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LIST: Players With Most Champions League Appearances

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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.

# Player Nation Apps Years Club(s)
1 Iker Casillas  Spain 177 1999– Real Madrid (150), Porto (27)
2 C. Ronaldo  Portugal 166 2003– Man Utd (52), Real Madrid (101), Juve (13)
3 Xavi  Spain 151 1998–2015 Barcelona
4 Ryan Giggs  Wales 145 1993–2014 Manchester United
5 Raúl  Spain 142 1995–2011 Real Madrid (130), Schalke 04 (12)
6 Lionel Messi  Argentina 139 2005– Barcelona
7 Paolo Maldini  Italy 135 1988–2008 AC Milan
8 Andrés Iniesta  Spain 130 2002–2018 Barcelona
9 Clarence Seedorf  Netherlands 125 1994–2012 Ajax (11), Real Madrid (25), AC Milan (89)
10 Paul Scholes  England 124 1994–2013 Manchester United

Players with most UCL appearances > 106

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

11 Sergio Ramos  Spain 122 2005– Real Madrid
12 Roberto Carlos  Brazil 120 1997–2007 Real Madrid (107), Fenerbahçe (13)
13 Zlatan Ibrahimović  Sweden 119 2001–2017 7 clubs
Xabi Alonso  Spain 119 2003–2017 4 Clubs
15 Karim Benzema  France 116 2006– Lyon (19), Real Madrid (97)
16 Carles Puyol  Spain 115 1999–2014 Barcelona
17 Gerard Piqué  Spain 113 2004– Man Utd (4), Barcelona (109)
18 Thierry Henry  France 112 1997–2012 Monaco (9), Arsenal (77), Barcelona (26)
Philipp Lahm  Germany 2002–2017 Stuttgart (7), Bayern Munich (105)
20 Petr Čech  Czech Republic 111 2001–2017 Sparta Prague (12), Chelsea (94), Arsenal (5)
Dani Alves  Brazil 111 2007–2019 4 Clubs
22 Arjen Robben  Netherlands 110 2002–2018 4 Clubs
Sergio Busquets  Spain 110 2008– Barcelona
23 Gary Neville  England 110 1993–2010 Manchester United
24 John Terry  England 110 2003–2016 Chelsea
25 Andrea Pirlo  Italy 108 1998–2015 Inter Milan (5), Milan (78), Juventus (25)
26 Ashley Cole  England 108 2000–2015 Arsenal (45), Chelsea (60), Roma (3)
27 Patrice Evra  France 108 2003–2017 Monaco (21), Man Utd (65), Juventus (22)
28 Thomas Müller  Germany 108 2009– Bayern Munich

Players With Most UCL appearances < 106

29 David Beckham  England 107 1994–2013 4 Clubs
30 Víctor Valdés  Spain 106 2002–2014 Barcelona
31 Frank Lampard  England 105 2003–2015 Chelsea (102), Manchester City (3)
32 Cesc Fàbregas  Spain 104 2004– Arsenal (55), Barcelona (26), Chelsea (23)
33 Manuel Neuer  Germany 104 2007– Schalke 04 (22), Bayern Munich (82)
34 Oliver Kahn  Germany 103 1994–2007 Bayern Munich
35 Luís Figo  Portugal 103 1997–2009 Barcelona (24), Real Madrid (58), Inter (21)
36 Toni Kroos  Germany 101 2008– Bayern Munich (41), Real Madrid (60)
37 Andriy Shevchenko  Ukraine 100 1994–2010 Dynamo 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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