By News Team
Last Updated: 18th February 2020
It’s hard not to feel goosebumps when hearing the Champions League anthem when you’re sat at home watching the game with your mates, let alone when you’re lining up to play in it.
Now imagine you’re not only scoring goals in the competition, but also in the running to be the tournament’s deadliest marksman as you bid to write your name in the history books.
That’s the case for several of Europe’s top strikers, with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe and Mohamed Salah all banging in the goals for their respective sides.
We take a look at who is in the running and the latest odds on will finish up as the Champions League’s top scorer as we head into the knockout stages of the tournament this week.
Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski currently leads the goalscoring charts ahead of their last 16 clash against Chelsea, having netted an impressive 10 goals en route to the knockout stages.
The Polish striker has netted an incredible 63 goals in 85 Champions League appearances in total and with Bayern expected to at least reach the last four, it’s 1/20 for him to be the tournaments’ Golden Boot winner.
His odds suggest he already has one hand on the award, but getting past Chelsea and into the next round is no forgone conclusion and he only has a two-goal cushion at the top of the table.
Easy to rule out Kane
Tottenham’s Harry Kane has lit up the Premier League with his succession of goals for a number of seasons now and he sits just four goals behind Lewandowski on six, though he won’t add to that tally any time soon.
The England ace has been out injured since the opening week of January and with doubts remaining over whether he will even make Euro 2016, any further Champions League goals look unlikely.
Those expecting Tottenham to grab the goals en route to the latter stages could back Son Heung-min to fill the void, who has five goals to his name so far, though the 100/1 on offer suggests the South Korean faces a stiff task, and after he was recently sidelined through injury this is one to give a miss.
Haaland the value
This time last year you’d be forgiven for not recognising Haaland. But after a whirlwind few months, Champions League hat-tricks and a move to Borussia Dortmund, he has become a household name.
“A childhood dream is coming true,” he quipped before his debut in the tournament. A few hours later he was celebrating a first-half hat-trick against Genk aged just 19.
That and other blistering performances for Red Bull Salzburg this season earned him a move to Dortmund in January and he has already netted nine goals in six games for the Bundesliga side.
They may face French giants Paris Saint-Germain in the knockout stages, but despite splashing the cash freely the Parisians are perennial underachievers and on their day Dortmund could definitely progress.
Haaland will be the man in charge of firing his side to a potential final and with just two Champions League goals between him and Lewandowski this season, the 12/1 available on him winning the Golden Boot is good value.