Which Italians played in the most UEFA club games?

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Filippo Inzaghi with the trophy after Milan's 2005 success
Filippo Inzaghi with the trophy after Milan's 2005 success ©Getty Images

Most appearances by an Italian in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

140: Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)
125: Gianluigi Buffon (Parma, Juventus)
115: Andrea Pirlo (Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus)
101: Alessandro Nesta (Lazio, AC Milan)
94: Alessandro Costacurta (AC Milan)
92: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)
87: Massimo Ambrosini (AC Milan)
85: Gennaro Gattuso (Rangers, AC Milan)
85: Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan)
83: Thiago Motta (Barcelona, Inter Milan, Paris)

Top-scoring Italians in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

'Super Pippo' Inzaghi with Juventus
'Super Pippo' Inzaghi with Juventus©Popperfoto/Getty Images

50: Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan)
44: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)
25: Marco Simone (AC Milan, Paris, Monaco)
17: Sandro Mazzola (Inter Milan)
17: Francesco Totti (Roma)
15: Simone Inzaghi (Lazio)
13: Alberto Gilardino (AC Milan, Fiorentina)
11: Christian Panucci (AC Milan, Real Madrid, Roma)
10: Mario Balotelli (Inter Milan, Man. City, AC Milan, Liverpool)
10: Enrico Chiesa (Parma, Fiorentina)
10: Vincenzo Iaquinta (Udinese, Juventus)
10: Paolo Rossi (Juventus)
10: Christian Vieri (Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan)

AC Milan defensive powerhouse Paolo Maldini
AC Milan defensive powerhouse Paolo Maldini©Getty Images

Most appearances by an Italian in UEFA club competition*

174: Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)
160: Gianluigi Buffon (Parma, Juventus)
139: Andrea Pirlo (Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus)
130: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)
125: Alessandro Nesta (Lazio, AC Milan)
121: Alessandro Costacurta (AC Milan)
117: Giuseppe Bergomi (Inter Milan)
116: Massimo Ambrosini (AC Milan, Vicenza, Fiorentina)
115: Filippo Inzaghi (Parma, Juventus, AC Milan)
113: Fabio Cannavaro (Napoli, Parma, Inter Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid)

Top-scoring Italians in UEFA club competition*

Alessandro Del Piero in 2008
Alessandro Del Piero in 2008©Getty Images

70: Filippo Inzaghi (Parma, Juventus, AC Milan)
54: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)
38: Alessandro Altobelli (Inter Milan, Juventus)
38: Francesco Totti (Roma)
34: Gianluca Vialli (Sampdoria, Juventus, Chelsea)
33: Marco Simone (AC Milan, Paris, Monaco)
32: Roberto Baggio (Fiorentina, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Brescia)
27: Christian Vieri (Torino, Juventus, Atlético Madrid, Lazio, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Monaco, Fiorentina)
25: Enrico Chiesa (Sampdoria, Parma, Fiorentina, Lazio)
25: Giuseppe Rossi (Man. United, Parma, Villarreal, Fiorentina, Celta Vigo)

Italian milestones in UEFA club competition

First Italian side to reach a European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Real Madrid 2-0 Fiorentina (1957)

First Italian side to win the European Cup Winners' Cup
Fiorentina 4-1agg Rangers (1961)

Altafini wins it for Milan
Altafini wins it for Milan

First Italian side to win the European Cup/UEFA Champions League
AC Milan 2-1 Benfica (1963)

First Italian side to win the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
Juventus 2-2agg Athletic Club (1977, Juventus win on away goals)

Italians who have won the European Cup/UEFA Champions League the most times
5:
Alessandro Costacurta (1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007, all AC Milan)
5: Paolo Maldini (1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007, all AC Milan)

Marco Ballotta
Marco Ballotta©Getty Images

Notable Italian record-holders
Oldest player to appear in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League
43 years and 253 days: Marco Ballotta (Real Madrid v Lazio, 11/12/2007)

Oldest player to score in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League
38 years and 59 days: Francesco Totti (CSKA Moskva v Roma, 25/11/2014)

Fastest goal in a European Cup/UEFA Champions League final
52 seconds: Paolo Maldini (Milan v Liverpool, 2005)

UEFA Records

Most appearances in UEFA club competition
174: Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)

Most appearances in the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
96: Giuseppe Bergomi (Inter Milan)

*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.

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