List of Players With Most Champions League Appearances

Most Champions League Appearances

Players with most Champions League appearances?

Players with the most Champions League appearances? Which players have made the most Champions League appearances? Who holds the record for the most Champions League appearances?

The Champions League is possible the most prestigious competition in the world. The very first version of the European Cup began in 1948 and as we know. Real Madrid have won the most trophies in it’s history.

But which player has made the most European Cup appearances? Which player has made the most Champions League appearances? 

Players With Most Champions League Appearances

Most Champions League appearances by a player

Who has the most Champions League appearances? Below is a list of the players who have made the most Champions League appearances. Which of these players are your favourites and they are football legends.

Player with most Champions League appearances?

Player with most Champions League appearances? Iker Casillas is the player with most Champions League appearances. He has played 176 Champions League matches. Christiano Ronaldo is on second place with 161 games. Xavi is on third place with 151 games. Lionel Messi is far behind both Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi with only 132 Champions League appearances.

List of players with most Champions League appearances

Here is the list of players with the most Champions League appearances.

Top 10 players with most Champions League appearances

Players with most Champions League appearances? Lets have a look at the list of top 10 players with the most Champions League appearances.

It will be some time before we get to see two players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo again. The duo have set unparalleled records in the Champions League so far and it will only be a fitting end to their careers in the future if they both end up topping the chart in the number of matches as well because that will mean we will get to see that much more of them. Let’s see who are some of the other legends in the elite competition.

The table below does not include appearances made in the qualification stage of the competition. The table below does include appearances made in the European Champion Clubs’ Cup.

PlayerNationAppearancesYearsClubs
1Iker Casillas Spain1761999–Real MadridReal Madrid
FC PortoPorto
2Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal1612003–Manchester United Manchester United
Real MadridReal Madrid
3Xavi Spain1511998–2015FC Barcelona FC Barcelona
4Raúl Spain1421995–2011Real MadridReal Madrid
FC Schalke 04 FC Schalke 04
5Ryan Giggs Wales1411993–2014Manchester United Manchester United
6Lionel MessiArgentina1322005-FC BarcelonaFC Barcelona
7Andrés Iniesta Spain1302002–FC Barcelona FC Barcelona
8Clarence Seedorf Netherlands1251994–2012AFC Ajax AFC Ajax
Real MadridReal Madrid
Inter Inter
AC MilanAC Milan
9Paul Scholes England1241994–2013Manchester United Manchester United
10Roberto Carlos Brazil1201997–2007Real MadridReal Madrid
Fenerbahçe Fenerbahçe
Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden1202001–2018AFC Ajax AFC Ajax
Juventus Juventus
Inter Inter
FC Barcelona FC Barcelona
AC MilanAC Milan
Paris Saint-GermainParis Saint-Germain
Manchester United Manchester United
* Active player

Players with most Champions League appearances > 105

Here is the list of remaining players with the most Champions League appearances.

PlayerTeam(s)Matches
Gianluigi Buffon *Juventus Juventus
Parma Calcio 1913 ParmaPSG
122
Paolo MaldiniAC Milan AC Milan
119
Xabi AlonsoBayern München Bayern München
Real Sociedad Real Sociedad
Real Madrid Real Madrid
Liverpool FC Liverpool FC
119
PuyolFC Barcelona FC Barcelona115
Thierry HenryFC Barcelona FC Barcelona
Arsenal FC Arsenal FC
AS Monaco AS Monaco
112
Philipp LahmVfB Stuttgart VfB Stuttgart
Bayern München Bayern München
112
Petr Čech *Chelsea FC Chelsea FC
Arsenal FC Arsenal FC
Sparta Praha Sparta Praha
111
Sergio Ramos *Real Madrid Real Madrid119
Dani Alves *Juventus Juventus
Sevilla FC Sevilla FC
FC Barcelona FC Barcelona
111
Karim Benzema*Real MadridReal Madrid112
Gary NevilleManchester United Manchester United109
John TerryChelsea FC Chelsea FC109
Patrice Evra Juventus Juventus
Manchester United Manchester United
AS Monaco AS Monaco
108
Ashley ColeAS Roma AS Roma
Chelsea FC Chelsea FC
Arsenal FC Arsenal FC
108
Andrea PirloInter Inter
Juventus Juventus
AC Milan AC Milan
108
David BeckhamAC Milan AC Milan
Real Madrid Real Madrid
Manchester United Manchester United
Paris Saint-Germain Paris Saint-Germain
107
Víctor ValdésFC Barcelona FC Barcelona106
Frank LampardChelsea FC Chelsea FC
Manchester City Manchester City
105
* Active player

Players With Most Champions League appearances < 103

PlayerTeam(s)Matches
Luís FigoInter Inter
FC Barcelona FC Barcelona
Real Madrid Real Madrid
103
Oliver KahnBayern München Bayern München103
Arjen Robben *Bayern München Bayern München
Real Madrid Real Madrid
Chelsea FC Chelsea FC
PSV Eindhoven PSV Eindhoven
105
Cesc Fàbregas *FC Barcelona FC Barcelona
Chelsea FC Chelsea FC
Arsenal FC Arsenal FC
110
Andriy ShevchenkoAC Milan AC Milan
Chelsea FC Chelsea FC
Dinamo Kiev Dinamo Kiev
100
Alessandro NestaLazio Roma Lazio Roma
AC Milan AC Milan
99
Edwin van der SarJuventus Juventus
Manchester United Manchester United
AFC Ajax AFC Ajax
98
GutiReal Madrid Real Madrid97
Javier ZanettiInter Inter97
Claude MakéléléReal Madrid Real Madrid
Chelsea FC Chelsea FC
FC Nantes FC Nantes
96
Javier Mascherano *FC Barcelona FC Barcelona
Liverpool FC Liverpool FC
96
Bastian SchweinsteigerBayern München Bayern München
Manchester United Manchester United
95
Michael Ballack1. FC Kaiserslautern 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Bayern München Bayern München
Bayer Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen
Chelsea FC Chelsea FC
93
Rio FerdinandLeeds United Leeds United
Manchester United Manchester United
93
MaxwellInter Inter
FC Barcelona FC Barcelona
Paris Saint-Germain Paris Saint-Germain
AFC Ajax AFC Ajax
93
MorientesValencia CF Valencia CF
Real Madrid Real Madrid
Liverpool FC Liverpool FC
AS Monaco AS Monaco
Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille
93
Didier DrogbaChelsea FC Chelsea FC
Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille
Galatasaray Galatasaray
92
Alessandro CostacurtaAC Milan AC Milan90
Alessandro Del PieroJuventus Juventus89
GentoReal Madrid Real Madrid89
Hasan SalihamidžićBayern München Bayern München
Juventus Juventus
88
* Active player

That is the list of players with the most Champions League appearances. They are all true legends. A lot of them have also won the competition at least once. Take a look also at our list of top goalscorers in Champions League history.

England players with most Champions League appearances

Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are the England players with most Champions League appearances. They have played 145 and 124 matches for Manchester United.

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