UEFA Champions League most appearances by player 1955-2019

Of all the players to appear in the UEFA competition since 1955, Porto Goalkeeper Iker Casillas has the highest number of appearances, taking the pitch 181 times. Most of these appearances have been for Real Madrid. Iker Casillas is followed by Cristiano Ronaldo who made 171 appearances in the UEFA.

Growth of UEFA.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is the administrative body for association football in Europe and parts of Asia. It is one of the six confederations of FIFA, the global governing body for football. Since its founding in June 1954, the number of national associations in UEFA grew from 25 to 55.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the player with most final game goals in the UEFA Champions League.

As of 2019, Ronaldo has scored four goals in final games in matches in the UEFA Champions League. Despite his success as a football player, or maybe exactly because of it, Ronaldo’s fandom in the United Kingdom (UK) is questionable. According to a survey carried out in 2018, approximately 17 percent of people in UK identify as Ronaldo fans and 39 percent as haters. In contrast, 40 percent of the respondents identify as Lionel Messi fans and just 11 percent as haters.

Players with most games played in the UEFA Champions League from 1955 to 2019

Games played
Iker Casillas 181
Cristiano Ronaldo 171
Xavi Hernández 157
Ryan Giggs 151
Raúl González 144
Lionel Messi 140
Paolo Maldini 139
Andrés Iniesta 132
Clarence Seedorf 131
Paul Scholes 130
Gianluigi Buffon 130
Roberto Carlos 128
Xabi Alonso 127
Zlatan Ibrahimović 123
Sergio Ramos123
Carles Puyol 120
Karim Benzema 117
Andriy Shevchenko 116
Gerard Piqué115
Gary Neville 115
Thierry Henry 115
Andrea Pirlo 115
Dani Alves 114
Philipp Lahm 114
David Beckham 113
Arjen Robben 111
Patrice Evra 111
John Terry 111
Petr Čech 111
Thomas Müller 111
Sergio Busquets111
Víctor Valdés 110
Cesc Fàbregas 110
Olexandr Shovkovskiy109
Ashley Cole 108
Roar Strand107
Oliver Kahn 107
Luís Figo107
Frank Lampard 107
Manuel Neuer107
Javier Zanetti105
Fernando Morientes104
Toni Kroos104
Alessandro Nesta101
Edwin van der Sar 100
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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

1955 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* From 1955 to 1992 the competition was known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or the European Cup.

Information valid as of December, 2019.

Statistics include qualifying and play-off matches.

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