Champions League top scorers: Ronaldo out in front of Neymar & Kane

Champions League top scorers: Ronaldo out in front of Neymar & Kane

As Europe’s elite battle it out for team glory, individual players are engaged in a fight to come out on top as the best goalscorer

The 2017-18 Champions League has returned for the knock-out stage and the race to see who will finish as the tournament’s top goalscorer is back on.

Cristiano Ronaldo was last season’s top scorer with 12 goals as Real Madrid clinched their second Champions League title in a row and he narrowly edged out long-time rival Lionel Messi, who scored 11.

The likes of Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani, Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski and the precocious Kylian Mbappe were also among the contenders last term.

With the tournament already serving up plenty of goals in the group stage, we bring you the latest Champions League top scorer ranking.

Ronaldo currently leads the way with 12 goals in eight games, while Tottenham star Harry Kane is up into second place after taking his tally to seven with a goal against Juventus.

Alongside Kane on seven goals are Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino and Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.

Next on the list are Cavani’s PSG team-mate Neymar, Firmino’s Liverpool colleagues Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder on six goals.

Messi is some way off the pace, taking his tally to four with a first career effort against Chelsea, but the mercurial Argentine will be looking to edge ever closer to an eternal rival at Real Madrid as Barcelona seek to go deep into the competition.

Champions League 2017-18 top goalscorers:

*Correct as of games played on March 6, 2018

1Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid12
=2Roberto Firmino Liverpool7
=2Harry Kane Tottenham7
=2Edinson CavaniPSG7
=5Sadio Mane Liverpool6
=5Mohamed Salah Liverpool6
=5Wissam Ben YedderSevilla6
=9Philippe CoutinhoLiverpool5
=9Vincent Aboubakar Porto5
=9Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich5
=12Kylian Mbappe PSG4
=12Cenk Tosun Besiktas4
=12Sergio Aguero Manchester City4
=12Lionel MessiBarcelona4
=12Raheem Sterling Manchester City4
=12Dimitri Oberlin Basel4
=12Anderson Talisca Besiktas4
=12Pierre-Emerick AubameyangBorussia Dortmund4
=12Gonzalo Higuain Juventus4
=12Romelu LukakuManchester United4

Champions League top scorer odds

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Ronaldo is the favourite to finish as the top scorer in the 2017-18 Champions League, according to Oddschecker. The Portuguese is rated at 8/15 to repeat the feat this season.

Ronaldo is followed by Harry Kane, who is priced at 7/1, while Messi has been cut to 12/1. Neymar comes in at 16/1 alongside Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Edinson Cavani. Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski is an outside bet at 25/1, with Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino 33/1.

The chances of Barca’s Luis Suarez (80/1), Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero(33/1) or Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku (100/1) winning the award are fairly slim.

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