Champions League top scorers: Ronaldo out in front of Neymar & Kane

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As Europe's elite battle it out for team glory, individual players are engaged in a fight to come out on top as the best goalscorer

The 2017-18 Champions League has returned for the knock-out stage and the race to see who will finish as the tournament's top goalscorer is back on.

Cristiano Ronaldo was last season's top scorer with 12 goals as Real Madrid clinched their second Champions League title in a row and he narrowly edged out long-time rival Lionel Messi, who scored 11.

The likes of Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani, Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski and the precocious Kylian Mbappe were also among the contenders last term.

With the tournament already serving up plenty of goals in the group stage, we bring you the latest Champions League top scorer ranking.

Who is Champions League top scorer in 2017-18?

Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Real Madrid v Tottenham, Champions League 2017/18

Ronaldo currently leads the way with 12 goals in eight games, while Wissam Ben Yedder is into second place on the list after his double for Sevilla in the win at Manchester United took his tally to eight.

Tottenham star Harry Kane is in third place with seven goals, alongside Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino and Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.

Next on the list are Cavani's PSG team-mate Neymar, Firmino's Liverpool colleagues Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and Lionel Messi after the Barcelona star took his tally to 100 Champions League goals with a double in the second leg against Chelsea.

After a first career effort against Chelsea in the first leg, the mercurial Argentine will be looking to edge ever closer to an eternal rival at Real Madrid as Barcelona seek to go deep into the competition.

Champions League 2017-18 top goalscorers:

*Correct as of games played on March 14, 2018

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 12
2 Wissam Ben Yedder Sevilla 8
=3 Roberto Firmino  Liverpool 7
=3 Harry Kane  Tottenham 7
=3 Edinson Cavani PSG 7
=6 Lionel Messi Barcelona 6
=6 Neymar PSG 6
=6 Sadio Mane  Liverpool 6
=6 Mohamed Salah  Liverpool 6
=10 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool 5
=10 Vincent Aboubakar  Porto 5
=10 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 5
=10 Romelu Lukaku Manchester United 5
=10 Gonzalo Higuain  Juventus 5
=15 Kylian Mbappe  PSG 4
=15 Cenk Tosun  Besiktas  4
=15 Sergio Aguero  Manchester City 4
=15 Raheem Sterling  Manchester City 4
=15 Dimitri Oberlin  Basel 4
=15 Anderson Talisca  Besiktas  4
=15 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund 4

Champions League top scorer odds

Lionel Messi Barcelona

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Perhaps unsurprisingly,  Ronaldo has become the heavy favourite to finish as the top scorer in the 2017-18 Champions League, according to Oddschecker . The Portuguese is rated at 1/8 after the last-16 games to repeat the feat this season.

The nearest contenders are still big outsiders, with Barcelona rival  Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich's  Robert Lewandowski  both available at 25/1, while Liverpool's main man Mohamed Salah comes in at 33/1 and team-mates Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino 40/1 and 50/1 respectively. 

After scoring twice at Manchester United to move into second place in the chart, Wissam Ben Yedder is priced 66/1, ahead of Manchester City star Sergio Aguero (200/1) and Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain (200/1).

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