elite event. Five players are sitting joint-top scorers of this season’s UEFA Champions League, but only four can add on to their impressive goal tally. Marseille’s Mamdou Niang, who took the competition by storm in the group stages, will have to sit and watch the rest of the tournament after the French giants got knocked out in Group D. Juventus’ evergreen captain Alessandro Del Piero has been rolling back the years in this edition with five scorching beauties in the group stages. Hs majestic display against a hapless Real Madrid was one of the best individual performances in the group stages. Steven Gerrard, who we all know has a tendency to bail his team out when the going gets tough, has put his name amongst the best with five thunderbolts, some worthy of goal of the tournament. Lyon’s French megastar Karim Benzema knows no boundaries as he terrorized European defences into submission and sits on five as well. Rounding up the lot is Barcelona’s Argentine magician Lionel Messi, a potential Player of the Tournament whose mesmerizing runs have given defenders nightmares across Europe.