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Madrid supplants Milan as top footballing city

Thanks to Real Madrid's victory against Atlético Madrid at San Siro, the Spanish capital took two European Cup records and an overall UEFA competition best off Milan.

Once again the cup is in Madrid
Once again the cup is in Madrid ©Getty Images

Whatever happened in the UEFA Champions League final at Stadio San Siro, the city of Madrid already knew it would take two European Cup records off Milan.

Up until this season, AC Milan and Internazionale Milano between them had won the competition ten times and reached a total of 16 finals. However, Real's 11th victory combined with Atlético making the decider means Madrid is now ahead of Milan in both respects after their teams met in the final for the second time in three years – the only one-city deciders in the competition's history.

In the UEFA Champions League era solely, Madrid can now celebrate its fifth victory, one more than Milan (whose tally of seven finals the Spanish capital has matched) and Barcelona.

Madrid is also by far the most successful capital in the European Cup, with Amsterdam next on four wins courtesy of Ajax, and Lisbon having had seven final appearances thanks to Benfica. Through the efforts of Arsenal and Chelsea, London has had three UEFA Champions League finalists and, like Amsterdam, one success.

As for performances in all three of UEFA's current and past major club competitions, Madrid was also guaranteed to climb one clear of Milan's total of 15 trophies. Madrid already led Milan in UEFA competition final appearances before this season and are now 26-23 up, though no city can equal London's feat of four different winners and five separate finalist clubs. If Liverpool had won the UEFA Europa League final, the city would have joined Madrid and Milan on double figures.

2014: All-Madrid final

European Cup wins by city (including 2016)
Madrid 11 (Real Madrid 11)
Milan 10 (AC Milan 7, Internazionale Milano 3)
Munich 5 (Bayern München 5)
Barcelona 5 (Barcelona 5)
Liverpool 5 (Liverpool 5)

European Cup final appearances by city (including 2016)
Madrid 17 (Real Madrid 14, Atlético Madrid 3)
Milan 16 (AC Milan 11, Internazionale Milano 5)
Munich 10 (Bayern München 10)
Barcelona 8 (Barcelona 8)
Turin 8 (Juventus 8)

Milan legends on San Siro

UEFA Champions League wins by city (including 2016)
Madrid 5 (Real Madrid 5)
Barcelona 4 (Barcelona 4)
Milan 4 (AC Milan 3, Internazionale Milano 1)
Manchester 2 (Manchester United 2)
Munich 2 (Bayern München 2)

UEFA Champions League final appearances by city (including 2016)
Madrid 7 (Real Madrid 5, Atlético Madrid 2)
Milan 7 (AC Milan 6, Internazionale Milano 1)
Munich 5 (Bayern München 5)
Barcelona 5 (Barcelona 5)
Turin 5 (Juventus 5)

UEFA club competition wins by city (including 2016)*
Madrid 16 (Real Madrid 13, Atlético Madrid 3)
Milan 15 (AC Milan 9, Internazionale Milano 6)
Barcelona 9 (Barcelona 9)
Liverpool 9 (Liverpool 8, Everton 1)
London 9 (Chelsea 4, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Arsenal 1, West Ham United 1)

UEFA club competition final appearances by city (including 2016)*
Madrid 26 (Real Madrid 18, Atlético Madrid 8)
Milan 23 (AC Milan 14, Internazionale Milano 9)
London 20 (Chelsea 8, Arsenal 5, Tottenham Hotspur 4, West Ham United 2, Fulham 1)
Barcelona 16 (Barcelona 14, Espanyol 2)
Liverpool 13 (Liverpool 12, Everton 1)
Munich 13 (Bayern München 12, 1860 München 1)

*European Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European Cup Winners' Cup