Champions League group stage number crunching

The UEFA Champions League group stage draw takes place in Monaco on Thursday and UEFA.com crunches the numbers from the 23 past seasons of action.

Lionel Messi is the all-time leading group-stage top scorer
Lionel Messi is the all-time leading group-stage top scorer ©AFP/Getty Images

Key facts

  • Barcelona, Porto, Manchester United, Madrid making 20th group appearances
  • Madrid hold records for most points, goals and consecutive qualifications
  • Five teams have won all six games, but only Madrid have done it twice
  • Lionel Messi has scored a record 44 group stage goals
  • Astana are first Kazakhstani representatives
  • Debutants Astana, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Gent take the number of clubs to have played in the group stage to 133

ALL STATISTICS ARE FOR GROUP GAMES ONLY SINCE 1992/93, NOT INCLUDING SECOND GROUP STAGE (1999/2000–2002/03)

There are few records not held by Real Madrid
There are few records not held by Real Madrid©AFP/Getty Images

Most group appearances by club
Barcelona*, FC Porto*, , Manchester United*, Real Madrid* 20
Bayern München* 19

Most points (2 points for a win in 1992/93, 1993/94 & 1994/95)
Real Madrid 244
Barcelona 230 (236 if 3 points for a win throughout)

Most goals
Real Madrid 269
Barcelona 249

Most qualifications from group stage
Real Madrid 19

Consecutive qualifications from group stage
Real Madrid (since 1997/98) 18

Most first places
Barcelona 16

Most times unbeaten
Barcelona 9

Barcelona: Prolific in the 2011/12 group stage
Barcelona: Prolific in the 2011/12 group stage©Getty Images

Single season:
Most wins
AC Milan (1992/93), Paris Saint-Germain (1994/95), Spartak Moskva (1995/96), Barcelona (2002/03), Real Madrid (2011/12 & 2014/15) 6

Most draws
AEK Athens (2002/03) 6

Most goals scored
Manchester United (1998/99), Barcelona (2011/12), Real Madrid (2013/14) 20

Fewest goals conceded
AC Milan (1992/93), Ajax (1995/96), Juventus (1996/96 & 2004/05), Valencia (2005/06), Liverpool (2005/06), Chelsea (2005/06), Manchester United (2010/11), Monaco (2014/15) 1

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

Six points were all Zenit needed in 2013/14
Six points were all Zenit needed in 2013/14©AFP/Getty Images

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

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

League stats:
Most total appearances

Spain* 75
England* 71
Italy* 65

Most different national representatives
Spain 13
Germany* 11
France 10

Nations never represented
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Estonia, Faroe Islands, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, San Marino, Wales

Player stats:
Most appearances
Xavi Hernández 80
Raúl González 77
Iker Casillas 75

Most goals
Lionel Messi 44
Ruud van Nistelrooy 39
Cristiano Ronaldo 38

Single season
Cristiano Ronaldo (2013/14), Luiz Adriano (2014/15) 9

*Includes 2015/16
**Finished second but not one of the two best runners-up that qualified
***Could qualify in 2015/16

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