Match Predictor: who will score the first goal?

As the UEFA Champions League resumes, our Match Predictor game returns as well – with a brand-new feature for the knockout stage.

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In addition to the match result, you can now predict the first player and the first team to score in order to win extra points. To help you with your predictions, looks at which players and teams have got the most opening goals in the UEFA Champions League – and it’s little surprise to see Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi leading the way.

Opening goalscorers in UEFA Champions League matches

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates another UEFA Champions League goal©AFP/Getty Images

Last five seasons
18 Cristiano Ronaldo
15 Lionel Messi
9 Robert Lewandowski
9 Thomas Müller
8 Karim Benzema
8 Edinson Cavani
7 Sergio Agüero
7 Zlatan Ibrahimović
6 Jonas
6 Marco Reus
5 Neymar
5 Fernando Torres

Bayern players celebrate

Bayern have scored the opening goal 38 times©Getty Images

38 Bayern München
38 Real Madrid
33 Barcelona
30 Paris Saint-Germain
28 Atlético
22 Chelsea
22 Borussia Dortmund
21 Juventus
21 Porto
20 Arsenal

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Lionel Messi is also a prolific scorer of opening goals©Getty Images

35 Cristiano Ronaldo
28 Lionel Messi
26 Raúl González
21 Filippo Inzaghi
19 Zlatan Ibrahimović
19 Andriy Shevchenko
18 Karim Benzema
18 Thierry Henry
18 Alessandro Del Piero
14 Didier Drogba
12 Patrick Kluivert
12 David Trezeguet
12 Ruud van Nistelrooy
11 Giovane Elber
11 Roy Makaay
11 Thomas Müller
10 Sergio Agüero
10 Edinson Cavani
10 Hernán Crespo
10 Cesc Fàbregas

Thierry Henry (Arsenal London)

Thierry Henry and Arsenal have both scored plenty of opening goals©Getty Images

137 Real Madrid
136 Barcelona
127 Bayern
114 Manchester United
97 Arsenal
94 AC Milan
93 Juventus
87 Porto
82 Chelsea
58 Internazionale Milano
58 Valencia
56 Borussia Dortmund
56 Lyon
53 Dynamo Kyiv
49 Paris Saint-Germain

So who will be hitting the opening goals of this season’s round of 16 ties? Make your choices …

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