UEFA Champions League
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The UEFA Champions League is a football competition between the superior club teams in Europe. The teams are selected because of good performances in their league matches. The teams used to have to win their countries' championship, but more than one team can play in the competition depending on how good their league is. For example: the Spanish League can get 4 Spanish clubs in the competition compared to the Kazakhstan League which can only get one team in the competition.
Real Madrid won the Champions League the first five times it was held, still a record. They have also won the Champions League/European Cup 13 times, which is also a record.
A total of 22 clubs from 10 European countries won the Champions League. 12 clubs won it more than once: Real Madrid, Milan, Bayern, Liverpool, Barcelona, Ajax, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Juventus, Benfica, Porto and Nottingham Forest. The current champions are Liverpool Football Club after defeating Tottenham Hotspur in the final on 2nd June 2019 by 2-0.
Records and statisticsEdit
Performances by clubEdit
Performances by nationEdit
- A ^ Includes clubs representing West Germany. No clubs representing East Germany appeared in a final.
- B ^ Includes clubs representing the Former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1945 to its breakup in 1992).
All-time top scorersEdit
- As of 26 February 2020
The table below does not include goals scored in the qualification stage.
|1||Cristiano Ronaldo||128||169||0.76||2003–||Manchester United (15), Real Madrid (105), Juventus (8)|
|3||Raúl||71||142||0.5||1995–2011||Real Madrid (66), Schalke 04 (5)|
|4||Robert Lewandowski||64||86||0.74||2011–||Borussia Dortmund (17), Bayern Munich (47)|
|Karim Benzema||64||119||0.54||2006–||Lyon (12), Real Madrid (52)|
|6||Ruud van Nistelrooy||56||73||0.77||1998–2009||PSV Eindhoven (8), Manchester United (35), Real Madrid (13)|
|7||Thierry Henry||50||112||0.45||1997–2012||Monaco (7), Arsenal (35), Barcelona (8)|
|8||Alfredo Di Stéfano||49||58||0.84||1955–1964||Real Madrid|
|9||Andriy Shevchenko||48||100||0.48||1994–2012||Dynamo Kyiv (15), Milan (29), Chelsea (4)|
|Zlatan Ibrahimović||48||120||0.4||2001–2017||Ajax (6), Juventus (3), Inter Milan (6), Barcelona (4), Milan (9), Paris Saint-Germain (20)|
- As of 26 February 2020
The table below does not include appearances made in the qualification stage.
|1||Iker Casillas||177||1999–2019||Real Madrid (150), Porto (27)|
|2||Cristiano Ronaldo||169||2003–||Manchester United (52), Real Madrid (101), Juventus (16)|
|4||Raúl||142||1995–2011||Real Madrid (130), Schalke 04 (12)|
|5||Ryan Giggs||141||1994–2014||Manchester United|
|8||Clarence Seedorf||125||1994–2012||Ajax (11), Real Madrid (25), Milan (89)|
|9||Paul Scholes||124||1994–2013||Manchester United|
|Sergio Ramos||2005–||Real Madrid|
- "UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook 2018/19" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. pp. 5–7. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
- "UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook 2018/19" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). pp. 4, 7. Retrieved 3 October 2018.