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Highest-scoring clubs in UEFA competition history

As Atlético, Dortmund and Feyenoord approach milestones, we discover the identity of the all-time top scorers and the team with the best goals-per-game ratio.

Highest-scoring clubs in UEFA competition history
Highest-scoring clubs in UEFA competition history ©AFP/Getty Images

Atlético, Dortmund and Feyenoord could all reach goalscoring milestones on matchday three and that got us thinking – who are the most prolific sides in UEFA club competition history? And which teams have got their goals at the quickest rate? Answers below.

Most goals in UEFA club competition

It is perhaps no surprise that Real Madrid top the list – they have participated in UEFA competition in a record 61 seasons out of a possible 63 and their haul of 21 trophies is similarly unprecedented.

Some way behind, Barcelona and Bayern are the nearest challengers followed by Juventus and Benfica. But who would have guessed that Anderlecht have scored more than AC Milan, Ajax, Manchester United and Liverpool – winners of 19 European Cups between them?

Pos.ClubGoalsPldGoals per game
1Real Madrid 1104 520 2.12
2Barcelona 926 468 1.98
3Bayern 870 439 1.98
4Juventus 711 412 1.73
5Benfica 655 405 1.62
6Anderlecht 628 392 1.60
7AC Milan 619 375 1.65
8Ajax 614 377 1.63
9Man. United 607 344 1.76
10Liverpool 590 347 1.70
Selected others
12Porto 543 359 1.51
14Celtic 527 336 1.57
17Atlético Madrid 497 297 1.67
19Sporting CP 450 291 1.55
26Tottenham 404 205 1.97
28Dortmund 399 235 1.70
29Feyenoord 398 251 1.59
34Chelsea 378 213 1.77
37Paris 360 210 1.71
177Qarabağ 87 86 1.01

Best goals-per-game ratio*

Cheer up! Günter Netzer with the 1970 German title
Cheer up! Günter Netzer with the 1970 German title©AFP

Real Madrid and Barcelona are up there once again – but German clubs have proved the most prolific down the years, making up three of the top four.

Mönchengladbach lead the way, a legacy of the attack-minded side of the 1970s that won five Bundesliga titles and two UEFA Cups, earning the nickname 'Foals'. They once pasted Dortmund 12-0, which remains the biggest ever Bundesliga victory.

Pos.ClubGoals per gamePldGoals
1Mönchengladbach 2.16 165 357
2Real Madrid 2.12 520 1104
3Eintracht Frankfurt 2.03 106 215
4Bayern 1.98 439 870
5Barcelona 1.98 468 926

The small print
Statistics include the following competitions: UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup, European/South American Cup. Qualifying isn't included.

*Only the 119 clubs that have played 100 games or more are considered.

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