South America's biggest European success stories

With Argentina's Lionel Messi winning the Ballon d'Or for a fourth time, UEFA.com gives credit to the South Americans who have made the biggest UEFA-competition impact.

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Javier Zanetti
Javier Zanetti©Getty Images

Most appearances by a South American** player in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
128:
Roberto Carlos (BRA – Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe)
105: Javier Zanetti (ARG – Internazionale)
102: Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona)
89: Maxwell (BRA – AFC Ajax, Internazionale Milano, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain)
88: Kaká (BRA – Real Madrid, AC Milan)
87: Dani Alves (BRA – Sevilla, Barcelona)
85: Lúcio (BRA – Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern München, Internazionale , Juventus)
84: Javier Mascherano (ARG – Liverpool, Barcelona)
83: Esteban Cambiasso (ARG – Real Madrid, Internazionale Milano, Olympiacos)
78: Rivaldo (BRA – Barcelona, AC Milan, Olympiacos)

Top-scoring South American** players in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
77: Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona)
49: Alfredo Di Stéfano (ARG – Real Madrid)
31: Rivaldo (FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Olympiacos FC, AEK Athens FC, BRA)
30: Kaká (Real Madrid CF, AC Milan, BRA)
28: Hernán Crespo (Parma FC, FC Internazionale Milano, Chelsea FC, AC Milan, ARG)
28: Jardel (FC Porto, Galatasaray AŞ, BRA)
27: Giovane Elber (FC Bayern München, Olympique Lyonnais, BRA)
24: José Altafini (AC Milan, Juventus, BRA)
24: Claudio Pizarro (PER – Werder Bremen, Bayern München, Chelsea)
23: Sergio Agüero (ARG – Atlético Madrid, Manchester City)
23: Lisandro (FC Porto, Olympique Lyonnais, ARG)

Most appearances by South American** players in UEFA club competition*
160: Javier Zanetti (FC Internazionale Milano, ARG)
144: Roberto Carlos (FC Internazionale Milano, Real Madrid CF, Fenerbahçe SK, BRA)
123: Daniel Alves (Sevilla FC, FC Barcelona, BRA)
113: Luisão (SL Benfica, BRA)
111: Claudio Pizarro (PER – Werder Bremen, Bayern München, Chelsea)
102: Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona)
99: Lúcio (Bayer 04 Leverkusen, FC Bayern München, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus, BRA)
99: Javier Saviola (FC Barcelona, Sevilla FC, AS Monaco FC, Real Madrid CF, SL Benfica, Málaga CF, Olympiacos FC, ARG)
98: Rivaldo (FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Olympiacos FC, AEK Athens FC, BRA)
96: Esteban Cambiasso (ARG – Real Madrid, Internazionale Milano, Olympiacos)
96: Zé Roberto (Real Madrid CF, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, FC Bayern München, Hamburger SV, BRA)

Top-scoring South American** players in UEFA club competition*
83: Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona)
50: Alfredi Di Stéfano (ARG – Real Madrid)
48: Claudio Pizarro (PER – Werder Bremen, Bayern München, Chelsea)
40: Sergio Agüero (ARG – Atlético Madrid, Manchester City)
40: Sonny Anderson (BRA – Servette, Monaco, Barcelona, Lyon, Villarreal)
39: Hernán Crespo (ARG – Parma, Internazionale, Chelsea, AC Milan, Genoa)
39: Rivaldo (BRA – Barcelona, AC Milan, Olympiacos)
38: Radamel Falcao (COL – Porto, Atlético Madrid)
37: Ronaldo (BRA – PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Internazionale, Real Madrid, AC Milan, BRA)
36: Jardel (BRA – Porto, Galatasaray, Sporting CP)

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

David Pizarro
David Pizarro©Getty Images
Antonio Valencia
Antonio Valencia©Getty Images

Argentina
ECCC/UCL appearances: 105 – Javier Zanetti (Internazionale)
ECCC/UCL goals: 80 – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
UEFA club appearances: 160 – Javier Zanetti (Internazionale)
UEFA club goals: 83 – 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 (Internazionale, Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe)
ECCC/UCL goals: 31 – Rivaldo (Barcelona, AC Milan, Olympiacos, AEK Athens)
UEFA club appearances: 144 – Roberto Carlos (Internazionale, Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe)
UEFA club goals: 40 – Sonny Anderson (Servette, AS Monaco, Barcelona, Lyon, Villarreal)

Chile
ECCC/UCL appearances: 38 – Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona, Arsenal)
ECCC/UCL goals: 10 – Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona, Arsenal)
UEFA club appearances: 72 – David Pizarro (Udinese, Internazionale, AS Roma, Manchester City, Fiorentina)
UEFA club goals: 21 – Iván Zamorano (Real Madrid, Internazionale)

Colombia
ECCC/UCL appearances: 68 – Iván Córdoba (Internazionale)
ECCC/UCL goals: 14 – Jackson Martínez (Porto, Atlético Madrid)
UEFA club appearances: 92 – Iván Córdoba (Internazionale)
UEFA club goals: 38 – Radamel Falcao (Porto, Atlético Madrid)

Ecuador
ECCC/UCL appearances: 38 – Antonio Valencia (Villarreal, Manchester United)
ECCC/UCL goals: 6 – Antonio Valencia (Villarreal, Manchester United)
UEFA club appearances: 41 – Christian Noboa (Rubin Kazan, Dinamo Moskva)
UEFA club goals: 8 – Felipe Caicedo (Basel, Manchester City, Sporting CP, Lokomotiv Moskva)

Roque Santa Cruz
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Paolo Montero
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Paraguay
ECCC/UCL appearances: 61 – Roque Santa Cruz (Bayern München, Málaga)
ECCC/UCL goals: 12 – Óscar Cardozo (Benfica)
UEFA club appearances: 88 – Óscar Cardozo (Benfica, Trabzonspor)
UEFA club goals: 35 – Óscar Cardozo (Benfica, Trabzonspor)

Peru
ECCC/UCL appearances: 76 – Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen, Bayern München, Chelsea)
ECCC/UCL goals: 24 – Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen, Bayern München, Chelsea)
UEFA club appearances: 111 – Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen, Bayern München, Chelsea)
UEFA club goals: 48 – Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen, Bayern München, Chelsea)

Uruguay
ECCC/UCL appearances: 59 – Paolo Montero (Juventus)
ECCC/UCL goals: 17 – Luis Suárez (Ajax, Liverpool, Barcelona)
UEFA club appearances: 86 – Diego Forlán (Manchester United, Atlético Madrid, Villarreal, Internazionale)
UEFA club goals: 34 – Luis Suárez (Groningen, Ajax, Liverpool, Barcelona)

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

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