Champions League group stage records and statistics

Key facts

  • Barcelona, Porto, Real Madrid making 23rd group appearances
  • Madrid hold records for most points, goals and qualifications
  • Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo tied on record 60 group goals
  • Ronaldo closing on Xavi Hernández’s appearance record
  • Debutants Crvena zvezda, Hoffenheim and Young Boys
  • Number of clubs to feature in group stage reaches 140



Most appearances
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Porto)
80 Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)
78 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid)

Most goals
60 Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
40 Karim Benzema

Messi has the best strike rate for players with ten goal or more, his 60 coming in 63 appearances, 0.95 per game.

Most goals in a game
Luiz Adriano (BATE Borisov 0-7 Shakhtar, 21/10/14)

Most goals in a single group stage
11 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, 2015/16)

Jonas celebrates scoring within 11 seconds against Leverkusen

Jonas celebrates scoring within 11 seconds against Leverkusen©Getty Images

Fastest goal
10.96 seconds
Jonas (Valencia 3-1 Leverkusen, 01/11/11)

Fastest own goal
Iñigo Martínez (Manchester United 1-0 Real Sociedad, 23/10/13)

Fastest hat-trick
8 minutes
Bafétimbi Gomis (Dinamo Zagreb 1-7 Lyon, 07/12/11)

Youngest player
16 years 87 days
Celestine Babayaro (Steaua Bucureşti 1-1 Anderlecht, 23/11/94)

Youngest scorer
17 years 195 days
Peter Ofori-Quaye (Rosenborg 5-1 Olympiacos, 01/10/97)

Oldest player
43 years 253 days
Marco Ballotta (Real Madrid 3-1 Lazio, 11/12/07)

Oldest scorer
38 years 59 days
Francesco Totti (CSKA Moskva 1-1 Roma, 25/11/14)


Madrid are eyeing a fourth straight triumph

Madrid are eyeing a fourth straight triumph©AFP/Getty Images

Most group campaigns by club
23 Barcelona*, FC Porto*, Real Madrid*
22 Bayern*, Manchester United*

Most points (2 points for a win in 1992/93, 1993/94 1994/95)
Real Madrid
273 Barcelona (279 if 3 points for a win throughout)

Most goals
Real Madrid
293 Barcelona

Most qualifications from group stage
22 Real Madrid

Most consecutive qualifications from group stage
21 Real Madrid (since 1997/98)

Most first-place group stage finishes
19 Barcelona

Most unbeaten group stage campaigns
11 Barcelona

Paris break group goals record against Celtic

Paris break group goals record against Celtic

Most wins in a single season
6 AC Milan (1992/93), Paris Saint-Germain (1994/95), Spartak Moskva (1995/96), Barcelona (2002/03), Real Madrid (2011/12, 2014/15)

Most draws in a single season
6 AEK Athens (2002/03)

Most goals scored in a single season
Paris Saint-Germain (2017/18)

Most goals conceded in a single campaign
BATE Borisov (2014/15), Legia Warszawa (2016/17)

Most total goals involving a single team (for and against)
33 Legia Warszawa (2016/17)

Fewest goals conceded in a single season
1 AC Milan (1992/93), Ajax (1995/96), Juventus (1996/97, 2004/05), Valencia (2005/06), Liverpool (2005/06), Chelsea (2005/06), Manchester United (2010/11), Monaco (2014/15), Paris Saint-Germain (2015/16), Barcelona (2017/18)

Fewest goals scored in a single season
Deportivo La Coruña (2004/05), Maccabi Haifa (2009/10), Dinamo Zagreb (2016/17)

Biggest group-winning points margin
11 Spartak Moskva (1995/96), Barcelona (2002/03), Real Madrid (2014/15)

Fewest points to qualify (3 points for a win)
6 Zenit (2013/14)

Most points without going through
12 Paris Saint-Germain** (1997/98), Napoli (2013/14)


Dortumd 8-4 Legia

Dortumd 8-4 Legia

Most goals in a group game
12 Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warszawa (22/11/16)

Biggest margin of victory
8-0 Liverpool 8-0 Beşiktaş (06/11/07), Real Madrid 8-0 Malmö (08/12/15)

Highest-scoring draw
4-4 Hamburg 4-4 Juventus (13/09/00), Bayer Leverkusen 4-4 Roma (20/10/15)

Country records

Most group stage club campaigns
87 Spain*
84 England*
74 Germany*, Italy*

Most different national representatives
13 Germany*, Spain
10 England, France

Countries never represented
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Estonia, Faroe Islands, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, San Marino, Wales

*includes 2018/19
**finished second but not one of the two best runners-up that qualified

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