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When it comes to Europe's top club competition, Real Madrid are some way out in front: as well as having won the most trophies, they have played, won, drawn and lost more games than any other side, as well as scoring and conceding more goals.
They have played in 50 editions of the European Cup and UEFA Champions League in total – 11 more than their closest rivals Benfica – and their total of 437 games in the elite competition is fully 90 more than the second-ranked team, Bayern München.
Clubs ranked on theoretical points total (2 pts win, 1 pt draw, results after extra time count, all matches that went to penalties count as draw; + and - indicate movements since December 2018.
Top 30 clubs (1955-2019)
|1. Real Madrid (ESP)||50||13||437||262||76||99||971||466||600|
|2. Bayern (GER)||36||5||347||201||72||74||705||347||474|
|3. Barcelona (ESP)||30||5||316||187||72||57||629||302||446|
|4. Manchester United (ENG)||28||3||279||154||66||59||506||264||374|
|5. Juventus (ITA)||34||2||277||140||69||68||439||268||349|
|6. AC Milan (ITA)||28||7||249||125||64||60||416||231||314|
|7. Liverpool (ENG) +2||24||6||215||121||47||47||406||192||289|
|8. Benfica (POR) -1||39||2||239||114||59||85||416||299||287|
|9. Porto (POR) -1||34||2||245||110||57||78||364||276||277|
|10. Ajax (NED)||36||4||227||102||62||84||356||251||266|
|11. Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) +1||36||0||233||97||52||84||333||283||246|
|12. Arsenal (ENG) -1||21||0||201||101||43||57||332||218||245|
|13. Celtic (SCO)||34||1||212||100||36||76||324||250||236|
|14. Internazionale (ITA)||21||3||178||86||47||45||255||177||219|
|15. Chelsea (ENG)||16||1||166||83||48||35||285||151||214|
|16. Anderlecht (BEL)||34||0||200||70||44||86||282||320||184|
|17. Atlético (ESP) +2||15||0||133||68||34||31||200||118||170|
|18. PSV (NED) -1||28||1||177||64||41||72||231||224||169|
|19. Dortmund (GER) +1||18||1||144||69||28||47||245||180||166|
|20. Rangers (SCO) -2||30||0||161||62||40||59||232||118||164|
|21. Lyon (FRA)||18||0||144||63||37||44||227||172||163|
|22. Crvena zvezda (SRB) +1||25||1||140||65||30||45||253||193||160|
|23. Galatasaray (TUR) -1||26||0||175||57||43||75||213||272||157|
|24. Olympiacos (GRE) +2||32||0||172||62||32||72||212||265||156|
|25. Valencia (ESP) +2||13||0||126||57||35||64||187||122||149|
|26. Rosenborg (NOR) +2||25||0||152||58||31||63||224||232||147|
|27. FCSB (ROU) -3||26||1||145||52||41||52||203||204||145|
|28. Panathinaikos (GRE) -3||28||0||157||49||45||63||182||214||143|
|29. Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) +1||13||0||110||60||22||28||222||126||142|
|30. GNK Dinamo (CRO) new entry||21||0||134||55||27||52||200||189||137|
In the course of all those matches, Madrid have averaged 2.22 goals per game – only Bayern and Paris are also over 2.00 in the top 30.
However, their impressive average of 1.07 goals conceded per game is not a record: of the top ten sides, Barcelona (0.96), Juventus (0.97) and Manchester United (0.95) have all conceded at a lower rate, while Liverpool (0.89) have the best defensive record of all of the highest fliers.
Eleventh-ranked Dynamo Kyiv are the highest-ranked side never to have laid hands on the European Cup, or even reach the final.
Madrid have averaged a trophy for every just over 33 games they have played – a better record than any side in the top 30, but not as good as those of 1982 winners Aston Villa (one trophy in 15 games) or Nottingham Forest (two trophies in 20 games – one every ten European Cup matches). Since teams must now play at least 13 games to win a the UEFA Champions League trophy, Forest's record is effectively unbeatable – provided they never qualify for Europe again and snarl up their average.
Last 16 standing
The top three in our list are all in this season's UEFA Champions League round of 16, but only two others in the top ten. In total, 11 of our list remain standing with Manchester City (44), Tottenham Hotspur (63), Napoli (66), RB Leipzig (179) and debutants Atalanta (295) climbing up the rankings thanks to this year's displays.
Pos: position; Part: number of UCL seasons; Pld: played; W: wins; D: draws; L: losses; F: goals for; A: goals against; Pts: theoretical points total