Most Champions League titles: How Real’s 2024 win changed the landscape

Many regard the UEFA Champions League (UCL) as the biggest and most exciting football competition in Europe. As such, we take a look at the record books to see who has won the most Champions League titles, both as clubs and players.

Real Madrid won a record 15th UCL title at the end of the 2023/24 season, beating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the final at Wembley Stadium. The UCL qualifiers for the 2024/25 campaign will get underway this week, so be sure to check out our Champions League predictions, odds and betting tips.

Real Madrid players celebrate winning a record 15th UCL title for the club in June – David Canales / SOPA Images/Sipa USA – Photo by Icon Sport

Most Champions League titles: Clubs

Real Madrid – 15

As mentioned, Real Madrid won a historic 15th UCL title in June. They are the most successful team in the competition by a long way, noticeably making history as the first team to win the modern UCL consecutively four times, between 2013-14 and 2017-18.

Greatest final performance – Real Madrid 7-3 Frankfurt 1959/60

Madrid's greatest UCL final performance is undoubtedly when they scored seven past German side Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1959/60 season. Los Blancos legends Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Di Stefano each scored a hat-trick, with the former netting a total of four times in the game.

AC Milan – 7

AC Milan are ranked among Europe’s elite teams and they were the first Italian team to compete in the UCL in 1955. The Rossoneri have won the competition seven times, making them the team with the second-highest number of titles after Real Madrid, however, they last won the trophy in 2007 against Liverpool.

Greatest final performance – AC Milan 4-0 Barcelona 1993/94

Milan's greatest UCL final performance was in 1993/94, when they dismantled a very good FC Barcelona team 4-0. The Catalan giants had previously won their first UCL title just two years earlier, so the Rossoneri's rout was no mean feat.

Liverpool – 6

Liverpool are one of the five teams that have recorded five or more European titles. The Reds boast of the highest number of European and international trophies among the British clubs. 

Greatest final performance – AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool (2-3 pens) 2004/05

A memorable night in Istanbul in 2005 for Liverpool fans saw their team dramatically come back from 3-0 down against Italian giants AC Milan to draw 3-3, and then go on to win the match on penalties. Those three Reds goals came in just six minutes in the second half.

Bayern Munich – 6

Bayern Munich are one of the most legendary football teams in Europe, as the Bavarians are famed for winning eight European titles, including six UCL trophies. Germany's most successful club first won the Champions League in 1973-74.

Greatest final performance – Atletico Madrid 0-4 Bayern Munich 1973/74

Bayern's greatest UCL performance has to be their 4-0 thrashing of Atletico Madrid in the 1973/74 campaign, in what was a replay after the first match ended 1-1. Gerd Muller and Uli Hoeness grabbed a brace each for the Germans.

Barcelona – 5

Barcelona have been one of the most successful football teams in Spain, and are among the top five teams in the UCL with five trophies to their name, winning their first back in 1992. However, next season will mark a decade without a UCL title for the Spaniards.

Greatest final performance – Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United 2010/11

This was the second of two UCL finals where Barcelona beat Manchester United within the space of three seasons. It was truly a golden era for Barca and Spanish football in general, with a prime Lionel Messi and co bossing the English Premier League champions on the pitch.

Toni Kroos player to watch
Toni Kroos is the joint-most decorated player in UCL history after announcing his retirement from professional football – Photo by Icon Sport

Most Champions League titles: Players

Paco Gento – Real Madrid – 6

The Spanish footballer, known for his state-of-the-art dribbling skills and lightning pace, is joint-top on the list of players with the highest number of UCL titles. Madrid fans still hold him in high esteem for his accurate passes that tore defences whenever called to duty, and he could clock 100 meters in eleven seconds, making him one of the best left-wingers of all time.

Greatest final performance – Real Madrid 3-2 AC Milan (aet) 1957/58

Gento scored the winning goal in extra time as Madrid beat AC Milan 3-2 in the 1957/58 season. He also scored in Los Blancos' 2-0 final victory against Fiorentina in the previous campaign.

Toni Kroos – Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – 6

Kroos is the only player on this list to have won a UCL title for a team other than Real Madrid. He did so with Bayern Munich as they beat fellow Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Wembley in the 2013/14 campaign, and collected his fifth UCL title with Madrid against the same opponents in June.

Greatest final performance – Real Madrid 2-0 Borussia Dortmund 2023/24

As Kroos announced his retirement from football, the UCL final in June represented one last dance for him in a Madrid shirt. At 34 years of age, the German dictated play in midfield, and showed why he is now the joint-most decorated player in the competition's history.

Dani Carvajal – Real Madrid – 6

Like Kroos and a number of others on this list, Carvajal became the joint-most decorated player in UCL history after winning his sixth title in June. However, unlike Kroos, all of his titles have come with Real Madrid.

Greatest final performance – Real Madrid 2-0 Borussia Dortmund 2023/24

Carvajal does not get many goals from his right-back position, but he scored the opener at Wembley in June to send Madrid on their way. It was getting tense midway through the second half, but the Spaniard managed to ease fears among Los Blancos supporters.

Luka Modric – Real Madrid – 6

Modric has formed a formidable partnership with Modric in the centre of midfield for many years at Madrid, and despite not starting the game, he too picked up his sixth UCL title in June. The 38-year-old is not planning on retiring anytime soon, and we could see him play at the Santiago Bernabeu again next season.

Greatest final performance – Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool 2017/18

Modric glided across the pitch in the 2017/18 final against Liverpool, helping them win the UCL final with relative ease in the end. His impressive performance was part of the reason for why he won the Ballon d'Or later that year.

Nacho Fernandez – Real Madrid – 6

Nacho is the fourth and final player on this list to have won his sixth UCL title in June. He has not always been a first-choice starter at the Bernanbeu, but the central defender has always shown professionalism in his performances.

Greatest final performance – Real Madrid 2-0 Borussia Dortmund 2023/24

Nacho played the full 90 minutes and captained the side as Madrid beat Dortmund 2-0 in June. The centre-back helped limit the Bundesliga side to very few clear-cut chances, and kept a clean sheet.

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