Champions League group stage number crunching

With the 25th UEFA Champions League group stage draw taking place in Monaco on Thursday, UEFA.com picks out the headline figures from 24 great seasons of action.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a record 11 goals in last season's group stage to overtake Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a record 11 goals in last season's group stage to overtake Lionel Messi ©AFP/Getty Images

Key facts

  • Barcelona, Porto and Real Madrid making 21st group appearances
  • Madrid hold records for most points, goals and qualifications
  • Five teams have won all six games in a group campaign, but only Madrid have done it twice
  • Cristiano Ronaldo overtook Lionel Messi as all-time top group scorer last season, now on 49
  • Iker Casillas moved ahead of Xavi Hernández with most group appearances last season
  • Debutants Leicester and Rostov take number of clubs to have played in the group stage to 135

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

Most group campaigns by club
21: Barcelona*, FC Porto*, Real Madrid*
20: Bayern München*, Manchester United

Most points (2 points for a win in 1992/93, 1993/94 & 1994/95)
260:
Real Madrid
244: Barcelona 244 (250 if 3 points for a win throughout)

Most goals
288:
Real Madrid
264: Barcelona

Most qualifications from group stage
20: Real Madrid

Most consecutive qualifications from group stage
19: Real Madrid (since 1997/98)

Most first-placed group stage finishes
17: Barcelona

Most unbeaten group stage campaigns
10: Barcelona

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

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

Most draws
6: AEK Athens (2002/03)

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

Fewest goals conceded
1: AC Milan (1992/93), Ajax (1995/96), Juventus (1996/97 & 2004/05), Valencia (2005/06), Liverpool (2005/06), Chelsea (2005/06), Manchester United (2010/11), Monaco (2014/15), Paris Saint-Germain (2015/16)

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

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)
6: FC Zenit (2013/14)

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

League stats:
Most group stage club campaigns

79: Spain*
75: England*
67: Italy*

Most different national representatives
13: Spain
11: Germany
10: England*, France

Nations never represented
22:
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

Iker Casillas, back for an 18th group campaign
Iker Casillas, back for an 18th group campaign©AFP/Getty Images

Player stats:
Most appearances
81:
Iker Casillas
80: Xavi Hernández
77: Raúl González

Most goals
49: Cristiano Ronaldo
47: Lionel Messi
39: Ruud van Nistelrooy

Most goals in a single season
11: Cristiano Ronaldo (2015/16)

*includes 2016/17
**finished second but not one of the two best runners-up that qualified

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