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Who has made the most Champions League appearances: Ronaldo out in front

We salute the all-time leading UEFA Champions League appearance-makers – in total, for one club, and by round.

Cristiano Ronaldo in action during his record-setting 178th appearance
Cristiano Ronaldo in action during his record-setting 178th appearance Getty Images

Most appearances

179 Cristiano Ronaldo, POR
177 Iker Casillas, ESP
152 Lionel Messi, ARG
151 Xavi Hernández, ESP
142 Raúl González, ESP
141 Ryan Giggs, WAL
133 Karim Benzema, FRA
130 Andrés Iniesta, ESP
129 Sergio Ramos, ESP
127 Thomas Müller, GER
125 Clarence Seedorf, NED
124 Paul Scholes, ENG
124 Gianluigi Buffon, ITA

In total, 41 players have made 100-plus UEFA Champions League appearances.

100+ Champions League appearances


Most appearances for one club

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

151 Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)
150 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
149 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
141 Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
130 Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
130 Raúl González (Real Madrid)
129 Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
127 Thomas Müller (Bayern)
124 Paul Scholes (Manchester United)
122 Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
118 Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)
115 Carles Puyol (Barcelona)
114 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
113 Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
109 Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)
109 Gary Neville (Manchester United)
109 John Terry (Chelsea)
107 Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid)
106 Víctor Valdés (Barcelona)
105 Philipp Lahm (Bayern)
103 Oliver Kahn (Bayern)
102 Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
101 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
100 Marcelo (Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player to have made 50 or more appearances each for two clubs: Manchester United (55) and Real Madrid (101).

Appearances in finals

Watch all four of Ronaldo's Champions League final goals
Watch all four of Ronaldo's Champions League final goals

6 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid)
6 Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)
5 Patrice Evra (Monaco, Manchester United, Juventus)
5 Clarence Seedorf (Ajax, Real Madrid, AC Milan)
5 Edwin van der Sar (Ajax, Manchester United)

Appearances in semi-finals

21 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid)
17 Xabi Alonso (Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern)
16 Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)
16 Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
15 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
15 Thomas Müller (Bayern)
14 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
14 Dani Alves (Barcelona, Juventus)
14 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
14 John Terry (Chelsea)
14 Edwin van der Sar (Ajax, Manchester United)
14 Víctor Valdés (Barcelona)

Appearances in quarter-finals

23 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
22 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
22 Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
22 Gerard Piqué (Manchester United, Barcelona)
21 Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
21 Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
21 Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)

Appearances in round of 16

All of Messi's round of 16 goals
All of Messi's round of 16 goals

34 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
32 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
27 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Porto)
25 Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
25 Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
24 Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)
23 Dani Alves (Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain)
23 Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
23 Zlatan Ibrahimović (Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain)
23 Arjen Robben (Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern)

Appearances in group stage

96 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
95 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Porto)
80 Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)

In all cases, club listed are only those for whom the player has appeared in the UEFA Champions League.