Christiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have both scored 5 goals apiece in the UEFA Champions league as they head into the first knockout round this week as the top scorers. They will be eager to pile on their goal tally for personal and also Champions league Glory.
The FC Internazionale Milano Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Manchester Uniter FC winger Christiano Ronaldo started similar amount of games in the group stage to pile up 5 goals each ahead of ten players who netted 4 goals, where all but two remain in the competition. Ibrahimovic scored all of his goals so far in Milan, a record he hopes to end when Inter face Liverpool in Anfield. Ronaldo is looking forward to carry his good away form to Stade Gerland as Manchester United face Olympique Lyonnais, as 3 of his 5 goals came away from home.
Among all the players who scored four goals are Goran Pandev from S.S. Lazio and Liedson from Sporting Club de Potugal, whose teams have been eliminated from the competition, and the Real Madrid forward Ruud Van Nistelrooy, who scored a record of 12 goals in the 02/03 season for Manchester United. Last season’s top scorer Kaka was the only one besides van Nistelrooy to get double figures as he scored 10 goals for Milan, this season he holds 2 goals to his name. The leading all-time goal scorer for the Champions League Raul Gonzalez scored 3 goals in the group stages and moves his career total to 59.
[by Shahnawaz Alam]