Who are the best teams in the history of Europe's top club competition? Who has won the most games and scored the most goals in the European Cup and UEFA Champions League? Find out here.
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When it comes to Europe's top club competition, Real Madrid are some way out in front: as well as having won the most trophies, they have played, won, drawn and lost more games than any other side, as well as scoring and conceding more goals.
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They have played in 48 editions of the European Cup and UEFA Champions League in total – 11 more than their closest rivals Benfica – and their total of 416 games in the elite competition is fully 89 more than the second-ranked team, Bayern, who have played 327.
Top 30 clubs (1955-2017)
|1. Real Madrid (ESP)||48||12||416||249||73||94||926||449|
|2. Bayern (GER)||34||5||327||188||67||72||652||328|
|3. Barcelona (ESP)||28||5||294||173||66||55||586||283|
|4. Man Utd (ENG)||27||3||267||150||64||53||495||251|
|5. Juventus (ITA)||32||2||257||128||66||63||406||248|
|6. AC Milan (ITA)||28||7||249||125||64||60||416||231|
|7. Benfica (POR)||37||2||242||108||55||79||393||274|
|8. Porto (POR)||32||2||231||103||55||73||341||253|
|9. Liverpool (ENG)||22||5||189||105||44||40||351||162|
|10. Arsenal (ENG)||21||0||201||101||43||57||332||218|
|11. Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)||34||0||227||96||49||82||326||275|
|12. Ajax (NED)||34||4||199||87||53||59||302||224|
|13. Celtic (SCO)||32||1||200||93||33||74||297||239|
|14. Inter Milan (ITA)||19||3||166||82||44||40||239||161|
|15. Chelsea (ENG)||15||1||158||80||45||33||273||138|
|16. Anderlecht (BEL)||34||0||200||70||44||86||282||320|
|17. Rangers (SCO)||30||0||161||62||40||59||232||218|
|18. PSV (NED)||26||1||167||61||39||67||215||205|
|19. Atlético (ESP)||13||0||119||60||32||27||181||104|
|20. Galatasaray (TUR)||24||0||163||56||40||67||207||250|
|21. Dortmund (GER)||16||1||130||62||26||42||227||166|
|22. Lyon (FRA)||16||0||130||60||29||41||205||148|
|23. FCSB (ROU)||26||1||145||52||41||52||203||204|
|24. Panathinaikos (GRE)||28||0||157||49||45||63||182||214|
|25. Olympiacos (GRE)||31||0||160||56||30||74||191||250|
|26. Sparta Praha (CZE)||27||0||142||53||30||59||186||196|
|27. Valencia (ESP)||11||0||114||52||31||31||172||109|
|28. Crvena zvezda (SRB)||23||1||112||57||20||35||223||144|
|29. Rosenborg (NOR)||23||0||140||52||29||59||204||220|
|30. Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)||11||0||94||51||19||24||183||107|
In the course of all those matches, Madrid have averaged 2.23 goals per game – none of the other sides in the top 30 have averaged more than two. However, their impressive average of 1.08 goals conceded per game is not a record: of the top ten sides, Barcelona (0.96), Juventus (0.96) and Man. United (0.94) have all conceded at a lower rate, while Liverpool (0.86) have the best defensive record of all of the highest fliers.
Tenth-ranked Arsenal, meanwhile, hold the unusual distinction of being the highest-ranked side never to have laid hands on the European Cup, while Dynamo Kyiv (11th) are the highest-positioned side never to have played in a European Cup or UEFA Champions League final.
Madrid have averaged a trophy for every 34.67 games they play – a better record than any side in the top 30, but not as good as those of 1982 winners Aston Villa (one trophy in 15 games) or Nottingham Forest (two trophies in 20 games – one every ten European Cup matches). Since teams must now play at least 13 games to win a the UEFA Champions League trophy, Forest's record is effectively unbeatable – provided they never qualify for Europe again and snarl up their average.
By the end of the season we could see:
• Madrid's 250th win in Europe's top club competition (currently on 249)
• Barcelona's 300th European Cup/#UCL game (current total: 294), and Paris's 100th (current total: 94) – the second leg of the semi-final if they reach it.
• United's 500th European Cup/#UCL goal (current total: 495)
Last 16 standing
The top five in our list are all in this season's UEFA Champions League round of 16, but only four more sides from the top 30 have made it to the knockout phase: Porto, Liverpool, Chelsea and Paris. Shakhtar (31), Basel (33) and Roma (40) are also in the top 50, with Beşiktaş (51), Manchester City (58) and Sevilla (67) not far off. Tottenham (83) are thus the lowest-ranked side in this season's last 16.
Pos: position; Part: number of UCL seasons; Pld: played; W: wins; D: draws; L: losses; F: goals for; A: goals against