The UEFA Champions League is the premier club football competition in Europe, and one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. The competition is contested by the top clubs in the various European leagues, and features some of the biggest names in football, such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Kylian Mbappé.
The Champions League was first held in 1955 under the name of the European Cup. It was renamed the UEFA Champions League in 1992, and the format of the competition was changed to include a group stage.
The Champions League is currently contested by 32 teams. The teams are divided into eight groups of four, and each team plays the other teams in their group home and away. The top two teams from each group qualify for the knockout stage.
The knockout stage consists of two-legged ties, with the aggregate winner of each tie progressing to the next round. The knockout stage concludes with the final, which is played at a different stadium each year.
Most successful teams
Real Madrid are the most successful team in the Champions League, having won the competition a record 14 times. AC Milan are second with seven titles, followed by Bayern Munich with six titles.
All-time leading scorers
Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in the Champions League, with 140 goals. Lionel Messi is second with 129 goals, followed by Robert Lewandowski with 89 goals.
Iker Casillas is the player with the most appearances in the Champions League, with 181. Cristiano Ronaldo is second with 180 appearances, followed by Lionel Messi with 161 appearances.
- The Champions League has been won by teams from 12 different countries.
- The largest winning margin in a Champions League final is 7-3, set by Real Madrid in the 2018 final against Liverpool.
- The fastest goal in a Champions League final was scored by Rafael van der Vaart in 2010, after 35 seconds.
- The youngest player to score in a Champions League final is Kylian Mbappé, who was 19 years and 205 days old when he scored for Monaco in the 2017 final.
Why is the Champions League so popular?
The Champions League is popular for a number of reasons. First, it features the best clubs and players in the world. Second, the competition is very competitive, with every team having a chance to win. Third, the Champions League matches are always exciting and unpredictable.
How to watch the Champions League
The Champions League is televised in over 200 countries around the world. You can also watch the Champions League live on streaming services such as CBS Sports and Paramount+.
The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious club football competition in the world. It is a must-watch for any fan of football.