The UEFA Champions League, which is also known as the European Cup, operates as an annual competition, organised by the Union of European Football Associations. Top-division European clubs compete in the event, and it is known as one of the most prestigious football tournaments around, especially in Europe itself.
The competition became an entity in 1955, starting out under the title of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup, and it existed as a straightforward knockout tournament. At that time, it was only open to the champion club of each national championship. Since that time, it has grown, transformed and become a completely different entity, and it has crafted some of the most renowned football teams around the world. So, which exactly are the top-ranking teams of all-time in the European Cup?
In total, 22 teams have won the competition since its inception, with 12 of them winning it more than once. Spain’s Real Madrid stand atop the rankings, having claimed 600 points in total and 13 titles from the 50 times the team has competed. This includes the first five seasons that it participated in the competition.
As it happens, Real Madrid has been backed to win it more times than any other side, too. Sports betting sites often see an influx of bets backing the club when it comes to the European Cup. William Hill has reported such figures before, and this site even has its own mobile betting capabilities today. Through the William Hill mobile app, you can login to your account, make deposits, bet on your favourite sports and teams, and even withdraw and experience other sportsbook features. It really does help with the more mobile world of today.
Additional Top-Ranking Teams in the UEFA Champions League
While Real Madrid’s 13 title wins are highly unmatched at the moment, Bayern Munich rank second in the Champions League, with 5 titles from its 36 times participating. Another Spanish team in Barcelona follows behind them in third, also having scored itself five victories from 30 times participating.
Manchester United rank 4th, having garnered 3 Champions League wins and amassing 374 points, while Italy’s Juventus fall into fifth position on the ranking board with 2 victories.
At the bottom of the ranking in 30th position is GNK Dinamo of Croatia, which is a new entry in recent times to the top 30. Meanwhile, Paria Saint-Germain ranks just above the Croatian team, having never won it but participated 13 times over. Oddly enough, the French team has seen player Gianluigi Buffon participate in 131 appearances as goalkeeper (for Parma, Juventus and Paris itself), but he’s never been a part of a winning team in the Champions League. He left Paris Saint-German in July 2019 and returned to Juventus.
Perhaps even more startling though, is that Dynamo Kiev (which currently ranks in 11th position overall) is the highest-ranked to have never won the European Cup or even reach the finals of the competition.
Making up the remaining top 10 positions of the UEFA Champions League are AC Milan in 6th, Liverpool in 7th, Benfica in 8th, Porto in 9th and Ajax in 10th.