Goals per game: Europe’s most efficient scorers

Gerd Müller’s record of 34 goals in 35 European Champion Clubs’ Cup competition games looks set to stand for a good few years; Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have broken endless scoring records, but neither can match the goals-per-game efficiency of Bayern’s hero of the 1970s, who celebrates his 70th birthday today.

Indeed, Cristiano Ronaldo has slipped out of our leaderboard in terms of UEFA Champions League goals per game, his 83 in 122 matches (at 0.68 a game) leaving him level with Marco van Basten in 11th place. The reason? CSKA Moskva’s Seydou Doumbia, who – with 16 strikes in 20 appearances – is a new entry in our chart at number six.

Top goals per game averages in UEFA Champions League/European Champion Clubs’ Cup
0.97: Gerd Müller (Bayern München) – 34 goals in 35 games
0.86: José Altafini (Milan, Juventus) – 24 goals in 28 games
0.85: Ferenc Puskás (Budapest Honvéd, Real Madrid) – 35 goals in 41 games
0.84: Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid) – 49 goals in 58 games
0.82: José Águas (Benfica) – 18 goals in 22 games
0.80: Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moskva) – 16 goals in 20 games
0.77: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 77 goals in 100 games
0.76: Jean-Pierre Papin (Marseille, AC Milan) – 28 goals in 37 games
0.75: Eusébio (Benfica) – 47 goals in 63 games
0.74: Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV, Manchester United FC, Real Madrid) – 60 goals in 81 games

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Top goals per game averages in all UEFA club competitions*
0.90: Radamel Falcao (Porto, Atlético Madrid) – 38 goals in 42 games
0.87: Gerd Müller (Bayern München) – 62 goals in 71 games
0.86: Stéphane Guivarc’h (Auxerre, Rennes, Newcastle) – 24 goals in 28 games
0.86: Ferenc Puskás (Budapest Honvéd, Real Madrid) – 37 goals in 43 games
0.83: Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid) – 50 goals in 60 games
0.82: Ivan Mráz (Slovan Bratislava, Sparta Praha, Dukla Praha) – 18 goals in 22 games
0.82: Jupp Heynckes (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – 45 goals in 55 games
0.80: Kees Kist (AZ Alkmaar, Paris Saint-Germain) – 20 goals in 25 games
0.80: Denis Law (Manchester United) – 20 goals in 25 games
0.80: Kevin Hector (Derby County) – 16 goals in 20 games
0.90: Radamel Falcao – 38 goals in 42 games

NB: Only players who have featured in 20 or more matches are included in these lists.

* UEFA club competitions = UEFA Champions League/European Champion Clubs’ Cup, UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup, European/South American Cup

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