By News Team
18th February 2021
With the Champions League underway, learn more about which clubs and players have been deemed the ultimate Champions league records holders.
Ahead of its return, we’ve decided to take a look back at the owners of some of the most coveted Champions League records out there…
Top goal-scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo
It is no coincidence that the player capable of scoring the greatest goals ever seen in the Champions League is the same player that leads the Champions League’s all-time top goal-scorer list. Cristiano Ronaldo, the man responsible for ‘that’ overhead goal in 2018 and ‘that’ strike against Porto in 2009, tops the list with a current incredible tally of 135, having represented Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus. He is of course still playing with Juventus and will be hopeful of adding to his total in the current campaign and extending his lead over his rivals.
One of those rivals is the Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi, who sits in second place with a tally 16 less but a still very remarkable 119 goals. Both players finished the 2014/15 campaign level on 77 goals each, but Ronaldo has since pulled clear.
To put these two great goal-scoring records in perspective, third place on the list is shared between Robert Lewandowski and Raúl González with 71 goals apiece. The debate will continue between Messi and Ronaldo fans as to who is the greatest of all time but there is no arguing with the fact that Ronaldo comes out on top here.
Most titles: Real Madrid
A total of 22 different clubs have won the Champions League but there is one stand-out team at the top of the ranks having won the tournament a record 13 times. Real Madrid are truly in a league of their own in this category, with the second-placed team on the list, AC Milan, having secured a still impressive seven titles.
Of Real Madrid’s 13 titles, they achieved four of those consecutively, making them also the team to have won the trophy the greatest number of times in successive years. Current champions Bayern Munich are tied for third place with Liverpool, both on six titles. England has produced five winning clubs in the tournament’s history, totalling 13 titles.
Most assists: Cristiano Ronaldo
The same two names dominate the top of this table as they did the goal-scoring category, with Messi and Ronaldo again battling it out for honours in the assist list. Again, Ronaldo leads the way and is superior in this division over Messi. Ronaldo, the only player to score in three consecutive Champions League finals, tops the assist list with 41 assists. Meanwhile, Messi retains second place with 36 ahead of Angel Di Maria on 32.
The dominance of both can also be demonstrated by their appearances in the competition, with Ronaldo again notching more matches than Messi, with 179 and 148 appearances respectively. The longevity of Ronaldo is something to be appreciated and savoured, as among his many records he is also the only player to score in three Champions League finals. The man for the big occasion.
Most matches: Real Madrid
There is one team responsible for the most matches played in the Champions League, and with it, they are also responsible for the most appearances, wins, draws, and losses. They have appeared in the competition 45 times with 445 matches, winning 265 of them while encountering 77 draws and 103 defeats. They are the team also responsible for winning the most Champions League titles, Real Madrid.
Cut them open and they bleed the Champions League. This competition is as much a part of Real Madrid as Real Madrid is a part of the competition. Their dominance throughout the tournament’s history has rightfully led to them becoming one of the most recognised and feared sides in football.
Most appearances: Iker Casillas
The top spot on this list is unsurprisingly occupied by a goalkeeper, Iker Casillas. The long-time Real Madrid number one represented the club for 16 years and has made 181 appearances in the Champions League. His longevity is favoured by his position but that doesn’t take away from his abilities as a player and his role in an all-conquering and dominant Real Madrid side.
In his 181 appearances, Casillas also holds the record for the most clean sheets, a feat he also holds with his national side, Spain. He has lifted the Champions League trophy on three occasions and appeared in the tournament in 20 consecutive years, more than any other player. Ronaldo follows in second on 179 appearances so will hope to claim top spot this season, with Xavi Hernandez third on 157.