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One African Makes UCL Top 10 Goal-Scorers

Lionel Messi is the leading all-time scorer in Champions League history, but one African legend also makes the top 10.

Read: Ronaldo Levels Messi & Raul Record In Europe

Messi has scored 75 goals in 92 games in the competition, while Chelsea’s Didier Drogba sits in eighth place with 44 goals in 91 games.

The Ivory Coast legend scored 36 goals in 73 games for the Blues, an additional three in 12 games for Galatasaray and five in six appearances for Marseille at the beginning of his career.

The 36-year-old scored his most important goal in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich, when his 88th minute equaliser took the match to extra-time and penalties subsequently. In the shoot-out he converted the final penalty to win Chelsea first Champions League trophy in the club’s history.

In the competition's all-time ranking, Drogba features behind Messi (75), Cristiano Ronaldo (73), Raul (71), Ruud van Nistelrooy (56), Thierry Henry (50), Andriy Shevchenko (48) and Filippo Inzaghi (46).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (43) and Alessandro del Piero (42) complete the top 10 list.

Click through our mini-gallery attached to the article to view the top 10 goal-scorers in Champions League history.

The revamped Champions League was launched in 1992, when it replaced the European Champions Cup.

If the top goal-scorers from before 1992 are included, Alfredo di Stefano (49) and Eusebio (46) push Drogba down to tenth place.

Do you think Didier Drogba is one of the greatest ever strikers in football? Have your say in the comment section below.

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