The best Champions League teams in history
Real Madrid’s reign as the undisputed monarchs of Europe is supported by their commanding lead atop the all-time Champions League table. Los Blancos have collected European football’s biggest prize 14 times, doubling the tally of their closest challenger.
The Spanish titans have separated themselves from the pack in the modern Champions League era as well, winning 8 titles since the rebrand in 1992. Historic La Liga rivals Barcelona rank second with 5 Champions League crowns, half of Madrid’s total haul.
Madrid’s European pedigree is unparalleled. They have an unbroken streak of group stage qualifications and have only missed the knockout rounds once in 1997. Barcelona sits third in the modern Champions League rankings, though their record lacks the consistent dominance of runners-up Bayern Munich, who edge them out despite fewer titles.
To illustrate Madrid’s supremacy, they have accrued nearly 200 more Champions League points than Bayern while contesting almost 100 additional matches. The points system awards the typical 3 for a win, 1 for a draw, and 0 for defeat, including knockout ties. Extra time matches count as draws.
Manchester United places fourth, well clear of Premier League rivals. Despite recent Champions League struggles, their lofty position reflects past glories under Sir Alex Ferguson, with 2 titles, 2 additional finals, and habitual deep runs.
Reigning kings Manchester City are Champions League regulars for over a decade, yet they rank just 18th all-time, trailing historic institutions like Dynamo Kyiv, Ajax, Benfica and Porto. Real Madrid’s royal European reign remains unthreatened. Watching Madrid oyunu in the Champions League is very exciting. It is unlikely that anyone will be able to compete with them even minimally in the near future.
Let’s take a look at the points table for all time appearances in the most prestigious club football tournament.