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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.
They have played in 49 editions of the European Cup and UEFA Champions League in total – 11 more than their closest rivals Benfica – and their total of 429 games in the elite competition is fully 90 more than the second-ranked team, Bayern, who have played 339.
Clubs ranked on theoretical points total; + and - indicate movements since December 2018.
Top 30 clubs (1955-2018)
|1. Real Madrid (ESP)||49||13||429||258||74||97||964||463||561|
|2. Bayern (GER)||35||5||339||195||71||73||680||339||461|
|3. Barcelona (ESP)||29||5||304||179||69||56||608||293||427|
|4. Manchester Utd (ENG)||28||3||275||153||66||56||503||257||372|
|5. Juventus (ITA)||33||2||267||134||67||66||422||259||335|
|6. AC Milan (ITA)||28||7||249||125||64||60||416||231||314|
|7. Benfica (POR)||38||2||252||112||58||82||406||288||282|
|8. Porto (POR)||33||2||239||108||57||74||356||264||273|
|9. Liverpool (ENG)||23||5||202||112||45||45||378||179||269|
|10. Ajax (NED) +2||35||4||211||94||58||59||326||233||246|
|11. Arsenal (ENG) -1||21||0||201||101||43||57||332||218||245|
|12. Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) -1||35||0||231||97||51||83||330||279||245|
|13. Celtic (SCO)||33||1||206||96||35||75||308||243||227|
|14. Inter Milan (ITA)||20||3||172||84||46||42||245||168||214|
|15. Chelsea (ENG)||15||1||160||80||46||34||274||142||206|
|16. Anderlecht (BEL)||34||0||200||70||44||86||282||320||184|
|17. PSV (NED) +1||27||1||175||63||41||71||227||220||167|
|18. Rangers (SCO) -1||30||0||161||62||40||59||232||218||164|
|19. Atlético (ESP)||14||0||125||64||33||28||190||110||161|
|20. Dortmund (GER) +1||17||1||136||66||27||43||237||168||159|
|21. Lyon (FRA) +1||17||0||136||61||34||41||217||159||156|
|22. Galatasaray (TUR) -2||25||0||169||57||41||71||212||258||155|
|23. Crvena zvezda (SRB) +5||24||1||126||62||25||39||240||165||149|
|24. FCSB (ROU) -1||26||1||145||52||41||52||203||204||145|
|25. Panathinaikos (GRE) -1||28||0||157||49||45||63||182||214||143|
|26. Olympiacos (GRE) -1||31||0||160||56||30||74||191||250||142|
|27. Valencia (ESP)||12||0||120||54||33||33||178||115||141|
|28. Rosenborg (NOR) +1||24||0||144||53||30||61||208||225||136|
|29. Sparta Praha (CZE) -3||27||0||142||53||30||59||186||196||136|
|30. Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)||12||0||102||54||21||27||202||121||129|
In the course of all those matches, Madrid have averaged 2.25 goals per game – only Bayern and Barcelona (both 2.00 per game) in the top 30 average anything near as high.
However, their impressive average of 1.08 goals conceded per game is not a record: of the top ten sides, Barcelona (0.96), Juventus (0.97) and Man. United (0.93) have all conceded at a lower rate, while Liverpool (0.89) have the best defensive record of all of the highest fliers.
Eleventh-ranked Arsenal are the highest-ranked side never to have laid hands on the European Cup, while Dynamo Kyiv (12th) 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 33 games they have played – 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:
• Bayern's 200th win in the competition (currently on 195)
• Real Madrid's 100th defeat (current total: 97)
• Liverpool's 400th European Cup/#UCL goal (current total: 378)
Last 16 standing
The top five in our list are all in this season's UEFA Champions League round of 16, with seven more sides from the top 30 making it to the knockout phase: Ajax, Atlético, Dortmund, Liverpool, Lyon, Paris and Porto. Of the remaining contenders, Roma (36), Schalke (48) and Manchester City (50) are in the top 50, leaving Tottenham (78) as the lowest-ranked side at this stage for the second year running.
Pos: position; Part: number of UCL seasons; Pld: played; W: wins; D: draws; L: losses; F: goals for; A: goals against; Pts: theoretical points total