scored in a single campaign.
Van Nistelrooy finished as the Champions League’s top scorer a third time in 2004/05 and departed English football having scored 35 goals in just 43 games in the competition for United.
Sergio Aguero – 36
Manchester City’s all-time record goalscorer, Sergio Aguero netted 260 goals for the Citizens during a decade of success at the Etihad.
The Argentina international was one of the key signings that aided City’s transformation into a superpower of English football, winning five league titles amongst a wealth of major honours at the club.
He scored 36 goals for City in the Champions League, though defeat to Chelsea in the 2021 final was the closest Aguero came to winning the competition before a transfer to Barcelona last summer.
Perhaps his finest moment came during a thrilling 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich in 2014, the forward scoring a hat-trick – including two in the final five minutes to turn defeat into victory – as City secured a dramatic win against the Bundesliga giants.
Didier Drogba – 36
Didier Drogba shares the record with Aguero for the most Champions League goals scored for an English club, having scored 36 times in the tournament across two spells at Chelsea.
Drogba was often the man for the biggest occasion for Chelsea, including a starring performance as the west Londoners defeated Bayern Munich to win the Champions League for a first time in 2012.
The Ivorian scored a dramatic late equaliser against the German giants, before scoring the decisive kick in the shoot-out as the Blues’ caused an upset at Bayern’s own Allianz Arena.
Drogba’s overall record in the Champions League stands at 44 goals from 92 appearances, the forward sandwiched between Alessandro del Piero (42) and Filippo Inzaghi (46) amongst the all-time leading scorers.
In addition to his 36 goals for Chelsea, he also scored eight further times in the competition during spells at Marseille and Galatasaray.
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