LIST: 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.

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1Iker Casillas Spain1771999–Real Madrid (150), Porto (27)
2C. Ronaldo Portugal1662003–Man Utd (52), Real Madrid (101), Juve (13)
3Xavi Spain1511998–2015Barcelona
4Ryan Giggs Wales1451993–2014Manchester United
5Raúl Spain1421995–2011Real Madrid (130), Schalke 04 (12)
6Lionel Messi Argentina1392005–Barcelona
7Paolo Maldini Italy1351988–2008AC Milan
8Andrés Iniesta Spain1302002–2018Barcelona
9Clarence Seedorf Netherlands1251994–2012Ajax (11), Real Madrid (25), AC Milan (89)
10Paul Scholes England1241994–2013Manchester United

Players with most UCL appearances > 106

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

11Sergio Ramos Spain1222005–Real Madrid
12Roberto Carlos Brazil1201997–2007Real Madrid (107), Fenerbahçe (13)
13Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden1192001–20177 clubs
Xabi Alonso Spain1192003–20174 Clubs
15Karim Benzema France1162006–Lyon (19), Real Madrid (97)
16Carles Puyol Spain1151999–2014Barcelona
17Gerard Piqué Spain1132004–Man Utd (4), Barcelona (109)
18Thierry Henry France1121997–2012Monaco (9), Arsenal (77), Barcelona (26)
Philipp Lahm Germany2002–2017Stuttgart (7), Bayern Munich (105)
20Petr Čech Czech Republic1112001–2017Sparta Prague (12), Chelsea (94), Arsenal (5)
Dani Alves Brazil1112007–20194 Clubs
22Arjen Robben Netherlands1102002–20184 Clubs
Sergio Busquets Spain1102008–Barcelona
23Gary Neville England1101993–2010Manchester United
24John Terry England1102003–2016Chelsea
25Andrea Pirlo Italy1081998–2015Inter Milan (5), Milan (78), Juventus (25)
26Ashley Cole England1082000–2015Arsenal (45), Chelsea (60), Roma (3)
27Patrice Evra France1082003–2017Monaco (21), Man Utd (65), Juventus (22)
28Thomas Müller Germany1082009–Bayern Munich

Players With Most UCL appearances < 106

29David Beckham England1071994–20134 Clubs
30Víctor Valdés Spain1062002–2014Barcelona
31Frank Lampard England1052003–2015Chelsea (102), Manchester City (3)
32Cesc Fàbregas Spain1042004–Arsenal (55), Barcelona (26), Chelsea (23)
33Manuel Neuer Germany1042007–Schalke 04 (22), Bayern Munich (82)
34Oliver Kahn Germany1031994–2007Bayern Munich
35Luís Figo Portugal1031997–2009Barcelona (24), Real Madrid (58), Inter (21)
36Toni Kroos Germany1012008–Bayern Munich (41), Real Madrid (60)
37Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine1001994–2010Dynamo Kyiv (26), Milan (59), Chelsea (15)

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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