South America's top UEFA Champions League performers

Lionel Messi is South America's top scorer with 115 goals, but who else makes the list?

Sergio Agüero, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Arturo Vidal
Sergio Agüero, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Arturo Vidal ©Getty Images

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

143: Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona)128: Roberto Carlos (BRA – Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe)
114: Dani Alves (BRA – Sevilla, Barcelona, Paris)
105: Javier Zanetti (ARG – Inter Milan)
98: Javier Mascherano (ARG – Liverpool, Barcelona)
97: Marcelo (BRA – Real Madrid)
97: Maxwell (BRA – Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Paris)
88: Kaká (BRA – Real Madrid, AC Milan)
85: Angel Di María (ARG – Benfica, Real Madrid, Paris)
85: Fernandinho (BRA – Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City)
85: Lúcio (BRA – Leverkusen, Bayern München, Inter Milan, Juventus)

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

Watch all of Lionel Messi's Champions League goals
Watch all of Lionel Messi's Champions League goals

115: Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona)
49: Alfredo Di Stéfano (ARG – Real Madrid)
45: Sergio Agüero (ARG – Atlético Madrid, Man. City)
35: Edinson Cavani (URU – Napoli, Paris)
35: Neymar (BRA – Barcelona, Paris)
31:
Rivaldo (BRA – Barcelona, AC Milan, Olympiacos, AEK Athens)
30: Kaká (BRA – Real Madrid, AC Milan)
28: Hernán Crespo (ARG – Parma, Inter Milan, Chelsea, AC Milan)
28: Jardel (BRA – Porto, Galatasaray)
27: Giovane Elber (BRA – Bayern München, Lyon)

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

Javier Zanetti with the trophy in 2010
Javier Zanetti with the trophy in 2010©Getty Images

160: Javier Zanetti (ARG – Inter Milan)
155: Daniel Alves (BRA – Sevilla, Barcelona, Paris)
147: Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona)
144: Roberto Carlos (BRA – Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe)
132: Fernandinho (BRA – Shakhtar Donetsk, Man. City)
127: Luisão (BRA – Benfica)
114: Gonzalo Higuaín (ARG – Real Madrid, Napoli, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea)
113: Willian (BRA – Shakhtar Donetsk, Chelsea)
112:
Claudio Pizarro (PER – Werder Bremen, Bayern München, Chelsea)
111: Diego Godín (URU – Villarreal, Atlético, Inter Milan)

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

Sergio Agüero celebrates an Atlético goal
Sergio Agüero celebrates an Atlético goal©Getty Images

118: Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona)
61: Sergio Agüero (ARG – Atlético Madrid, Manchester City)
50: Alfredi Di Stéfano (ARG – Real Madrid)
49: Edinson Cavani (URU – Palermo, Napoli, Paris)
48: Radamel Falcao (COL – Porto, Atlético Madrid, Monaco, Galatasaray)
48: Claudio Pizarro (PER – Werder Bremen, Bayern München, Chelsea)
47: Luis Suárez (URU – Ajax, Liverpool, Barcelona)
40: Sonny Anderson (BRA – Servette, Monaco, Barcelona, Lyon, Villarreal)
39: Hernán Crespo (ARG – Parma, Inter Milan, Chelsea, AC Milan, Genoa)
39: Rivaldo (BRA – Barcelona, AC Milan, Olympiacos)

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

Erwin Sánchez with Boavista
Erwin Sánchez with Boavista©Getty Images

Argentina
ECCC/UCL appearances: 143 – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
ECCC/UCL goals: 115 – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
UEFA club appearances: 160 – Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan)
UEFA club goals: 118 – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
 
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)
 
Brazil
ECCC/UCL appearances: 128 – Roberto Carlos (Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe)
ECCC/UCL goals: 35 – Neymar (BRA – Barcelona, Paris)
UEFA club appearances: 155 – Daniel Alves (Sevilla, Barcelona, Paris)
UEFA club goals: 40 – Sonny Anderson (Servette, AS Monaco, Barcelona, Lyon, Villarreal)
 
Chile

Chile's Arturo Vidal during his time at Barcelona
Chile's Arturo Vidal during his time at Barcelona©AFP

ECCC/UCL appearances: 72 – Arturo Vidal (Juventus, Bayern, Barcelona)
ECCC/UCL goals: 14 – Arturo Vidal (Juventus, Bayern)
UEFA club appearances: 96 – Arturo Vidal (Leverkusen, Juventus, Bayern, Barcelona)
UEFA club goals: 21 – Iván Zamorano (Real Madrid, Inter Milan)
 
Colombia
ECCC/UCL appearances: 68 – Iván Córdoba (Inter Milan)
ECCC/UCL goals: 14 = Radamel Falcao (Porto, Monaco), Jackson Martínez (Porto, Atlético Madrid)
UEFA club appearances: 92 – Iván Córdoba (Inter Milan)
UEFA club goals: 48 – Radamel Falcao (Porto, Atlético Madrid, Monaco)
 
Ecuador
ECCC/UCL appearances: 45 – Antonio Valencia (Villarreal, Manchester United)
ECCC/UCL goals: 6 – Antonio Valencia (Villarreal, Manchester United)
UEFA club appearances: 62 – Christian Noboa (Rubin, Dinamo Moskva, Rostov, Zenit)
UEFA club goals: 12 – Felipe Caicedo (Basel, Man. City, Sporting CP, Lokomotiv Moskva, Lazio)

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

Paraguay
ECCC/UCL appearances: 61 – Roque Santa Cruz (Bayern München, 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)
 
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)
 
Uruguay
ECCC/UCL appearances: 66 – Luis Suárez (Ajax, Liverpool, Barcelona)
ECCC/UCL goals: 35 – Edinson Cavani (Napoli, Paris)
UEFA club appearances: 111 – Diego Godín (Villarreal, Atlético, Inter Milan)
UEFA club goals: 49 – Edinson Cavani (Palermo, Napoli, Paris)
 
Venezuela
ECCC/UCL appearances: 12 – José Rondón (Zenit)
ECCC/UCL goals: 4 – José Rondón (Zenit)
UEFA club appearances: 38 – José Rondón (Rubin Kazan, Zenit)
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, 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