8. Ruud van Nistelrooy
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DEBUT: 1998
TEAM(S): PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Hamburg
Goals, goals, goals and more goals. Before Ruud van Nistelrooy became a tap-in artist of Pippo Inzaghi-like quality, he was an unstoppable goal machine for PSV and Manchester United whose quality of strike went hand-in-hand with the record-setting quantity. The man Goal TV commentator Ray Hudson once dubbed "Ruud van Goal" never won a Champions League crown, but it wasn't for lack of production. Only one man has collected more than the Dutch master's 56 CL goals, and no one in the top 10 has a better goals-per-game ratio (.69)—not even Leo Messi. Manchester United's all-time leading scorer in the competition, Ruud boy was a force to be reckoned with during some relatively lean years in Europe for United.