The Champions League is widely considered to be the most prestigious club competition in the world with a number of top players and clubs participating in it in order to win the trophy each season.
The competition has seen a number of great players participate in it, both in the past and at present, though there are very few who manage to make a mark when it comes to winning the trophy.
The players who participate in the competition come from countries all over the world, but there are very few who achieve greatness in Europe and here, we take a look at five players who have scored the group stages.
1. Lionel Messi - 76 goals in 81 games
Lionel Messi is the second highest goalscorer in Champions League history, but when it comes to starring in the group stages, there has been no better goalscorer than the Argentinian.
The record seven-time Ballon d'Or award winner has netted 76 goals in just 81 games in the group stage, which is one of the main reasons why the teams he plays for usually sail through to the knockout stages more often than not.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo - 73 goals in 98 games
The all-time record goalscorer in Champions League history, Cristiano Ronaldo comes in second on the list with 73 goals netted in the group stage.
The 36-year-old is arguably the biggest matchwinner in the competitions history and he will look to add more to his tally before he decides to hang up his boots.
3. Robert Lewandowski - 56 goals in 61 games
Robert Lewandowski has established himself as the best striker in the world over the past two-three years with the Polish hitman scoring goals for fun for both club and country.
He has netted an astonishing 56 goals in just 61 group stage games and does not look like he is stopping anytime soon.
4. Karim Benzema - 56 goals in 79 games
Karim Benzema has emerged as Real Madrid's best player since Cristiano Ronaldo left them in the summer of 2018 and the Frenchman has become the Los Blancos talisman since that period.
The striker has been brilliant in group stages for Madrid and he will be expected to maintain his form as long as he remains at the Bernabeu.
5. Raul - 53 goals in 96 games
Raul is considered to be one of the greatest players in Spain and Real Madrid's history and the striker was the fulcrum of the side in the 1990's and early 2000s.
The now retired legendary figure netted 53 goals in the group stages and a few more important ones in the knockout fixtures.