UEFA.com works better on other browsers
As of 25 January, UEFA.com will no longer support Internet Explorer.
For the best possible experience, we recommend using Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Aaron Ramsey to join Juventus: how does he compare to Giggs and Bale?

Aaron Ramsey will join Juventus this summer – where does he rank among Wales's European greats?

Aaron Ramsey is leaving Arsenal after more than a decade in north London
Aaron Ramsey is leaving Arsenal after more than a decade in north London ©Getty Images

Most appearances by a Welsh player in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

151: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
61: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid)
 50: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
 26: Ian Rush (Liverpool, Newcastle)
 20: Adam Matthews (Celtic)
20: Aeron Edwards (The New Saints)
 19: Craig Bellamy (Newcastle, Liverpool)
 19: John Hartson (Celtic)
 19: Joe Ledley (Celtic)
 19: Gary Speed (Leeds, Newcastle)
18: Simon Spender (The New Saints)
16: Greg Draper (The New Saints)
 15: Matty Williams (Rhyl, The New Saints)

Top-scoring Welsh players in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

Watch THAT Bale overhead kick in the 2018 final
Watch THAT Bale overhead kick in the 2018 final

30: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
20: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid)
 14: Ian Rush (Liverpool, Newcastle)
 11: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
 4: Craig Bellamy (Newcastle, Liverpool)
 4: Cliff Jones (Tottenham Hotspur)
 4: Matty Williams (Rhyl, The New Saints)
 3: John Hartson (Celtic)

Most appearances by Welsh players in UEFA club competition*

159: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
 84: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid)
59: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
 56: Gary Speed (Leeds, Newcastle, Bolton)
 50: John Toshack (Cardiff, Liverpool)
 44: Mark Hughes (Manchester United, Bayern München, Chelsea)
 43: Ian Rush (Liverpool, Juventus, Newcastle)
 41: John Hartson (Arsenal, Celtic)
 40: Craig Bellamy (Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester City)
39: Ben Davies (Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur)
 35: Mike England (Tottenham Hotspur)

Top-scoring Welsh players in UEFA club competition*

Giggs, Bale, Rush: Great goals from Welsh legends
Giggs, Bale, Rush: Great goals from Welsh legends

30: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
24: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid)
 21: Ian Rush (Liverpool, Juventus, Newcastle)
 20: John Toshack (Cardiff, Liverpool)
16: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
 15: Craig Bellamy (Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester City)
 12: Dean Saunders (Liverpool, Aston Villa, Galatasaray, Bradford City)
 11: Mark Hughes (Manchester United, Bayern München, Chelsea)

First Welshman to play in a European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Terry Yorath (Bayern München 2-0 Leeds United, 1975)

First Welshman to win the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League
Joey Jones (Liverpool 3-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach, 1977)

First Welshman to score in a European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid 4-1 Atlético Madrid, aet, 2014)

Welsh European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League winners
Ian Rush (Liverpool 1-1 Roma, aet Liverpool win 4-2 on pens, 1984)
Ryan Giggs (Manchester United 2-1 Bayern München, 1999)
Ryan Giggs (Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea, aet United win 6-5 on pens, 2008)
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid 4-1 Atlético Madrid, aet, 2014)
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético Madrid, aet Real Madrid win 5-3 on pens, 2016)
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus, 2017)
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool, 2018)

Other Welsh European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League runners-up
Ian Rush (Juventus 1-0 Liverpool, 1985)
Ryan Giggs (Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United, 2009)
Ryan Giggs (Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United, 2011)

First Welshman to win the European Cup Winners' Cup
Cliff Jones (Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Atlético Madrid, 1963)

First Welshman to win the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
Mike England (Tottenham Hotspur 3-2agg Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1972)

First Welshman to score in a UEFA final
Mike England (Tottenham Hotspur 2-4agg Feyenoord, 1974 UEFA Cup)

First Welshman to appear in a UEFA final for a non-UK team
Nick Deacy (PSV Eindhoven 3-0agg Bastia, 1978 UEFA Cup)

*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup