UEFA Champions League is an annual footballing competition organized by UEFA which is contested by the top division clubs in Europe. Many regard it as the pinnacle of success for club football. The Champions League, known earlier as the European Cup is contested over two different set of rounds beginning with the group stages which includes the round-robin system and then later on the knockout stages commencing from the round of 16. Mostly, top four teams of a national league qualify for the Champions League of next season but rules vary from one football federation to another.
The history of the Champions League dates back to the 1950s, when in 1955 the first edition of the competition was organized which was consisted of only the knockout stages. Over the years, the format has undergone several changes and now is currently contested by 32 teams beginning from the group stages. The importance and greatness of this competition has been witnessed in many different ways across the years and will continue to do so.
The 2021/22 Champions League witnessed a historic run from Real Madrid en route to the final, which concluded with them winning their 14th European Title. Madrid eliminated PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City and finally, Liverpool in the final to lift the trophy with the ‘big ears’. Manchester City and Villarreal were the other two semifinalists with Madrid and Liverpool. Karim Benzema produced a historic campaign individually as he scored 15 goals over the campaign, a record bettered only by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid is the most successful club in the history of the Champions League and it comes as no surprise that Madrid players are the most successful in the history of the competition. AC Milan too are also very well represented on the list of players with the most number of Champions League titles. Real Madrid legend Paco Gento has won more Champions League trophies than any other player with six triumphs while 16 Madrid players have won five trophies. Here are the players with the most number of Champions League trophies.
|S.No.||Player||Number of Titles||Clubs|
|1.||Paco Gento||6||Real Madrid|
|2.||Cristiano Ronaldo||5||Manchester United, Real Madrid|
|3.||Paolo Maldini||5||AC Milan|
|4.||Alfredo di Stefano||5||Real Madrid|
|5.||Karim Benzema||5||Real Madrid|
|7.||Gareth Bale||5||Real Madrid|
|8.||Alessandro Costacurta||5||AC Milan|
|9.||Luka Modric||5||Real Madrid|
|10.||Toni Kroos||5||Real Madrid|