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Raúl, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and the Top 20 Players with the Most Goals in UEFA Champions League History

Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi Will Break The UCL Goal Record This Season

Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi Will Break The UCL Goal Record This Season

If you’re watching the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League season, you’re watching history. Seven of the 20 all-time leading UCL goal scorers are still playing, including two who (barring injury) will break the record.

Raúl González Blanco, better known as Raúl, sits at the top with 71 goals.

Real Madrid‘s Cristiano Ronaldo is just three behind with 68 and Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi just today (Spain time) scored his 68th as well.

One of these two tied footballers will retire as the greatest player in Champions League history, at least in terms of most goals scored (amidst plenty of other qualifications, for sure).

But, for now, who will hold the record at the end of this season?

My bet’s on Leo.

FOOTBALLER UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GOALS SCORED GAMES PLAYED SEASONS TEAM(S) HOME COUNTRY
1. Raúl 71 142 1995-2011 Real Madrid, Schalke 04 Spain
2. Cristiano Ronaldo 68 104 2003-Present Manchester United, Real Madrid Portugal
2. Lionel Messi 68 87 2005-Present Barcelona Argentina
4. Ruud van Nistelrooy 56 73 1998-2009 PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid Netherlands
5. Thierry Henry 50 112 1997-2010 Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona France
6. Alfredo Di Stéfano 49 58 1955-1964 Real Madrid Argentina
7. Andriy Shevchenko 48 100 1994-2012 Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea Ukraine
8. Eusébio 46 65 1961-1974 Benfica Portugal
8. Filippo Inzaghi 46 81 1997-2012 Juventus, Milan Italy
10. Didier Drogba 42 88 2003-Present Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray Ivory Coast
11. Alessandro Del Piero 41 89 1995-2009 Juventus Italy
11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ 41 104 2001-Present Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain Sweden
13. Karim Benzema 37 65 2006-Present Lyon, Real Madrid France
14. Ferenc Puskás 36 41 1956-1966 Budapest Honvéd, Real Madrid Hungary
15. Gerd Müller 35 35 1969-1977 Bayern Munich West Germany
16. Fernando Morientes 33 93 1997-2009 Real Madrid, Monaco, Liverpool, Valencia Spain
17. Samuel Eto’o 30 78 1999-Present Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Chelsea Cameroon
17. Kaká 30 86 2003-2014 Milan, Real Madrid Brazil
17. Francisco Gento 30 89 1955-1969 Real Madrid Spain
20. David Trezeguet 29 58 1997-Present Monaco, Juventus France
20. Roy Makaay 29 61 2000-2007 Deportivo La Coruña, Bayern Munich Netherlands
20. Patrick Kluivert 29 71 1994-2006 Ajax, Barcelona Netherlands
20. Wayne Rooney 29 81 2004-Present Manchester United England

Photos: EPA via telegraph.co.uk / star.gr

NFL: Top 20 Players with the Most Rushing Touchdowns on Monday Night Football

Emmitt Smith Stomped Into The End Zone On Monday Nights More Than Anybody Else

Emmitt Smith Stomped Into The End Zone On Monday Nights More Than Anybody Else

The NFL’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns, Emmitt Smith, also has the most rushing touchdowns on Monday Night Football – the only player with over 20 TDs on the ground.

Those MNF scores are hard to come by, many of them depending on how good your team is (and if it’s been deemed worthy of the spotlight). Only seven running backs have managed 10 or more.

And unlike quarterbacks with the most passing touchdowns on Monday night – a list that includes Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Eli Manning – only one (barely) active player (and not even a running back, at that) makes today’s list. It’s New York Jets‘ backup QB, Michael Vick.

PLAYER MNF RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS CAREER SPAN WITH MNF GAMES PLAYED
1. Emmitt Smith 23 1990-2004 Dallas Cowboys 25
2. Marcus Allen 17 1982-1997 Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs 27
3. Eric Dickerson 14 1983-1993 Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts 14
4. John Riggins 13 1971-1985 New York Jets, Washington Redskins 17
5. Terrell Davis 10 1995-2001 Denver Broncos 13
5. Ahman Green 10 1998-2009 Green Bay Packers 15
5. Chuck Muncie 10 1976-1984 New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers 9
8. Ottis Anderson 9 1979-1992 St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants 13
8. Jerome Bettis 9 1993-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers 17
8. James Brooks 9 1981-1992 San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals 18
8. Earl Campbell 9 1978-1985 Houston Oilers 9
8. Tony Dorsett 9 1977-1988 Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos 25
8. Franco Harris 9 1972-1984 Pittsburgh Steelers 19
8. Edgerrin James 9 1999-2009 Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals 10
8. Joe Morris 9 1982-1991 New York Giants 12
8. Steve Young (QB) 9 1985-1999 San Francisco 49ers 25
17. Pete Banaszak 8 1966-1978 Oakland Raiders 11
17. Dorsey Levens 8 1994-2004 Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles 20
17. Curtis Martin 8 1995-2005 New England Patirots, New York Jets 14
17. Donovan McNabb (QB) 8 1999-2011 Philadelphia Eagles 17
17. Michael Vick (QB) 8 2001-Present Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles 10

Thanks to the best football reference site on the Web, pro-football-reference.com, where I ran this query, and where you can see everybody ever who ran it in on a Monday night.

Photo: Tim Sharp, AP via dallasnews.com

NFL Running Backs with the Most Long Rushing Touchdowns: 50 Yards or More, Regular Season

Barry Sanders Busting Out On Another One Of Those Long Touchdown Runs

Barry Sanders Busting Out On Another One Of Those Long Touchdown Runs

It’s part two of Sports List of the Day‘s three-part look at players with the most long touchdowns. Yesterday, we saw quarterbacks with the most long passing TDs. Today, how about running backs with rushing touchdowns of 50 yards or more?

And who has the most? Barry Sanders, with 15.

And, sadly on many fronts, who was poised to break that record, but might not get the chance (and certainly won’t in 2014, it is becoming apparent)? Adrian Peterson.

The great Jim Brown (high on just about every important career rushing list) and current New York Jet Chris Johnson are the only other two running backs in NFL history with 10 or more rushing touchdowns of at least 50 yards.

Recognize any of your personal fantasy RBs below? Some of these guys may not be the best running backs of all time (and most will never whiff the Hall of Fame), but surely they were go-to or filler players for your teams over the past 10+ years – Ahman Green, Fred Taylor, Warrick Dunn, Napoleon Kaufman and even actives MJD and DeAngelo Williams.

Hopefully you were playing them when they had their big runs.

Tomorrow, part three – receivers!

RUNNING BACK RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS, 50 YARDS OR MORE WITH CAREER SPAN
1. Barry Sanders 15 Detroit Lions 1989-1998
2. Adrian Peterson 13 Minnesota Vikings 2007-Present*
3. Jim Brown 12 Cleveland Browns 1957-1965
4. Chris Johnson 11 Tennessee Titans 2008-Present
5. Ollie Matson 8 St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles 1952-1966
5. Lenny Moore 8 Baltimore Colts 1956-1967
5. O.J. Simpson 8 Buffalo Bills 1969-1976
5. Robert Smith 8 Minnesota Vikings 1993-2000
5. Fred Taylor 8 Jacksonville Jaguars 1998-2010
10. Ahman Green 7 Green Bay Packers 1998-2009
10. Maurice Jones-Drew 7 Jacksonville Jaguars 2006-Present
10. DeAngelo Williams 7 Carolina Panthers 2006-Present
13. Tiki Barber 6 New York Giants 1997-2006
13. Jamaal Charles 6 Kansas City Chiefs 2008-Present
13. Terrell Davis 6 Denver Broncos 1995-2001
13. Tony Dorsett 6 Dallas Cowboys 1977-1988
13. Warrick Dunn 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons 1997-2008
13. Napoleon Kaufman 6 Oakland Raiders 1995-2000
13. Joe Perry 6 San Francisco 49ers 1948-1963
13. Emmitt Smith 6 Dallas Cowboys 1990-2004
13. LaDainian Tomlinson 6 San Diego Chargers 2001-2011

Photo: oregonlive.com

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