Bayern Munich scored 41 goals on the way to lifting their first UEFA Champions League trophy in seven years, back in 2019-20. In a Covid-disrupted season, their 1-0 final win over PSG was both the first to be played behind closed doors and the latest 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 group stage campaign. Robert Lewandowski scored 15 of their goals in this season, netting 35% of their total in his 10 appearances.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the competition this season was restructured to have single-leg quarter and semi-finals, meaning that Bayern only played 11 games. Their average goals per game of 3.91 is the most seen by a side in any complete UCL season – had they played the now-standard 13 games that season on the way to their title, they’d have undoubtedly broken the outright goal record in the UCL.
Real Madrid sealed their 10th UEFA Champions League crown in 2013-14, achieving ‘La Décima’ by 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, but they also ended the season with 41 goals – only two teams have netted more in a single Champions League campaign.
Over half (21) of their goals this season came in the knockout stages – more than they scored in the group stage (20). 17 of their goals (41%) were scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, who broke the single-season UCL scoring record – their next best scorer (Gareth Bale) only posted six goals, which was 11 fewer than the Portuguese.
Liverpool scored 41 goals on the way to reaching the Champions League final in 2017-18.
Fourteen of their goals came in just two of their group stage matches, as they beat Maribor 7-0 away from home before replicating the scoreline at Anfield less than two months later in the rout of 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 figures for goals in a single UCL season and all three came in this campaign. The lethal front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané all grabbed 10 goals, but it wouldn’t help Liverpool to the title – they eventually lost 3-1 in the final to Real Madrid in Kyiv.
Real Madrid won the 2016-17 Champions League with a 4-1 victory in the final over Juventus. It was Cristiano Ronaldo who was the hero, both in the final (with two goals) and overall that season, with a competition-high 12 goals for the Spanish club.
The La Liga side saw 54 goals scored in their 13 matches in 2016-17 overall (36 scored, 18 conceded) – the seventh highest tally by a club in a single UCL season.
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Paris Saint-Germain scored 25 group stage goals in the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League, which remains a record tally in a UCL group stage. Nearly half (12) of these goals came against Celtic, who they beat 5-0 away and 7-1 at home. Neymar scored in all but one of their six group stage games, scoring six times and assisting three more, with five of these goal involvements coming against Celtic.