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Champions League quarter-final records and statistics

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have racked up the goals and appearances at this knockout stage; we open the quarter-final record book for the lowdown on all the best last-eight feats.

Lionel Messi celebrates a 2018/19 quarter-final goal for Barcelona
Lionel Messi celebrates a 2018/19 quarter-final goal for Barcelona Getty Images

Players

Most quarter-final appearances

UEFA Champions League
23 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
22
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
22 Gerard Piqué (Manchester United, Barcelona)
22
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
21 Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
21
Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
21 Manuel Neuer (Schalke, Bayern)
21 Thomas Müller (Bayern)
21
Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)

UEFA Champions League stats handbook

European Cup
23 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
22
Paco Gento (Real Madrid)
22 Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
22 Gerard Piqué (Manchester United, Barcelona)
22
 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
21 Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
21
Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
21 Manuel Neuer (Schalke, Bayern)
21 Thomas Müller (Bayern)
21
Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)

Famous quarter-final moments
Famous quarter-final moments

All-time quarter-final top scorers

UEFA Champions League
25 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
12 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
10 Raúl González (Real Madrid, Schalke)
9 Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan)
9 Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan)

European Cup
25 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
14 Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid)
12 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
10 Raúl González (Real Madrid, Schalke)
9 Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan)
9 Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan)

Most goals in a quarter-final game

UEFA Champions League
4
Lionel Messi (Barcelona v Arsenal, 06/04/10)
3 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid v Bayern, 18/04/2017)
3 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid v Wolfsburg, 12/04/2016)
3 Ronaldo (Manchester United v Real Madrid, 23/04/2003)
3 Gerard López (Valencia v Lazio, 05/04/2000)
3 Filippo Inzaghi (Dynamo Kyiv v Juventus, 18/03/1998)
3 Karim Benzema (Chelsea v Real Madrid, 06/04/2022)

Lionel Messi after goal No4 against Arsenal in 2010
Lionel Messi after goal No4 against Arsenal in 2010©Getty Images

European Cup
4 Lionel Messi (Barcelona v Arsenal, 06/04/2010)
4 Sándor Kocsis (Barcelona v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 02/03/1960)
4 Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid v Wiener SC, 18/03/1959)
4 Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid v Sevilla, 23/01/1958)

Most goals in a quarter-final tie

UEFA Champions League only
5 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid v Bayern, 2016/17)
4 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid v Chelsea, 2021/22)
4 Lionel Messi (Barcelona v Arsenal, 2009/10)
4 Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus v Dynamo Kyiv, 1997/98)

Clubs

Most quarter-final appearances

UEFA Champions League (including 2021/22)
20 Bayern München
18 Barcelona
18 Real Madrid
14 Manchester United
12 Juventus
11 Chelsea

European Cup (including 2021/22)
37
Real Madrid
32 Bayern München
22 Barcelona
19 Juventus
19 Manchester United
18 Benfica
17 Liverpool

Most successive quarter-final appearances

UEFA Champions League/European Cup
13
Barcelona (2007/08–2019/20)
8 Real Madrid (2010/11–2017/18)
7 Bayern München (2011/12–2017/18)
7
Real Madrid (1997/98–2003/04)
7 Manchester United (1996/97–2002/03)

2017/18 quarter-final drama: Madrid v Juventus
2017/18 quarter-final drama: Madrid v Juventus

Most quarter-final aggregate wins

UEFA Champions League
15 Real Madrid
12 Barcelona
12 Bayern München*
8 Chelsea
7 Juventus
7 Manchester United

European Cup
31 Real Madrid
20 Bayern München*
15 Barcelona
12 Liverpool
12 Manchester United
12 Juventus

Most quarter-final aggregate losses

UEFA Champions League
8 Bayern München
7
Manchester United
6 Barcelona*
6 Porto
5Benfica
4
Arsenal
4 Atlético de Madrid
4 Borussia Dortmund
4 Internazionale Milano
4 Paris Saint-Germain

European Cup
12 Bayern München
9 Benfica
7 Manchester United
7 Porto
6 Barcelona*
6 Real Madrid

*includes one-off 2019/20 tie

Most quarter-final wins (match)

UEFA Champions League
20 Real Madrid
18 Bayern München
16 Barcelona
12 Manchester United
10 Chelsea
10
Liverpool

European Cup
38 Real Madrid
32 Bayern München
22 Barcelona
20 Liverpool
18 Manchester United

Most quarter-final losses (match):
UEFA Champions League

11 Bayern München
11 Real Madrid
9 Barcelona
9
Manchester United
8 Chelsea
7 Borussia Dortmund
7 Internazionale Milano
7 Juventus
7 Porto

European Cup
24
Real Madrid
19 Benfica
17 Bayern München
12 Juventus
11 Manchester United

Most quarter-final goals scored

UEFA Champions League
71 Real Madrid
67
Bayern München
58 Barcelona
44 Manchester United
39 Chelsea

European Cup
146 Real Madrid
109 Bayern München
79 Barcelona
68 Liverpool
68
Manchester United

Most quarter-final goals conceded

UEFA Champions League
50 Bayern München
43Real Madrid
42
Barcelona
34 Chelsea
34
Manchester United

European Cup
90 Real Madrid
76 Bayern München
59 Benfica
47 Manchester United
46 Barcelona

Biggest quarter-final win (match)

2019/20 highlights: Barcelona 2-8 Bayern
2019/20 highlights: Barcelona 2-8 Bayern

UEFA Champions League
8-2 Bayern München vs Barcelona (2019/20)
7-1
Manchester United vs Roma (2006/07)
6-1 Bayern München vs Porto (2014/15)
5-1 Barcelona v Shakhtar (2010/11)
5-1 Barcelona v Chelsea (1999/00)
4-0 Real Madrid v Tottenham (2010/11)
4-0 Bayern München v Kaiserslautern (1998/99)
4-0 Manchester United v Porto (1996/97)

European Cup
8-0 Real Madrid v Sevilla (1957/58)
8-2 Bayern München vs Barcelona (2019/20)
7-1 Manchester United v Roma (2006/07)
7-1 Real Madrid v Wiener SC (1958/59)
6-0 Benfica v Nürnberg (1961/62)

Biggest quarter-final win (aggregate)

UEFA Champions League
8-2 Real Madrid v APOEL (0-3 5-2) 2011/12
6-0 Bayern München v Kaiserslautern (2-0 0-4) 1998/99
6-1 Barcelona v Shakhtar (5-1 0-1) 2010/11
5-0 Real Madrid v Tottenham (4-0 0-1) 2010/11
5-0 AC Milan v Inter (2-0 0-3*) 2004/05

*Second leg awarded as a 3-0 win following crowd disturbance

European Cup
10-2 Real Madrid v Sevilla (8-0, 0-2) 1957/58
9-2 Barcelona v Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-0, 5-2) 1959/60
8-1 AC Milan v Galatasaray (3-1, 5-0) 1962/63
7-0 Dynamo Kyiv v Beşiktaş (5-0 2-0) 1986/87

Most goals in a quarter-final tie

UEFA Champions League
12 Chelsea 7-5 Liverpool (2008/09)
11 Real Madrid 6-5 Manchester United (2002/03)
11 Chelsea 6-5 Bayern München (2004/05)
11 Manchester United 8-3 Roma (2006/07)
11 Bayern München 7-4 Porto (2014/15)

European Cup
14 Stade de Reims 8-6 MTK Hungaria (1955/56)
12 Chelsea 7-5 Liverpool (2008/09)
12 Real Madrid 10-2 Sevilla (1957/58)

Who else holds quarter-final records?

UEFA Champions League quarter-finals

Bojan Krkić in 2008
Bojan Krkić in 2008©Getty Images

Youngest scorer
17 years, 218 days Bojan Krkić (Schalke 0-1 Barcelona) 01/04/2008

Biggest first-leg deficit recovered
1-4 Deportivo La Coruña 4-0 AC Milan (h, 2003/04)
1-4 Roma 3-0 Barcelona (h, 2017/18)

Ties decided in extra time
Ajax 1-1 3-2 Atlético (4-3 agg) 1996/97
Dortmund 0-0 1-0 Bayern (1-0 agg) 1997/98
Barcelona 1-3 5-1 Chelsea (6-4 agg) 1999/2000
Juventus 1-1 2-1 Barcelona (3-2 agg) 2002/03
Real Madrid 2-1 4-2 Bayern München (6-3 agg) 2016/17
Real Madrid 3-1 2-3 Chelsea (5-4 agg) 2021/22

Ties decided by penalty shoot-out
PSV Eindhoven 4-2 Lyon (2-2 agg) 2004/05

European Cup quarter-finals

Best win percentage (ties)

100% Hamburg, Leeds United, Steaua Bucureşti (W3 L0)
100% Nottingham Forest, Zürich (W2 L0)
100% Derby County, Dundee, Dundee United, Győr, Hibernian, Leipzig, Nantes, Real Sociedad, Widzew Łódź, Young Boys (W1 L0)
83.8% Real Madrid (W31 L6)
75% Panathinaikos (W3 L1)
72.7% Chelsea (W8 L3)

Most clubs by country to appear in last eight
19 Germany*
14 England
11 France
10 Spain
7 Italy

Check out ten great quarter-final strikes
Check out ten great quarter-final strikes

Most quarter-final appearances by country (including 2021/22)
85 Spain (Real Madrid 37, Barcelona 22, Atlético Madrid 11, Valencia 4, Deportivo 3, Villarreal 3, Sevilla 2, Athletic Club 1, Málaga 1, Real Sociedad 1)

74 England (Manchester United 19, Liverpool 17, Chelsea 11, Arsenal 7, Manchester City 6, Leeds United 3, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Aston Villa 2, Nottingham Forest 2, Everton 1, Derby County 1, Burnley 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Leicester City 1)

69 Germany* (Bayern München 32, Borussia Dortmund 9, Borussia Mönchengladbach 3, Hamburg 3, Schalke 3, Dynamo Dresden 3, Bayer Leverkusen 2, Dynamo Berlin 2, Köln 2, Carl Zeiss Jena 1, Eintracht Braunschweig 1, Eintracht Frankfurt 1, Kaiserslautern 1, Leipzig 1, Nürnberg 1, Victoria 91 1, Werder Bremen 1, Wismut Aue 1, Wolfsburg 1)

54 Italy (Juventus 19, AC Milan 15, Inter 12, Roma 4, Fiorentina 2, Atalanta 1, Lazio 1)

34 France (Paris Saint-Germain 7, Lyon 5, Monaco 5, Bordeaux 3, Marseille 3, Reims 3, St-Étienne 3, Nice 2, Auxerre 1, Nantes 1, Strasbourg 1)

28 Portugal (Benfica 18, Porto 9, Sporting CP 1)

25 Netherlands (Ajax 13, PSV Eindhoven 7, Feyenoord 3, FC Amsterdam 1, Sparta Rotterdam 1)

16 Scotland (Celtic 7, Rangers 5, Dundee 1, Dundee United 1, Hibernian 1)

14 Belgium (Anderlecht 7, Standard Liège 4, Club Brugge 2, Mechelen 1)

11 Serbia** (Crvena Zvezda 8, Partizan 3, Vojvodina 1)
11 Ukraine*** (Dynamo Kyiv 8, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2, Shakhtar Donetsk 1)

9 Austria (Rapid Wien 4, Austria Wien 2, Wiener SC 2, Wacker Innsbruck 1)
9 Czech Republic**** (Dukla Praha 4, Sparta Praha 3, Baník Ostrava 1, Hradec Králové 1)

8 Hungary (Újpest 3, Vasas 2, Ferencváros 1, Győr 1, MTK Budapest 1)
8 Sweden (IFK Göteborg 4, Åtvidaberg 1, Djurgården 1, IFK Malmö 1, Malmö FF 1)

7 Poland (Legia Warszawa 3, Górnik Zabrze 1, Ruch Chorzów 1, Widzew Łódź 1, Wisła Kraków 1)
7 Turkey (Galatasaray 5, Beşiktaş 1, Fenerbahçe 1)

6 Bulgaria (CSKA Sofia 6)
6 Greece (Panathinaikos 4, AEK Athens 1, Olympiacos 1)
6 Switzerland (Grasshoppers 2, Zürich 2, Basel 1, Young Boys 1)

5 Romania (Steaua Bucureşti 3, Dinamo Bucureşti 1, Universitatea Craiova 1)

4 Russia*** (Spartak Moskva 3, CSKA Moskva 1)

3 Croatia** (Hajduk Split 3)

2 Denmark (Aarhus 1, Brøndby 1)
2 Slovakia**** (Spartak Trnava 2)

1 Armenia*** (Ararat Yerevan 1)
1 Belarus*** (Dinamo Minsk 1)
1 Cyprus (APOEL 1)
1 Finland (Lahti 1)
1 Northern Ireland (Linfield 1)
1 Norway (Rosenborg 1)

Key
*Includes appearances representing former West Germany and East Germany
**Includes appearances representing former Yugoslavia
***Includes appearances representing former Soviet Union
****Includes appearances representing former Czechoslovakia
Note: there was no 'quarter-final' round in 1991/92, 1992/93 and 1993/94