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Champions League group stage records and statistics

Most appearances, goals, fastest, youngest, oldest, most successful, biggest wins and more.

Cristiano Ronaldo is a true Champions League colossus
Cristiano Ronaldo is a true Champions League colossus GettyImages

Key facts

  • Most group stage appearances: Barcelona, Real Madrid
  • Lionel Messi one clear of Cristiano Ronaldo on 74 group goals
  • Ronaldo sets new appearances record of 98, surpassing Iker Casillas
  • Number of clubs to feature in group stage: 141
  • That 141st club, Sheriff, are the first Moldovan side to participate

ALL STATISTICS ARE FOR GROUP GAMES SINCE 1992/93, NOT INCLUDING SECOND GROUP STAGE (1999/2000–2002/03). CLUBS INDICATED FOR PLAYERS ARE ONLY THOSE FOR WHICH THEY HAVE APPEARED/SCORED IN THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE.

Players

Most appearances
98
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
95
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Porto)
80 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Paris)
80 Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)

Most goals
74 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Paris)
73 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
56 Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)
56 Robert Lewandowski (Dortmund, Bayern)

Most goals in a game
5
Luiz Adriano (BATE Borisov 0-7 Shakhtar, 21/10/14)

Most goals in a single group stage
11 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, 2015/16)

Jonas scored within 11 seconds against Leverkusen
Jonas scored within 11 seconds against Leverkusen©Getty Images

Fastest goal
10.96 seconds
Jonas (Valencia 3-1 Leverkusen, 01/11/11)

Fastest own goal
2:09
Iñigo Martínez (Manchester United 1-0 Real Sociedad, 23/10/13)

Fastest hat-trick
8 minutes
Bafétimbi Gomis (Dinamo Zagreb 1-7 Lyon, 07/12/11)

Youngest player
16 years 18 days
Youssoufa Moukoko (Zenit 1-2 Dortmund, 08/12/20)

Youngest scorer
17 years 40 days
Ansu Fati (Inter 1-2 Barcelona, 10/12/19)

Oldest player
43 years 252 days
Marco Ballotta (Real Madrid 3-1 Lazio, 11/12/07)

Oldest scorer
38 years 59 days
Francesco Totti (CSKA Moskva 1-1 Roma, 25/11/14)

Clubs

All of Messi's 2018/19 Champions League goals
All of Messi's 2018/19 Champions League goals

Most group campaigns by club
26 Barcelona*, Real Madrid*
25 Bayern*, Porto*

Most points (2 points for a win in 1992/93, 1993/94 & 1994/95)
330
Real Madrid
323
Barcelona

Most goals
370
Real Madrid
334 Barcelona

Most qualifications from group stage
26 Real Madrid

Most consecutive qualifications from group stage
25 Real Madrid (since 1997/98)

Most first-place group stage finishes
18 Barcelona

Most consecutive first-place group stage finishes
13 Barcelona (2007/08–2019/20)

Paris break group goals record against Celtic
Paris break group goals record against Celtic

Most wins in a single season
6 AC Milan (1992/93), Bayern München (2019/20), Paris Saint-Germain (1994/95), Spartak Moskva (1995/96), Barcelona (2002/03), Real Madrid (2011/12, 2014/15)

Most draws in a single season
6 AEK Athens (2002/03)

Most goals scored in a single season
25
 Paris Saint-Germain (2017/18)

Most goals conceded in a single campaign
24
BATE Borisov (2014/15), Legia Warszawa (2016/17)

Most total goals involving a single team (for and against)
33 Legia Warszawa (2016/17)

Fewest goals conceded in a single season
1 AC Milan (1992/93), Ajax (1995/96), Juventus (1996/97, 2004/05), Villarreal (2005/06), Liverpool (2005/06), Chelsea (2005/06), Manchester United (2010/11), Monaco (2014/15), Paris Saint-Germain (2015/16), Barcelona (2017/18), Manchester City (2020/21)

Fewest goals scored in a single season
0
Deportivo La Coruña (2004/05), Maccabi Haifa (2009/10), Dinamo Zagreb (2016/17)

Biggest group-winning points margin
11 Spartak Moskva (1995/96), Barcelona (2002/03), Real Madrid (2014/15)

Fewest points to qualify (3 points for a win)
6 Zenit (2013/14)

Most points without going through
12 Paris Saint-Germain** (1997/98), Napoli (2013/14)

Matches

Highlights: Dortmund 8-4 Legia
Highlights: Dortmund 8-4 Legia

Most goals in a group game
12 Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warszawa (22/11/16)

Biggest margin of victory
8-0 Liverpool 8-0 Beşiktaş (06/11/07), Real Madrid 8-0 Malmö (08/12/15)

Highest-scoring draw
4-4 Hamburg 4-4 Juventus (13/09/00), Bayer Leverkusen 4-4 Roma (20/10/15), Chelsea 4-4 Ajax (05/11/19)

Other

Highest scoring season
308 2019/20

Highest-scoring group
53 2019/20 Group B

Country records

Most group stage club campaigns
100 Spain*
96 England*
86 Germany*, Italy*

Most different national representatives
13 Germany, Spain
11 France
10
England, Italy

Countries never represented
21
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, North Macedonia, Republic of Ireland, San Marino, Wales

*includes 2021/22
**finished second but not one of the two best runners-up that qualified