UEFA Champions League All-Time League Table

Try to name the 20 best-performing teams of all-time in the UEFA Champions League.
Through August 2020. Includes European Cup. Source.
Based on total points with 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw.
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Last updated: August 23, 2020
First submittedApril 19, 2016
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Rank
Team
1
Real Madrid
2
Bayern Munich
3
Barcelona
4
Manchester United
5
Juventus
6
AC Milan
7
SL Benfica
8
Liverpool
9
Porto
10
AFC Ajax
Rank
Team
11
Arsenal
12
Chelsea
13
Inter Milan
14
Atlético Madrid
15
Dynamo Kyiv
16
Borussia Dortmund
17
Olympique Lyonnais
18
PSV Eindhoven
19
Celtic
20
Paris Saint-Germain
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Level 63
Apr 19, 2016
Took some thought on Dynamo Kyiv, Benfica, Rangers, and OL.
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Level 86
Apr 21, 2016
OL was a gift for me, not the team I was about to type.
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Level 61
Apr 21, 2016
A certain Greek team I take it?
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Level 77
Dec 3, 2018
Marseille in my case
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Level 49
May 3, 2016
Weren't rangers automatic after celtic? Might as well try them both!
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Level 57
Apr 30, 2016
I tried Glasgow Rangers, but that didn't work. Could you add that?
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Level ∞
Apr 30, 2016
Okay
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Level 13
Mar 13, 2018
there is no such team as Glasgow rangers. They are known as Rangers, yes they come from Glasgow the same as Celtic. The prefix Glasgow has been added in the media, perhaps for the audience to better understand their origins, but this is not the official name of the football club.
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Level 53
Aug 29, 2020
My best guess would have to be to help differentiate them from Queens Park Rangers in England, but that’s a stretch.
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Level 73
Aug 29, 2020
Other languages know them as Glasgow Rangers.
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Level 61
Sep 1, 2020
nice nitpicking
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Level 77
Apr 30, 2016
I suppose 'best performing' relates to the number of times the team has qualified for the Champions League since six of these have never won it, whilst Nottingham Forest, for example, have won the European Cup twice.
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Level 55
Apr 30, 2016
My guess is these are the clubs that have gained the most points throughout these 20 seasons (3 for win; 1 for draw).
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Level 79
Apr 30, 2016
According to the source (which is listed in the caveats), is based on points obtained for Wins-Draws-Loses. As it considers every tournament since ever, every victory gives 2 points.
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Level ∞
Aug 23, 2020
Nottingham Forest won twice, but they have fallen hard. They aren't even one of the best teams in England, let alone Europe. They got relegated from the Premier League in 1999 and haven't been back since. Hard to claim that you are one of the best all-time teams in the Champions League when you haven't even qualified in decades.
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Level 72
Aug 24, 2020
And yet they're one of only 8 teams to retain the European Cup. The tricky trees certainly deserve a special place in European Cup history.
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Level 42
Apr 30, 2016
Got 16 but somehow forgot Bayern Munich, I'm an idiot.
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Level 35
May 1, 2016
Lyon ???????????????? Never in a Finale, Never win. WHat is the source ?
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Level 70
May 1, 2016
Lyon WonIntertoto cup1997.........EUFA Champions League: Semi Finals 2009-20010 ........... Quarter Finals: 2004/5/6 .......... In my mind not enough to warrant a place over Nottingham Forest ... European Cup Winners 1978 - 70 1979-80..... EUFA Super Cup Winners 1979 ... Intercontinental Cup Runners Up 1980.
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Level 68
Jul 29, 2016
What's EUFA? Lol
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Level 32
Jan 17, 2020
yes but the quiz titles itself as best in the champions league, so by that metric surely aston villa, forest, hamburg and steaua bucuresti should all be above lyon, and whatever other non winners they put on this list. Even Leeds united should be higher than some of these teams since they actually got to a final.
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Level 50
Aug 25, 2020
Agreed. There really should be a points bonus for winning it otherwise this is just a list skewed towards efficient losers.
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Level 53
Aug 29, 2020
Consistency is the key, if you ask me. Lyon are in the competition pretty often, while Leeds were in the EFL Championship more often than they were in the Champions League. I was surprised to see Marseille not on this list, however. Other notable snubs to me: Valencia, Sevilla, Roma, Napoli, Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen. Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen both made finals.
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Level 73
Aug 29, 2020
For some reason, Sevilla is much better in the UEFA Cup/Euro League, and Leverkusen didn't qualify for the Champions League before the late 90s. Napoli have two decades going for them (80s and 10s) but they weren't that strong apart from that.
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Level 52
Sep 24, 2018
They give a source...
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Level 47
Aug 29, 2020
Read... based on TOTAL POINTS.
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Level 78
May 3, 2016
I tried Milan instead of Milano, but no cigar.
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Level 40
Dec 4, 2017
You mean "close but no cigar"?
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Level 74
Jan 18, 2017
Ridiculous rating system. Neds far more explanation.
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Level 60
Feb 17, 2017
I agree the rankings are silly. They are however UEFA's official rankings based on every game a team has played in the tournament where 2 points are given for a win and 1 for a draw. This does benefit teams with more recent success though since the format was changed to include more teams and more games from 1992 onwards, leaving teams like steaua bucuresti who experienced success before sitting lower on the list, in this case 23rd.
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Level 73
Jun 13, 2020
It's the all-time table, it's really not that hard to figure out.
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Level 24
Jul 7, 2017
Red star belgrade please
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Level 77
Dec 3, 2018
#23 in 2018
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Level 72
Aug 24, 2020
I had an uncle who once played. For Red Star Belgrade.
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Level 56
Mar 9, 2018
Jundiaí
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Level 65
Dec 4, 2018
You really can't accept Kiev for Kyiv?
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Level ∞
Dec 4, 2018
Of course we can. Kiev would have worked.
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Level 78
Feb 14, 2019
Bahh Anderlecht you sneaky dog *Shakes fist like an old man*
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Level 71
Oct 21, 2019
How is PSG not on here?
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Level 59
Apr 12, 2020
never been close to winning it
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Level 53
Aug 29, 2020
A final appearance put them in the list. They were apparently that close to making it, probably because of their group stage performances.
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Level 62
Mar 4, 2020
Why is Dinamo not acceptable?
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Level 77
Aug 24, 2020
There are many Dinamos all over eastern Europe.
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Level 49
Apr 12, 2020
Liverpool one place above Arsenal 6 champions league titles compared to ZERO wtf
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Level 38
May 16, 2020
Yeah i know right
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Level 56
Jul 9, 2020
i guess its because they have went far more times than liverpool has even though they won it 6 times. in the early 2010s liverpool missed out on the champions league tournament several times
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Level 72
Aug 24, 2020
...and Man Utd in 4th when they've only won half the number Liverpool have.
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Level 56
Aug 29, 2020
Arsenal qualified for 20 in a row from the mid 90s, Liverpool missed several times in that period
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Level 64
Aug 29, 2020
Liverpool has only played 12 more games in the Champions League than Arsenal. They've certainly done a lot more with those games. The way this quiz works is explained at the top: "Based on total points with 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw". Trophy results is a whole other quiz.
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Level 18
Aug 29, 2020
Didn’t take me long, Nice Quiz!
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Level 31
Aug 29, 2020
Surprised at no Tottenham or Man City
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Level 73
Aug 29, 2020
That hype for English teams... Tottenham have only played 6 seasons in the European Cup/CL. Man City qualified only once before 2011 and didn't reach the second round until 2013-14.
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Level 53
Aug 29, 2020
Man City are new to the Champions League, first making the competition in its current form in the 2011-12 season. Spurs are also new to the competition, with their first appearance in the 2010-11 competition.
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Level 32
Sep 1, 2020
Under the CL banner yes, but Spurs have one other appearance before 2010-11. In 1961-62 they made a run to the Semis, losing to Benfica.