The race to be the top scorer in the Champions League


It’s crunch time for the remaining Champions League teams, with only four quarter-final spots still available.

As the competition nears its conclusion, the race to be named top scorer heats up as the world’s most lethal forwards compete.

We go over the favorites to see who is still in the running.

Mohamed Salah (eight goals, two assists)


Mohamed Salah of Liverpool has been on fire this season, scoring his eighth goal in seven games to give his team a 2-0 lead over Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Unfortunately for the Egyptian, the Reds went on to lose 5-2 at Anfield, leaving them with a massive task to reach the quarter-finals.

Kylian Mbappe (seven goals, three assists)

Kylian Mbappe, the World Cup Golden Boot winner, has had a prolific season but will not win the coveted title.

The Frenchman was unable to lead his team past Bayern Munich in the last 16 and finished with a respectable seven goals from eight appearances.

Vinicius Junior (six goals, two assists)

Vinicius Junior scored twice against Liverpool, giving him a huge boost in both personal and team glory.

Despite a disappointing LaLiga season, Los Blancos will fancy their chances in Europe, and the Brazilian could emerge as the continent’s leading goalscorer if they do.

Joao Mario (six goals, two assists)


Joao Mario scored in both legs as Benfica cruised past Club Brugge in the last 16 — equaling the club record of scoring in five consecutive European games set by the great Eusebio.

In the quarter-finals, he has a chance to dethrone the legend.

Mehdi Taremi (five goals, two assists)

Mehdi Taremi has had a productive season, and after failing to score in his first two European appearances, he scored five goals in his next three to send Porto into the last 16.

He did not play in Inter Milan’s 1-0 defeat, but he could make amends when the Serie A club travels to Portugal for the rematch.

Rafa Silva (five goals, one assist)

Rafa Silva, another Benfica hotshot, is hot on his teammate’s tail after scoring in the 5-1 second-leg thrashing of Brugge.

The forward scored twice against Juventus in a 4-3 group-stage win, and he is peaking at the right time.

Erling Haaland (five goals)


Erling Haaland, who averages over a goal per game in the Champions League, was held scoreless in Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig.

The bookies’ favorite for the title, the Norwegian will be desperate to get back into gear when the Bundesliga team visits the Etihad in the second leg.

Robert Lewandowski (five goals)

With current club Barcelona crashing out in the group stage, Robert Lewandowski will have to watch former club Bayern Munich’s progress from the couch.

The Pole scored three goals in a 5-1 thrashing of Viktoria Plzen and two more as Barcelona drew 3-3 with Inter Milan, but he went goalless in three disappointing defeats.

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