The all-time European Cup league table features Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Liverpool.
The Champions League has returned!
This week sees the return of the greatest club competition in football – and we can’t wait.
On Tuesday, we’ll see Paris Saint-Germain take on Real Madrid, while Manchester City, Bayern Munich, and Liverpool are all in action against Sporting, RB Salzburg, and Inter Milan, respectively.
Chelsea will play Lille next week, Villarreal will play Juventus, Atletico Madrid will play Manchester United, and Benfica will play Ajax.
Then, during the second leg, we get to relive it all.
This year’s version is certainly difficult to predict. Manchester City is the bookmakers’ favorite, but Bayern Munich, Liverpool, and Chelsea cannot be ruled out.
And that’s not even taking into account a PSG team that includes Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe.
They will, however, have to overcome the most successful team in the competition’s history first.
Yes, Real Madrid has won the European Cup a record 13 times and is the greatest team in competition history.
If a record 13 trophies aren’t enough to establish them as the best, the all-time league table will.
We’ve built an all-time European Cup table using ‘World Football’ numbers, and Real Madrid is far and away at the top.
A total of 353 clubs have competed in the European Cup, with a full league table available here.
However, we’ve compiled a list of the top 100 European Cup players of all time.
So, Real Madrid leads the table by a huge 175 points, handily beating Bayern Munich to the top spot. Barcelona is third, with Manchester United and Juventus rounding out the top five.
AC Milan and Liverpool are the next two teams, but both are more than 400 points behind Real Madrid.
Portuguese teams Porto and Benfica follow, with Ajax completing out the top ten.
Chelsea is ranked 11th, Arsenal is ranked 12th, Atletico Madrid is ranked 14th, PSG is ranked 17th, and Manchester City is ranked 23rd.
The best of the others.
However, there are some really good sides included.
Roma is ranked 28th, whereas Marseille, champions of the Champions League in 1993, is ranked 30th.
Tottenham almost missed out on a spot in the top 50 despite only playing 53 games in the tournament.
It’s surprising to see Napoli (56th) so low, while 2000/01 semi-finalists Leeds United are 61st after 38 games.
RB Leipzig, a newly founded club, has also slipped into the top 75.
Nottingham Forest (81st) and Aston Villa (100th) are two winning English teams (94th). RB Salzburg, who will face Bayern Munich in the last-16 this year, is ranked 98th.