Most Champions League titles won by Football Clubs

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As Chelsea won this season's UEFA Champions League title, we look into the clubs with the most champions league titles in football history
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Europe has the best and the toughest club competition in the world. The only thing which separates an elite club from a normal club is the Champions League title. Clubs all around Europe dream of winning this competition. Clubs with the most champions league titles earn more bragging rights than the others. So, this time we look into the top clubs that have won the most number of champions league titles in the tournament’s history.

Champions League Winners List in last 20 years

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Top clubs with most champions league titles (3 or more)

1. Real Madrid CF (13 UCL titles)

Most champions league titles won by Real Madrid
All 13 titles of Real Madrid
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Everyone considers Real Madrid C.F. as the most successful club in world football. This club has achieved great heights both in recent times and in the past. Real Madrid won the first-ever European cup in 1955-56 which was also the founding year of the competition. Back then it was formally known as the European Champion Clubs’ Cup. The current format has been around since 1992. Real Madrid has won 13 UEFA champions league titles which is more than any club in the world. They won it five consecutive times in the first five seasons of the tournament. The recent achievement includes a three-peat of winning the UCL under Zinedine Zidane (2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18). Cristiano Ronaldo was their star performer with the most impact in the competition. He further tops the chart of the most goal scorer and assists provider in the competition as well.

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Real Madrid CF’s Title winning years

Winning YearOpponent TeamScorelineVenue
1955-56Reims4-3Paris
1956-57Fiorentina2-0Madrid
1957-58AC Milan3-2(AET)Brussels
1958-59Reims2-0Stuttgart
1959-60Frankfurt7-3Glasgow
1965-66Partizan2-1Brussels
1997-98Juventus0-1Amsterdam
1999-00Valencia3-0Saint-Denis
2001-02Leverkusen1-2Glasgow
2013-14Atletico Madrid4-1(AET)Lisbon
2015-16Atletico Madrid1-1
(5-3) Pen
Milan
2016-17Juventus1-4Cardiff
2017-18Liverpool3-1Kyiv
All 13 UCL Titles of Real Madrid

2. AC Milan (7 UCL Titles)

Maldini with the most champions league titles
Paolo Maldini lifting the Champions League
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AC Milan is the Italian giants with rich history and glories. They produced players like Maldini, Dida, Nesta and many more. They dominated world football in the past few decades, but things have changed drastically since then. Milan has fallen from the folds of great clubs in recent times but their UCL glory is still more than others just behind Real Madrid. They have beaten the likes of Juventus, Liverpool, Barcelona to win the champions league in the past. But this year AC Milan are back in the mix and have qualified for the UCL after 7 straight years. Zlatan and Co. are looking forward to the upcoming season and are serious title contenders both in the domestic league and UCL.

AC Milan’s Title winning years

Winning YearOpponent TeamScorelineVenue
1962-63Benfica2-1London
1968-69Ajax4-1Madrid
1988-89FSCB4-0Barcelona
1989-90Benfica1-0Vienna
1993-94Barcelona4-0Athens
2002-03Juventus0-0
(2-3) Pen
Manchester
2006-07Liverpool2-1Athens
All 7 titles of AC Milan

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3. FC Bayern Munich (6 UCL titles)

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Bayern lifting their 6th UCL title
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Bayern Munich has been the dominant force in Europe for quite a long time. They dominate the Bundesliga and the domestic cup titles too. Recently, they have been one of the most prominent sides in Europe to deal with. Bayern humiliated Barcelona with an 8-2 defeat in the UCL quarter-finals and won the 2019-20 Champions league beating PSG comfortably. Robert Lewandowski has been their main man recently with the most number of goals. But they have consistently produced players like Robben, Ribery, Muller and others who helped them win the trebles and sextuples.

Bayern Munich’s Title winning years

Winning yearOpponent TeamScorelineVenue
1973-74Atletico Madrid0-4Brussels
1974-75Leeds2-0Paris
1975-76St- Etienne1-0Glasgow
2000-01Valencia1-1
(5-4) Pen
Milan
2012-13Borussia Dortmund1-2London
2019-20PSG0-1Lisbon
All 6 titles of FC Bayern Munich

4. Liverpool FC (6 UCL titles)

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Trophy Cabinet of Liverpool including 6 UCL titles
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Liverpool has turned the tables beautifully in recent times. They were a great force in the European competition but suddenly went numb. Liverpool had a rough patch where they went trophyless for many years. With the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as manager, Liverpool slowly redeemed themselves. In the 2017-18 season, they reached the UCL finals but failed to win against Real Madrid. Next season they came back stronger, from a 3-0 defeat in the first leg to win 4-0 in the second leg and knocked Barcelona out of the UCL semis. Liverpool went on to be the champions defeating Spurs 2-0 in the all English final to win their 6th UCL trophy. The great comeback against Milan in 2005 at Istanbul still gives goosebumps to every football fan.

Liverpool’s Title winning years

Winning yearOpponent TeamScorelineVenue
1976-77Monchengladbach3-1Rome
1977-78Club Brugge1-0London
1980-81Real Madrid1-0Paris
1983-84Roma1-1
(2-4) Pen
Rome
2004-05AC Milan3-3
(2-3) Pen
Istanbul
2018-19Spurs2-0Madrid
All 6 titles of Liverpool FC

5. FC Barcelona (5 UCL Titles)

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FC Barcelona bagging their 5th UCL title
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FC Barcelona one of the biggest clubs in Europe have a great history in the UCL. They have won the title 5 times, while three of them came in the last decade. The famous Lamasia – The FC Barcelona academy produced world-class players at the time. Players like Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and many more were a part of the academy. Coach Pep Guardiola conquered the world with some beautiful football. He managed to win both the Treble and Sextuple during his reign. A few years later Luis Enrique guided them to their 5th UCL title and also a treble. That was Barcelona’s last high run in the UCL. After that, they have had some problems. Since then, they faced heavy defeats against Roma, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Bayern Munich in their knockout phases.

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FC Barcelona’s Title winning years

Winning YearOpponent TeamScorelineVenue
1991-92Sampdoria0-1(AET)London
2005-06Arsenal2-1Saint-Denis
2008-09Manchester United2-0Rome
2010-11Manchester United3-1London
2014-15Juventus1-3Berlin
All 5 Titles of Barcelona

6. Ajax (4 UCL Titles)

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1995 UCL champions – Ajax
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AFC Ajax has a great history. They are the only team to win the UCL 4 times which is not from the top 5 leagues. Football maestro Johan Cruyff was from this team, who later changed the definition of playing football. Introducing Tiki-taka football to the world, Ajax had a great run in the past. He later influenced Barcelona to play that type of football which brought them huge success in the end. They last won the title in 1995 when the likes of Van der Sar, Rijkaard used to play for them. Since then they have reached the UCL semifinal in 2019 upsetting big teams and then losing to the Spurs in the semifinal in the dying minutes. Ajax’s run is considered as one of the greatest underdogs run in the history of the UCL. This team produced players like De Jong, De Ligt, Ziyech and others.

Ajax’s Title winning years

Winning yearOpponent TeamScorelineVenue
1970-71Panathinaikos2-0London
1971-72Internazionale2-0Rotterdam
1972-73Juventus1-0Belgrade
1994-95AC Milan1-0Vienna
All 4 titles of AFC Ajax

7. Manchester United (3 UCL Titles)

Manchester United with their 3rd UCL title
Manchester United with their 3rd UCL title
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Manchester United one of the greatest clubs in the world has won 3 champions league titles. They looked like the best team in the world during their reign. Players like Beckham, Ryan, Rooney were part of the golden team when united lifted their 3rd European title. Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager of this team is one of the greatest ever in the history of the sport. He introduced one of the recent footballing greats Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time in top-flight football. Manchester United has also won the treble and enlisted themselves in an elite list in World Football. Since then they qualified for two champions league finals and faced defeat against FC Barcelona.

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Manchester United’s Title winning years

Winning YearOpponent TeamScorelineVenue
1967-68Benfica4-1(AET)London
1998-99Bayern Munich2-1Barcelona
2007-08Chelsea1-1
(6-5)Pen
Moscow
All 3 titles of Manchester United

8. Internazionale (3 UCL Titles)

Intermilan's 3rd UCL title
Inter with their 3rd UCL Trophy
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Internazionale won two of their three trophies back in the 1960’s. Since then they have been disappointing year in year out. Their recent UCL title was in 2009-10 when Mourinho took charge. They were not the favorites in that season yet they went on to win the UCL. Jose Mourinho was emerging as one of the best coaches in the world. He played typical defensive football frustrated his opponents which created mistakes. They capitalised on those mistakes and went on to win their 3rd champions league. They beat the heavy-weights Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the final to clinch their title.

Internazionale’s Title winning years

Winning YearOpponent teamScorelineVenue
1963-64Real Madrid3-1Vienna
1964-65Benfica1-0Milan
2009-10Bayern Munich0-2Madrid
All 3 titles of Inter Milan

Clubs with less than three Champions League titles:

TeamsNo. of UCL TitlesWinning Year
Juventus21984-85; 1995-96
Chelsea22011-12; 2020-21
Benfica21960-61; 1960-62
FC Porto21986-87; 2003-04
Nottm Forest21978-79; 1979-80
Feyenoord11969-70
Crvena zvezda11990-91
Aston Villa11981-82
Marseille11992-93
Hamburg11982-83
Celtic11966-67
FCSB11985-86
PSV11987-88
Borussia Dortmund11996-97
Teams with less than 3 Champions League

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