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Champions League group stage number crunching

With the UEFA Champions League group stage draw taking place in Monaco on Thursday, UEFA.com picks out the headline figures from 25 great seasons of action.

Lionel Messi scored his 50th group goal with his third against Celtic last season
Lionel Messi scored his 50th group goal with his third against Celtic last season ©Getty Images

Key facts

  • Barcelona, Porto and Real Madrid making 22nd group appearances of a possible 26
  • Madrid hold records for most points, goals and qualifications
  • Five teams have won all six games in a group campaign, but only Madrid have done it twice
  • Lionel Messi became the first player to 50 career group goals last season and overtook Cristiano Ronaldo as all-time top scorer at this stage
  • Iker Casillas is set for his 19th group campaign
  • Debutants RB Leipzig and Qarabağ take number of clubs to have played in the group stage to 137
  • Qarabağ are first Azerbaijani group stage participants, meaning 33 of UEFA's 55 associations have been represented


Last season: Dortmund 8-4 Legia

Most group campaigns by club
22: Barcelona*, FC Porto*, Real Madrid*
21: Bayern München*, Manchester United*

Most points (2 points for a win in 1992/93, 1993/94 & 1994/95)
Real Madrid
259: Barcelona (265 if 3 points for a win throughout)

Most goals
Real Madrid
284: Barcelona

Most qualifications from group stage
21: Real Madrid

Most consecutive qualifications from group stage
20: Real Madrid (since 1997/98)

Most first-place group stage finishes
18: Barcelona

Most unbeaten group stage campaigns
10: Barcelona

Single season records:
Most wins
6: AC Milan (1992/93), Paris Saint-Germain (1994/95), Spartak Moskva (1995/96), Barcelona (2002/03), Real Madrid (2011/12 & 2014/15)

Most draws
6: AEK Athens (2002/03)

How Dortmund broke the goals record

Most goals scored
Borussia Dortmund (2016/17)

Most total goals for and against involving single team
33: Legia Warszawa (2016/17)

Fewest goals conceded
1: AC Milan (1992/93), Ajax (1995/96), Juventus (1996/97 & 2004/05), Valencia (2005/06), Liverpool (2005/06), Chelsea (2005/06), Manchester United (2010/11), Monaco (2014/15), Paris Saint-Germain (2015/16)

Most goals in a single group game
12: Borussia Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warszawa (2016/17)

Biggest margin of victory
8-0: Liverpool 8-0 Beşiktaş (2007/08), Real Madrid 8-0 Malmö (2015/16)

Highest-scoring draw
4-4: Hamburg 4-4 Juventus (2000/01)

Biggest group-winning points margin
11: Spartak Moskva (1995/96), Barcelona (2002/03), Real Madrid (2014/15)

Fewest points to qualify (3 points for a win)
6: FC Zenit (2013/14)

Most points without going through
12: Paris Saint-Germain** (1997/98), Napoli (2013/14)

League stats:
Most group stage club campaigns

83: Spain*
80: England*
70: Germany*, Italy*

Most different national representatives
13: Spain
12: Germany*
10: England, France

Nations never represented
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Estonia, Faroe Islands, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, San Marino, Wales

Last season's group stage in numbers

Player stats:
Most appearances
Iker Casillas
80: Xavi Hernández
77: Raúl González

Most goals
57: Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo
39: Ruud van Nistelrooy

Most goals in a single season
11: Cristiano Ronaldo (2015/16)

*includes 2017/18
**finished second but not one of the two best runners-up that qualified