UWCL: Ada Hegerberg struck twice on her 50th European appearance to set a new record of 53 goals, becoming all-time top scorer

Ada Hegerberg became the all-time leading scorer in the competition with her 52nd goal, taking her only 50 games.

Ada Hegerberg struck twice on her 50th European appearance to set a new record of 53 goals

Ada Hegerberg equalled Anja Mittag’s UEFA women’s club competition record of 51 goals with two in Lyon’s 100th match in Europe, and then broke it in her next game, her 50th.

German forward Mittag, who retired in May 2019, became the first player to 50 goals in the UEFA Women’s Champions League and predecessor UEFA Women’s Cup on 11 October 2017 for Rosengård against Olimpia Cluj in the round of 32.

The German international won two titles with first club Turbine Potsdam and moved for her first spell at Swedish outfit Rosengård, where she returned after playing for Paris Saint-Germain and Wolfsburg.

She took 68 games to get to 50 goals but Hegerberg only needed 49 when she converted a penalty away to Fortuna Hjørring on 16 October 2019, scoring again later to equal Mittag’s final tally of 51. Hegerberg took that to 52 early in the second leg two weeks later.

Hegerberg got two in Europe for both Stabæk and Turbine Potsdam before joining Lyon in 2014, a key part of their domination in recent seasons. We look at the competition’s all-time top ten.

Ada Hegerberg (Stabæk/Turbine Potsdam/Lyon) 53*

At 24, with four titles already won at Lyon, Hegerberg is threatening to rewrite the competition record books in the way Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have done in the men’s UEFA Champions League.

The Norwegian took just 37 games to get to 37 goals, and with 15 in 2017/18 beat the record of 14 for a single campaign, two ahead of the mark Hegerberg reached when she was top scorer in Lyon’s 2015/16 victory.

Her 2019 final hat-trick lifted her into the top four ahead of some past and present club-mates and she overtook Marta with a treble at Ryazan-VDV to open 2019/20.

Her second-leg goals was her 44th and 45th in Europe for Lyon, the new single-club record. The following game, Lyon’s 100th in the competition and only her 49th, she drew level with Mittag, breaking the record in Hegerberg’s 50th European appearance with two more goals.

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