Real Madrid, AC Milan, Liverpool: Which clubs have reached the most Champions League finals?

Champions League finals reached

Liverpool made history last night as they became they became the first English side to reach double figures in European Cup/Champions League final appearances.

A 3-2 win for the Reds sealed a 5-2 aggregate victory and secured their passage to the Stade de France for their date with destiny on the 28th May.

It will be Liverpool’s 10th European Cup final appearance and fifth since the competition was re-branded to the UEFA Champions League back in 1992.

Of those finals, the Reds have been triumphant on six occasions, winning the competition in 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005 and 2019.

Talk about European pedigree.

But whilst Liverpool might rule the roost when it comes to English clubs, how do they fare in comparison to the rest of the continent?

Ranking the clubs with the most Champions League final appearances

=9. Manchester United (5)
=9. Inter Milan (5)
8. Ajax (6)
7. Benfica (7)
6. Barcelona (8)
5. Juventus (9)
4. Liverpool (10)
=2. Bayern Munich (11)
=2. AC Milan (11)
1. Real Madrid (17)

MILAN, ITALY – MAY 28: Toni Kroos of Real Madrid kisses the Champions League trophy after the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 28, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Los Blancos truly are European giants.

Their tally of 16 finals is even more impressive when you consider they won 13 of them, giving them nearly double the number of victories of their nearest rival (AC Milan – 7).

Adding to their formidable reputation, Real Madrid haven’t lost a European Cup final since falling short at the hands of Liverpool in 1981 – that’s over 40 years ago!

AC Milan and Bayern Munich tie for second spot with a more than respectable 11 finals.

The Rossoneri enjoyed much of their European success in the 20th century, although did appear in the final on three occasions between 2003-2007.

AC Milan 1994 Champions League final

Whereas the Bavarian club have won the competition six times in total, two of which were in the last decade – 2012/2013 & 2019/2020.

Liverpool surpass Juventus and move into fourth position after their eventful victory against Villarreal last night.

The Old Lady occupy fifth position with their tally of nine appearances; however, their dismal final record of 2-7 means they only managed to lift ‘Big Ears’ in 1985 & 1996, and have lost more European Cup finals than any other club.

Barcelona spring quite the surprise having only made the final on eight occasions. The Catalan club might be challenging Real Madrid on the domestic front, but clearly they are no match on the European stage.

Whilst Benfica edge out Ajax as the first club not from the ‘big five’ leagues to make the grade, however the Portuguese outfit have yet to make a final since the competition was re-branded.

And sneaking on towards the bottom of the list, we have Inter Milan and Manchester United, both of whom are tied on five appearances each.


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