Highest scoring teams in a Champions League season

Which teams have scored the most goals in a single UEFA Champions League season and who holds the record for most goals in a UCL group stage? We remember the most lethal teams in the history of the competition.

Which teams have scored the most goals in a UCL season?
Barcelona (1999-00): 45 goals
Barcelona hold the record for most goals scored in a single UCL season, with 45 in the 1999-00 campaign. Aided by the fact that the format that season saw more games played (they played in 16 out of 17 possible matches), their count hasn’t been replicated before or after.

Barça were knocked out in the semi-finals by Valencia, and saw 13 different players scoring for them in 1999-00 (excluding own goals) – only Real Madrid in 2001-02 (14) and Borussia Dortmund in 2016-17 (15) saw your goals in the UCL to reach through a greater variety of players in a single season. Rivaldo was their top scorer this season with 10 goals – finishing at the top of the goalscoring chart in 1999-00 alongside Real Madrid legend Raúl and FC Porto’s Mário Jardel.

Perhaps not surprising given the number of games they have played, but Barcelona’s games this season have witnessed 68 goals in total – the most for any club in a Champions League season. They conceded 23 goals, which is the seventh highest score of any team in a single UCL season.

Bayern Munich (2019-20): 43 goals
Bayern Munich scored 41 goals on the way to lifting their first UEFA Champions League trophy in seven years in 2019-20. In a season interrupted by Covid, their final 1-0 victory over PSG was the first to be played behind closed doors and the last to be played in any season (23 August).

Twenty-four of their goals (56%) came in the group stage – only Paris Saint-Germain (25 in 2017-18) have scored more goals in a single campaign in the group stage. Robert Lewandowski has scored 15 of his goals this season, scoring 35% of the total in his 10 matches.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, competition this season has been restructured, and this has meant that Bayern have only played 11 games. Their goals per game average of 3.91 is the most seen by a team in any full UCL season – if they had played the now standard 13 games that season en route to the title, they would undoubtedly have broken the goals record in the UCL. season. UCL.

Real Madrid (2013-14): 41 goals
Real Madrid sealed yet another UEFA Champions League title in 2013-14, beating Atlético Madrid 4-1 in the final after extra time. Not only were they the first team to score four times in a UCL final since Milan in 1993-94, they also finished the season with 41 goals – only two teams have scored more in a single Champions League campaign.

More than half (21) of their goals this season were in the knockout stage – more than in the group stage (20). 17 of his goals (41%) were scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, who broke the UCL scoring record in a single season – his second-highest scorer (Gareth Bale) scored just six goals, 11 fewer than the Portuguese.

Liverpool (2017-18): 41 goals
Liverpool scored 41 goals on the way to reaching the Champions League final in 2017-18.

14 of their goals came in just two of their group stage games, when they beat Maribor 7-0 away from home before replicating the score at Anfield less than two months later in the rout against Spartak Moscow. Both feature in the biggest wins in UCL history. Overall, only two teams have scored more goals in a single group stage – PSG in 2017-18 (25) and Bayern Munich in 2019-20 (24).

Liverpool have only seen three players reach double-digit goals in a single UCL season and all three have come this campaign. The lethal three Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané all scored 10 goals, but that wouldn’t help Liverpool win the title – they ended up losing in the final to Real Madrid, 3-1 in Kyiv.

Real Madrid (2016-17): 36 goals
Real Madrid won the 2016-17 Champions League with a 4-1 final victory over Juventus. It was Ronaldo who was the hero, both in the final (with two goals) and overall that season, with 12 goals, the competition record, for the Spanish club.

The La Liga side saw 54 goals scored in their 13 games in 2016-17 in total (36 scored, 18 conceded) – the seventh highest tally by a club in a single UCL season.

Teams that have scored 35 goals in a UCL season
Real Madrid (1999-00)
Real Madrid (2000-01)
Real Madrid (2001-02)
Real Madrid (2011-12)
Barcelona (2011-12)

Who is the highest scoring team in a UCL group stage?
Paris Saint-Germain scored 25 goals in the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League group stage, which remains a UCL group stage record. Almost half (12) of those goals were against Celtic, who won 5-0 away and 7-1 at home. Neymar has scored in all but one of all six group stage games, scoring six times and providing assists in three more, with five of those goal involvements against Celtic.

Their prolific goalscoring record didn’t help them in the knockout stages, however – they were ejected from the competition in the round of 16 by Real Madrid, who won after a 5-2 loss on aggregate.

PSG’s tally was just two more than Liverpool that season, who scored 23 in the group stage – the third-highest score behind Bayern Munich’s 24 in 2019-20.

Bayern nearly equaled their tally in 2021-22 but fell short (22 goals), while German club Borussia Dortmund’s 21 group stage goals in 2016-17 is the fifth highest tally.

Can Napoli break records in 2022-23?
Following Napoli’s 3-0 home win over Scottish club Rangers in MD5 this season, they find themselves on 20 goals with one group stage game remaining. That means they need to score six goals on their MD6 trip away to Liverpool to equal PSG’s UCL group stage record of 25 in 2017-18 – that seems highly unlikely. However, they have every chance of breaking into the top five in this category, needing just one goal to replicate Borussia Dortmund’s feat of scoring 21 in the 2016-17 groups, which is the fifth-highest goal tally of the 2016-17 phase. groups.

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