Football | Ada Hegerberg breaks Women’s Champions League goalscoring record

Ada Hegerberg has become the highest scorer in Women’s Champions League history.

Incredibly, the Lyon striker has done so at the tender age of 24, scoring 53 goals in just 50 matches in the competition.

Hegerberg’s brace in a 4-0 win over Fortuna Hjorring in the first leg of the French club’s last 16 clash equaled Anja Mittag’s all-time record of 51 goals in the competition earlier this month.

The Norwegian attacker – who is the highest paid female player in the world – notched another two goals in the return leg yesterday to surpass Mittag’s tally as Lyon won the second leg 7-0 to ease into the quarter-finals.

Hegerberg, who has won five league titles, four European trophies, is the fastest man or woman to reach 50 European goals, doing so in just 49 games.

Ruud van Nistelrooy did it in 62 games, while it took Lionel Messi 66 games and Cristiano Ronaldo 91 matches to reach the same milestone.

In last year’s Champions League final, she scored a 16-minute hat-trick to fire Lyon to a 4-1 victory over Barcelona in Budapest.

Remarkably, the 24-year-old also scored 15 goals in one game in the 2017/18 season.

Only two of the other players in the women’s top 10 list – France’s Eugenie Le Sommer and Brazil’s Marta – are still active, but both are on 46 goals and are much older than Hederberg.

Hegerberg is also prolific in the French league, finishing as the top division’s top scorer for three years in a row before finishing second in the charts – with 20 goals in 20 games – last season.

In her first five seasons at the French club, she scored 130 goals. She has plundered eight goals in six league matches this season, which brings her overall tally to a staggering 218 goals in 217 domestic games.

Hegerberg played for Kolbotn, Stabæk and Turbine Potsdam before joining Lyon in the summer of 2014.

Her spell in France has been overwhelmingly successful, with the Molde native winning 13 out of a possible 15 trophies with Lyon.

Hegerberg won the inaugural Women’s Ballon d’Or last year, and has been shortlisted for the award again this year, as well as being named as the European Player of the Year in 2016.

In 2017 and 2019, the Molde native was named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year.

She has not represented Norway at international level since 2017 after a falling out with the national setup, but scored 38 goals in 66 games for the country before then.

Her older sister Andrine plays for Roma in Serie A.