Argentina's most successful European exports

Lionel Messi's position as the most prolific Argentinian goalscorer in UEFA club competition history looks to be safe for a generation or two as things stand.

Most appearances by an Argentinian player in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
105: Javier Zanetti (Internazionale)
102: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
84: Javier Mascherano (Liverpool, Barcelona)
83: Esteban Cambiasso (Real Madrid, Internazionale Milano, Olympiacos)
75: Walter Samuel (Roma, Real Madrid, Internazionale, Basel)
70: Hernán Crespo (Parma, Internazionale, Chelsea, AC Milan)
68: Martín Demichelis (Bayern München, Manchester City)
67: Juan Sebástian Verón (Lazio, Manchester United, Chelsea, Internazionale)
64: Santiago Solari (Real Madrid, Internazionale)
63: Lucho González (Porto, Marseille)
63: Javier Saviola (Barcelona, Monaco, Real Madrid, Benfica, Málaga, Olympiacos)

Top-scoring Argentinian players in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
80: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
49: Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid)
28: Hernán Crespo (Parma, Internazionale, Chelsea, AC Milan)
24: Sergio Agüero (Atlético Madrid, Manchester City)
23: Lisandro (Porto, Lyon)
19: Julio Cruz (Feyenoord, Internazionale)
18: Javier Saviola (Barcelona, Monaco, Real Madrid, Benfica, Málaga, Olympiacos)
18: Lucho González (Porto, Marseille)
14:
Héctor Rial (Real Madrid)
13:
Claudio López (Valencia, Lazio)
13: Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid, Napoli)
13: Carlos Tévez (Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus)

Highlights: Watch moments of Messi magic
Highlights: Watch moments of Messi magic

Most appearances by Argentinian players in UEFA club competitions*
160: Javier Zanetti (Internazionale)
106: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
100: Walter Samuel (Roma, Real Madrid, Internazionale, Basel)
99: Esteban Cambiasso (Real Madrid, Internazionale, Olympiacos)
99: Javier Saviola (Barcelona, Sevilla, Monaco, Real Madrid, Benfica, Málaga, Olympiacos)
96: Javier Mascherano (West Ham, Liverpool, Barcelona)
86: Hernán Crespo (Parma, Internazionale, Chelsea, Milan, Genoa)
83: Gonzalo Rodríguez (Villarreal, Fiorentina)
80: Pablo Aimar (Valencia, Real Zaragoza, Benfica)
80: Juan Sebástian Verón (Sampdoria, Parma, Lazio, Manchester United, Chelsea, Internazionale)

Top-scoring Argentinian players in UEFA club competitions*
83: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
49: Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid)
40: Sergio Agüero (Atlético Madrid, Manchester City)
39: Hernán Crespo (Parma, Internazionale, Chelsea, AC Milan, Genoa)
34: Javier Saviola (Barcelona, Sevilla, Monaco, Real Madrid, Benfica, Málaga, Olympiacos)
25: Lisandro (Porto, Lyon)
23: Claudio López (Valencia, Lazio)
23: Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid, Napoli)
20: Julio Cruz (Feyenoord, Bologna, Internazionale, Lazio)
18: Lucho González (Porto, Marseille)

Madrid crowned first winners
Madrid crowned first winners

First Argentinians to feature in/score in/win a major UEFA final
Alfredo Di Stéfano & Héctor Rial (Real Madrid, 1955/56 European Champion Clubs' Cup final)

First Argentinian to feature in/score in/win a UEFA Cup final
Jorge Valdano (Real Madrid, 1984/85)

First Argentinian to feature in a European Cup Winners' Cup final
Edgardo Madinabeytia (Atlético Madrid, 1961/62)

First Argentinians to win a European Cup Winners' Cup final
Edgardo Madinabeytia, Jorge Griffa (Atlético Madrid, 1961/62)

First Argentinian to score in a European Cup Winners' Cup final
Juan Esnáider (Real Zaragoza, 1994/95)

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

Javier Zanetti in action for Internazionale
Javier Zanetti in action for Internazionale©Getty Images


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