The 10 Players With The Most UEFA Champions League Appearances
The UEFA Champions League is the stage where the world’s finest footballers showcase their skills and ability. To play at this level, you need to be among the world’s finest. To play at this level for many years, you need to be one of the greatest of all-time.
Here are the ten players with the most appearances in the world’s most prestigious club competition.
Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, Milan, PSG | 119 appearances and 48 goals
While the Champions League trophy remains the one title that’s evaded Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his illustrious club career, it’s not for want of trying. The big Swede has a great scoring record in the competition, and he made it as far as the semifinals with Barcelona in 2009-10.
Real Madrid, Fenerbahce | 120 appearances and 14 goals
His banana-shaped free kick while representing Brazil is perhaps his greatest legacy, along with the 2002 FIFA World Cup, but he was extremely successful at club level as well. The retired fullback was one of the most important parts of Real Madrid’s three UCL titles between 1998 and 2002.
Barcelona | 122 appearances and 11 goals
A four-time winner of the UEFA Champions League, Andres Iniesta is one of the most decorated footballers of all-time. He’s also scored two goals in Champions League semifinals, both coming against Chelsea (2008-09 and 2011-12).
Manchester United | 124 appearances and 24 goals
This genius midfielder missed the dramatic Champions League final of 1998-99 through suspension, but he made it when Manchester United claimed the title in 2007-08. His goal against FC Barcelona in the semifinal stage that season was crucial to United’s progress.
Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter, Milan | 125 appearances and 11 goals
Clarence Seedorf is one of the most successful players in the history of this competition. He’s won four different titles with three different clubs: Ajax 1994-95, Real Madrid 1997-98, and Milan 2002-03, 2006-07.
Manchester United, Real Madrid | 140 appearances and 105 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo is synonymous with this competition as its all-time leading scorer. He’s won the contest four times, he’s the only player to score in three different finals and he’s scored the most hat tricks in the competition with seven.
Manchester United | 141 appearances and 28 goals
Ryan Giggs made nearly 1,000 appearances for Manchester United during his career there and an amazing 141 of those came in the Champions League. He twice won the tournament with the club, and he scored in 16 different UEFA Champions League seasons.
Real Madrid, Schalke 04 | 142 appearances and 71 goals
One of the most prolific strikers of all-time, Raul led Real to three UCL titles (1997-98, 1999-00 and 2001-02). He would later join Schalke 04 in Germany and become an instant fan favorite.
Barcelona | 151 appearances and 11 goals
Xavi is one of the finest midfielders the world has ever seen. His passing ability defined a period of Barcelona dominance that encapsulated their style and ability on the ball. He won four titles in the competition.
Real Madrid, Porto | 164 appearances
Playing for Porto now, Iker Casillas will always be remembered as one of the all-time greats at Real Madrid. He won the tournament three times with the Spanish giants, and the 36-year-old continues to perform at a very high level in goal.