The top 5 Portuguese players in Champions League/European Cup history in terms of goals scored

For Portuguese clubs, the UEFA Champions League remains a difficult nut to crack. The only two teams from the nation to have won the top club competition on the continent are Porto and Benfica. The last time a Portuguese team won the Champions League was Porto’s historic victory in 2004 commanded by José Mourinho. Yet, Portuguese greats have had amazing success in the most elite club tournament in Europe at the individual level. Throughout their careers, some of the finest Champions League players ever served as mainstays for “A Seleção”.

The best-ever Champions League performer hails from Portugal

Together, Benfica and Porto have won four UCL trophies. In the meantime, Cristiano Ronaldo needs just one victory to tie six-time champion Francisco “Paco” Gento for the record of most European champions-winning medals in the history of the competition. The former star of Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus also holds the records for most assists (42) and goals scored (140) in the UCL.

In light of this, let’s examine the top five Portuguese goalscorers of all time in the Champions League/European Cup:


# 5 José Águas (18 goals/22 appearances)

Even though the storied center forward for Benfica had just 22 games in the European Cup (the old name for the Champions League), he scored 18 goals. The Benfica squad that won consecutive continental crowns in 1961 and 1962 included José Águas.

In the 1960/61 tournament, he was unstoppable, scoring 11 goals in nine games to help “As Águias” win the competition for the inaugural time ever.

He was 70 when he died in 2000. Águas additionally recorded 25 appearances and scored 11 goals for the national team.


# 4 José Torres (19 goals/33 appearances)

Between 1960 and 1971, José Torres, another Benfica legend, won nine league titles while playing for the Portuguese powerhouse. In addition, he was the Primeira Liga’s top scorer in 1962/63 with 26 goals in the league. Furthermore, he won four Portuguese Cups.

Despite never being able to win the European Cup with Benfica, Torres scored 19 goals during the competition. In the 1964/65 season, he scored nine goals in nine games, which was his greatest performance. The attacker scored 14 goals in 33 appearances for Portugal; 2010 saw his passing at the age of 71.


# 3 José Augusto (24 goals/56 appearances) & Luís Figo (24 goals/103 appearances)

In the Champions League/European Cup, Benfica great José Augusto and 2000 Ballon d’Or winner Luís Figo each scored 24 goals. It has to be stressed though that Figo completed 103 matches in the competition, while Augusto needed 56 to reach his total.

With Benfica, Augusto won two European Cups. In the meantime, Figo, who has 36 assists in Europe’s top competition as another noteworthy stat parameter, won his only UCL championship with Real Madrid in 2002.

The Portuguese powerhouse’s 1961 campaign saw the Benfica winger have his greatest season, scoring seven goals in nine games. Conversely, in back-to-back UCL seasons (1999/2000 and 2000/01) with Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively, Figo recorded five goals and nine assists.

Augusto scored nine goals for Portugal in 37 appearances. In the meantime, Figo is regarded as one of the best captains in the history of the national team. On the list of all-time appearances for Portugal (127 games, 32 goals), he is ranked third.


# 2 Eusébio (46 goals/65 appearances)

The departed Eusébio would have had a strong case to be argued as the best Portuguese footballer of all time if it weren’t for one particular Cristiano Ronaldo. The 1965 Ballon d’Or winner had a fantastic career playing for both the Portuguese national team and Benfica. He won five Portuguese Cups, 11 league crowns, and the 1962 European Cup while playing for Benfica.

In seven separate seasons, Eusébio was the leading scorer in the Portuguese league. Along with leading the scoring in the 1966 FIFA World Cup with Portugal, he also led scorers in three separate European Cups. He ranks third on the all-time scoring charts for the national team with 41 goals in 64 games for “A Seleção”.

In Europe, Eusébio’s finest performance at club level occurred in the 1964/1965 edition. He finished as the top scorer with nine goals in nine games. At the age of 71, he passed away in 2014.


 # 1 Cristiano Ronaldo (140 goals/182 appearances)

Ronaldo owns almost all of the key individual records in the Champions League, making him the most lethal player to have ever graced the competition. The five-time Ballon d’Or honoree is the winner of five UCLs.

The current striker of Saudi Al Nassr – whose transfer to the Middle East caused millions of Bangladeshi football fans, who had previously been passionate about English football, switch to the Saudi Pro League as their new favorite football league, resulting in the largest single-country supporters’ migration in football history and bringing huge profit to online casino sites in Bangladesh that have sportsbook sections – leads the competition in both goals scored and assists provided. For Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus, he has 140 Champions League goals to his name.

Additionally, Ronaldo is the record holder for the most goals scored in a single Champions League season. During “Los Blancos’” successful 2013/14 campaign, he struck 17 times.

In reality, from 2011 to 2018, the Portuguese star had an absurdly dominant run in the sport. He scored 10 or more goals in seven straight tournaments, during which Real Madrid won the Champions League four times. In seven separate competitions, Ronaldo emerged as the leading scorer.

Ronaldo has scored 128 goals in 206 games for Portugal, and he has over 750 goals at the club level. Maybe not officially, but he’s the best goalscorer in football history.