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Champions League Goals Stats

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With the Champions League kicking-off another exciting edition this week, we thought we'd take a quick step back to take a look at the clubs and players that have helped make this tournament one of the best in the world by banging in the goals.

Biggest wins
8-0: Liverpool v Besiktas JK (06.11.2007)
7-0: Arsenal v SK Slavia Praha (23.10.2007)
7-0: Juventus v Olympiacos CFP (10.12.2003)
7-1: FC Bayern Munchen v Sporting Clube de Portual (10.03.2009)
7-1: Manchester United v AS Roma (10.04.2007)

Most goals in a match
8-3: AS Monaco FC v RC Deportivo La Coruna (05.11.2003)
7-2: Paris Saint-Germain FC v Rosenborg BK (24.10.2000)
7-2: Olympique Lyonnais v Werder Bremen (08.03.2005)
6-3: Villarreal CF v Aalborg BK (21.10.2008)

As you would expect, all these maulings came from the home side, as they decimated visiting opposition. Only Manchester United FC have scored more than five goals in an away game, winning 6-2 at Brondby IF in 1998/99.

raul_disappointed.jpgMost Goals:
64 Raul Gonzalez (Real Madrid CF)
56 Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United FC, Real Madrid CF)
50 Thierry Henry (AS Monaco FC, Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona)
47 Andriy Shevchenko (FC Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea FC)
42 Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan)
42 Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)

Leading scorer in a season
12: Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United FC, 2002/03)
Lionel Messi finished as the leading scorer in 2008/09 with nine goals for FC Barcelona.

No player has ever scored five times in a Champions League game, but there are five super strikers who have found the back of the net on four occasions.

Four goals in a match:
Marco van Basten (AC Milan 4-0 IFK Goteborg, 25.11.1992)
Simone Inzaghi (S.S. Lazio 5-1 Olympique de Marseille, 14.03.2000)
Dado Pruso (AS Monaco FC 8-3 RC Deportivo La Coruna, 05.11.2003)
Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United FC 4-1 AC Sparta Praha, 03.11.2004)
Andriy Shevchenko (Fenerbahce SK 0-4 AC Milan, 23.11.2005)

Five players have also scored within the first 30 seconds of a match kicking off

Fastest goal in a match
10.03 secs: Roy Makaay (FC Bayern Munchen 2-1 Real Madrid CF, 07.03.2006)
20.07 secs: Gilberto (PSV Eindoven 0-4 Arsenal FC, 25.09.2002)
20.12 secs: Alessandro Del Piero (Manchester United FC 3-2 Juventus, 01.10.1997)
21.20 secs: Clarence Seedorf (FC Schalke 04 2-2 AC Milan, 28.09.2005)
25.40 secs: Marek Kincl (Club Brugge KV 3-2 SK Rapid Wien, 02.11.2005)

Staying with speed, change the channel, and you would have missed these hattricks:

Fastest hat-tricks
9 mins: Mike Newell (Blackburn Rovers FC 4-1 Rosenborg BK, 06.12.1995)
19 mins: Marco Simone (Rosenborg BK 1-4 AC Milan, 25.09.1996)
19 mins: Dado Pruso (AS Monaco FC 8-3 RC Deportivo La Coruna, 05.11.2003)
21 mins: Sigurd Rushfeldt (Rosenborg BK 3-0 Galatasaray SK, 21.10.1998)
21 mins: Simone Inzaghi (S.S. Lazio 5-1 Olympique de Marseille, 14.03.2000)

And to close, these are some of the young guns (a couple literally) who have shined on the European stage:

Youngest players to score
17 years, 195 days: Peter Oforiquaye (Rosenborg BK 5-1 Olympiacos CFP, 01.10.1997)
17 years, 217 days: Bojan Krkic (FC Schalke 04 0-1 FC Barcelona, 01.04.2008)
17 years, 218 days: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal FC 5-1 Rosenborg BK, 07.12.2004)
17 years, 241 days: Martin Klein (Panathinaikos FC 2-1 AC Sparta Praha, 27.02.2002)
17 years, 300 days: Aaron Ramsey (Fenerbahce SK 2-5 Arsenal FC, 21.10.2008)

File Photograph Copyright: Juan Fernandez