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The five highest scoring teams in the 2018/2019 Champions League

The 2018/19 Champions League season reached its conclusion, with Liverpool crowned champions of Europe for a sixth time following victory over Tottenham in only the competition’s second all-English final.

The tournament was perhaps one of the most memorable of all-time, with stunning comebacks and upsets a theme throughout. We’ve decided to take a look back at some of the Champions League’s best stats, including the highest scoring sides.

Here are the five teams who scored the most goals in 2018/19.

Paris Saint-Germain, 20 goals

The French champions continued to flatter to deceive on the Europes biggest stage, having suffered a surprise elimination to Manchester United in the last-16.

Despite their early exit, the Parisian’s were still amongst the competition’s highest scorers, hitting the net 20 times.

Drawn in a difficult group containing both Napoli and eventual winners Liverpool, PSG topped the group scoring 17 times, more than any other team.

Key to their total was a 6-1 win over Red Star Belgrade, with Brazilian superstar Neymar hitting a hat-trick in a resounding home win.

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Ajax, 22 goals

The surprise package in this season’s competition, the Dutch side impressing everyone by reaching the semi-finals after memorable wins over the likes of Juventus and holders Real Madrid.

They’re run was ultimately ended by Tottenham, blowing a 3-0 aggregate lead in a drama-filled tie, however, the youthful side made a huge impact on Europe’s elite.

Erik ten Hag’s side scored 22 times throughout their European campaign, including hitting four in a last-16 thrashing of 13-times winners Real in the Bernabeu.

Former Southampton star Dusan Tadic led the way for the Eredevisie champions, scoring six times as they progressed to the last four. The Serbian midfielder proved influential to his side’s hopes, with only Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski bettering his total.

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Liverpool, 24 goals

Jurgen Klopp’s side earned redemption for their 2018 final defeat by lifting the trophy in Madrid, beating Tottenham 2-0 to be crowned champions of Europe for the sixth time in their history.

Liverpool snuck into the knockout stages on the head-to-head ruling, just ahead of Napoli before a memorable march to the final.

Portuguese champions were thrashed 6-1 on aggregate in the last eight, before arguably the greatest comeback in semi-final history.

Having lost the first leg 3-0 at Barcelona, Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum each scored twice in a 4-0 thumping at Anfield to take Liverpool to their second successive final.

Origi would score again in the showpiece, the Belgian forward remarkably scoring three times from just three shots during the club’s European campaign.

Mohamed Salah, another scorer in the final, was the club’s top scorer with five goals.

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Barcelona, 26 goals

The Spanish champions cruised to the semi-finals, with a combined aggregate score of 9-1 over knock-out ties with Lyon and Manchester United.

Barcelona seemed on course for a first final appearance since 2015 after beating Liverpool 3-0 in the first leg of their last four clash, before succumbing to an incredible comeback and losing 4-0 at Anfield.

Their tally of 26 goals was the second highest in the competition, with Lionel Messi finishing as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals, the sixth time he has achieved the feat.

Messi was ably assisted by teammates Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba, the duo both notching a competition leading five assists alongside Ajax’s Dusan Tadic and Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.

The Catalan club also attempted the most efforts on goal, with 199 attempts, level with runners-up Tottenham.

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Manchester City, 30 goals

Pep Guardiola’s side failed to deliver the Champions League title the Manchester side’s owners crave, though they did finish as the tournament’s highest scorers despite a quarter-final exit.

City were the second-highest scorers during the group stage, netting 16 times in six games including a 6-0 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad.

Their prolificness continued in the early knock-out stages, beating Schalke 10-2 over two legs after a seven-goal thrashing in Manchester.

Their run ended in the last eight, exiting on away goals to Spurs after a 4-4 aggregate draw. City won that pulsating second leg 4-3 in what was one of the most memorable Champions League knock-out games in history.

Sergio Aguero finished as the club’s top scorer with six, behind only Messi and Lewandowski in the scoring charts whilst Leroy Sane’s tally of five assists was the joint-most in the competition.

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