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Neymar, Messi, Suárez: Who are South America's top UEFA Champions League performers?

Which South American players have the most appearances and goals in Europe's leading club competition?

South American Champions League stars

Most appearances by South American nationals in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

161: Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona, Paris)
128
: Roberto Carlos (BRA – Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe)
116: Fernandinho (BRA – Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City)
114: Dani Alves (BRA – Sevilla, Barcelona, Paris)
105: Javier Zanetti (ARG – Inter)
103: Angel Di María (ARG – Benfica, Real Madrid, Paris, Juventus)
102: Marcelo (BRA – Real Madrid)
102: Thiago Silva (BRA – Milan, Paris, Chelsea)
98: Javier Mascherano (ARG – Liverpool, Barcelona)
97: Maxwell (BRA – Ajax, Inter, Barcelona, Paris)

Top-scoring South American** nationals in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

129: Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona, Paris)
49: Alfredo Di Stéfano (ARG – Real Madrid)
47: Sergio Agüero (ARG – Atlético Madrid, Manchester City)
43: Neymar (BRA – Barcelona, Paris)
35
: Edinson Cavani (URU – Napoli, Paris, Manchester United)
31: Rivaldo (BRA – Barcelona, Milan, Olympiacos, AEK Athens)
31: Luis Suárez (URU – Ajax, Liverpool, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid)
30: Kaká (BRA – Real Madrid, Milan)
28: Hernán Crespo (ARG – Parma, Inter, Chelsea, Milan)
28: Jardel (BRA – Porto, Galatasaray)

Most appearances by South American** nationals in UEFA club competition*

Javier Zanetti with the UEFA Champions League trophy in 2010
Javier Zanetti with the UEFA Champions League trophy in 2010©Getty Images

165: Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona, Paris)
160: Javier Zanetti (ARG – Inter)
155: Dani Alves (BRA – Sevilla, Barcelona, Paris)
147: Fernandinho (BRA – Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City)
144: Roberto Carlos (BRA – Inter, Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe)
127: Luisão (BRA – Benfica)
126: Angel Di María (ARG – Benfica, Real Madrid, Paris, Juventus)122: Willian (BRA – Shakhtar Donetsk, Chelsea, Arsenal)
114
: Gonzalo Higuaín (ARG – Real Madrid, Napoli, Juventus, Milan, Chelsea)

Top-scoring South American** nationals in UEFA club competition*

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132: Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona, Paris)
63: Sergio Agüero (ARG – Atlético Madrid, Manchester City)
55: Edinson Cavani (URU – Palermo, Napoli, Paris, Manchester United)
50: Alfredo Di Stéfano (ARG – Real Madrid)
48: Radamel Falcao (COL – Porto, Atlético Madrid, Monaco, Galatasaray)
48: Claudio Pizarro (PER – Werder Bremen, Bayern, Chelsea)
48: Luis Suárez (URU – Ajax, Liverpool, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid)
43: Neymar (BRA – Barcelona, Paris)
43: Vágner Love (CSKA Moskva, Beşiktaş, Kairat Almaty)
40: Sonny Anderson (BRA – Servette, Monaco, Barcelona, Lyon, Villarreal)

Nation-by-nation: South American nations' UEFA record holders

Bolivia's Erwin Sánchez in action for Boavista
Bolivia's Erwin Sánchez in action for Boavista©Getty Images

Argentina
ECCC/UCL appearances
: 161 – Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Paris)
ECCC/UCL goals: 129 – Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Paris)
UEFA club appearances: 165 – Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Paris)
UEFA club goals: 132 – Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Paris)

Bolivia
ECCC/UCL appearances: 13 – Erwin Sánchez (Boavista)
ECCC/UCL goals: 3 – Erwin Sánchez (Boavista)
UEFA club appearances: 36 – Erwin Sánchez (Benfica, Boavista)
UEFA club goals: 6 – Erwin Sánchez (Benfica, Boavista)

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Brazil
ECCC/UCL appearances
: 128 – Roberto Carlos (Inter, Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe)
ECCC/UCL goals: 43 – Neymar (Barcelona, Paris)
UEFA club appearances: 155 – Dani Alves (Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris)
UEFA club goals: 43= Neymar (Barcelona, Paris), Vágner Love (CSKA Moskva, Beşiktaş, Kairat Almaty) 

Chile
ECCC/UCL appearances
: 83 – Arturo Vidal (Juventus, Bayern, Barcelona, Inter)
ECCC/UCL goals: 16 – Alexis Sánchez (Udinese, Barcelona, Arsenal, Inter, Marseille)
UEFA club appearances: 107 – Arturo Vidal (Leverkusen, Juventus, Bayern, Barcelona, Inter)
UEFA club goals: 21 – Iván Zamorano (Real Madrid, Inter)

Colombia

Radamel Falcao celebrates winning the 2012 UEFA Europa League final
Radamel Falcao celebrates winning the 2012 UEFA Europa League finalGetty Images

ECCC/UCL appearances: 68 – Iván Córdoba (Inter)
ECCC/UCL goals: 14 = Radamel Falcao (Porto, Monaco), Jackson Martínez (Porto, Atlético Madrid)
UEFA club appearances: 92 – Iván Córdoba (Inter)
UEFA club goals: 48 – Radamel Falcao (Porto, Atlético Madrid, Monaco)

Ecuador
ECCC/UCL appearances: 45 – Antonio Valencia (Villarreal, Manchester United)
ECCC/UCL goals: 6 = Christian Noboa (Rubin, Dinamo Moskva, Rostov, Zenit), Antonio Valencia (Villarreal, Manchester United)
UEFA club appearances: 65 – Christian Noboa (Rubin, Dinamo Moskva, Rostov, Zenit, Sochi)
UEFA club goals: 13= Felipe Caicedo (Basel, Manchester City, Sporting CP, Lokomotiv Moskva, Lazio), Christian Noboa (Rubin, Dinamo Moskva, Rostov, Zenit, Sochi)

Peru's Claudio Pizarro
Peru's Claudio Pizarro©Getty Images

Paraguay
ECCC/UCL appearances: 61 – Roque Santa Cruz (Bayern, Málaga)
ECCC/UCL goals: 12 – Óscar Cardozo (Benfica)
UEFA club appearances: 93 – Óscar Cardozo (Benfica, Trabzonspor, Olympiacos)
UEFA club goals: 35 – Óscar Cardozo (Benfica, Trabzonspor, Olympiacos)

Peru
ECCC/UCL appearances: 77 – Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen, Bayern München, Chelsea)
ECCC/UCL goals: 24 – Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen, Bayern München, Chelsea)
UEFA club appearances: 112 – Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen, Bayern München, Chelsea)
UEFA club goals: 48 – Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen, Bayern München, Chelsea)

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Uruguay
ECCC/UCL appearances: 79 – Luis Suárez (Ajax, Liverpool, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid)
ECCC/UCL goals: 35 – Edinson Cavani (Napoli, Paris, Manchester United)
UEFA club appearances: 111= Diego Godín (Villarreal, Atlético, Inter), Luis Suárez (Ajax, Liverpool, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid)
UEFA club goals: 55 – Edinson Cavani (Palermo, Napoli, Paris, Manchester United)

Venezuela
ECCC/UCL appearances: 12 – José Rondón (Zenit)
ECCC/UCL goals: 4 – José Rondón (Zenit)
UEFA club appearances: 45 – Roberto Rosales (Gent, Twente, AEK Larnaca)
UEFA club goals: 18 – José Rondón (Rubin Kazan, Zenit)

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

**South American means registered with the ten CONMEBOL member nations; thus Surinamese and Guyanan players are not counted