Ranking every Champions League club by how much supporters love or hate them

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The Champions League just never disappoints.

Fans were treated to another superb week of European action as Borussia Dortmund recovered from 2-0 down, Real Madrid annihilated Galatasaray and Ajax and Chelsea shared a 4-4 classic. 

However, spare a moment for the supporters whose team are either in the Europa League or missed out on continental qualification last season.

But that doesn't mean the thousands of people in that situation can't enjoy the competition and they're the most likely demographic to have a soft spot for one of the top clubs.

Whether we like to admit or not, there's always that handful of teams that, while you might not support them, you always want to see them do well.

Most popular Champions League clubs

And bearing that premise in mind, we've decided to use Transfermarkt to assess which clubs are the most popular in the Champions League and which are the most derided.

Their system works by randomly generating fixtures amongst the 32 teams and begging the question: which club would you prefer to win?

Several weeks and thousands of votes later, the popularity contest has become clear and you can see every single Champions League club ranked by how much fans love or hate them.

32. Red Star Belgrade - 31%

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31. Galatasaray - 33%

30. Lokomotiv Moscow - 34%

29. Genk - 35%

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28. RB Leipzig - 35%

27. Dinamo Zagreb - 37%

26. Zenit St. Petersburg - 39%

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25. Club Brugge - 39%

24. Manchester City - 40%

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23. Olympiacos - 40%

22. Shakhtar Donetsk - 41%

21. Lille - 44%

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20. Slavia Prague - 45%

19. Chelsea - 45%

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18. Red Bull Salzburg - 46%

17. Real Madrid - 48%

16. Bayern Munich - 49%

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15. Paris Saint-Germain - 49%

14. Atalanta - 49%

13. Benfica - 51%

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12. Inter Milan - 52%

11. Tottenham Hotspur - 53%

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10. Bayer Leverkusen - 54%

9. Napoli - 54%

8. Valencia - 54%

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7. Lyon - 56%

6. Atletico Madrid - 57%

5. Barcelona - 58%

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4. Juventus - 59%

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3. Ajax - 64%

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2. Borussia Dortmund - 64%

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1. Liverpool - 66%

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Liverpool win popularity contest

They came top of the Premier League popularity rankings and now Liverpool have topped the European standings just as they did in Madrid in May.

It might come as a surprise to see a club which is so often mocked in England fare so well, but clearly thousands of fans are always keen to see the Reds bag a victory.

On the contrary, clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea - whose reputations are forever linked to heavy transfer spending - find themselves a lot further down the list.

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Meanwhile, Barcelona and Juventus can probably pin their own popularity on the star statuses of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

But no matter how you look at it, Liverpool are dominating Europe in every sense right now.

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