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8 Teams That Have Lifted the UEFA Champions League Trophy


23 clubs have lifted the Champions League trophy since its inception. Spanish club Real Madrid is the most successful team in the competition. The tournament is Europe’s most prestigious in club football and every year, fans keep watching. 

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The competition will have a new format from the 2024/25 season and we know you look forward. Spain has the most titles followed by England, Italy, Germany and Netherland consecutively. Here are the winners.

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Real Madrid – 14 Titles

Why Real Madrid is good at the Champions League. Video Credit: Kick Off Talk

Los Blancos has 14 Champions League trophies in their cabinet. They were the first competition winners in 1956 under the initial name, the European Cup, and won the next four. It took them five years to win the title again. 

Real Madrid next lifted the trophy under its new name, the UEFA Champions League in 1997/98. The club replicated that in 2000 and 2002. In mid-2010, Madrid dominated the event, winning three between 2016 and 2018. 

The last time they won it was 2022 and they might have a chance to win it again this year. 

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AC Milan – 7 Titles

AC Milan has lifted the supports League trophy seven times in its history. They’ve struggled to progress to the competition’s latter stages since they last won it in 2010. Its first title came in 1963, which made them the first Italian team to lift the trophy. 

Apart from their back-to-back victories in 1989 and 1990, their other titles have been separate wins.

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Liverpool – 6 Titles

Liverpool has six titles, but only one is a Champions League trophy. They won the first five during the European Cup era, the first coming in 1977 and the last in 2005. 

It wasn’t until 2019 that the Reds won the Champions League under Jurgen Klopp. They came close in 2018, but Real Madrid denied them.

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Bayern Munich – 6 Titles

Bayern Munich is the most successful German club in the competition with six titles. The Bavarian giants first became European champions in 1974 and added two more trophies in 1975 and 1976. 

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They went for another 25 years before winning a fourth, 12 years before winning a fifth, and seven before their last title in 2020. In the 2020 final, Bayern beat Paris Saint Germain by a goal.

Barcelona – 5 Titles

Thierry Henry after winning the Champions League with Barcelona. Video Credit: Sky Sports Retro

The Champions League trophy last went to the Camp Nou in 2015, which was also the last time Barcelona played in a final. Over the years, they’ve had crushing defeats, for example, in 2017 and 2018, they lost 3-0 to Juventus and Roma, 4-0 to Liverpool in 2019. The other trophies came in 1992, 2006, 2009, & 2011. 

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Ajax – 4 Titles

Ajax is one of Netherlands’s most successful clubs. They have produced some of the world’s best players and historical figures. From Johann Cruyff, Dennis Bergkamp to Marco van Basten. 

That said, with the changing nature of the game, Ajax have now been surpassed by bigger clubs in Europe and this is evident in their performance. The last time they won the accolade was in 1995. 1996 was the last time they appeared in a final.

Manchester United – 3 Titles

Road to victory 2008. Video Credit: Vanemas

The Red Devils don’t have the impact they once had domestically and continentally. They last qualified for the Champions League in 2023/24 but haven’t won since 2008, when Sir Alex Ferguson was the manager. 

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Inter Milan – 3 Titles

Inter Milan lost the Champions League title to Manchester City in 2023. They were playing at this stage for the first time since 2010 when they lifted the title. 

Milan has had mixed fortune in the competition, getting eliminated in the group, round of 16 and quarter-final stages. In 1964 and 1965, they won their first two Champions League trophies.

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Two Titles

Five teams have won two Champions League trophies. 

Among these. Juventus have come the closest to winning more titles. They were runners-up in 2017. Benfica last contested the title in 1990.

Champions League Winners

Club TitlesFinals Appearances
Real Madrid141956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022
AC Milan71963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007
Liverpool61977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005, 2019
Bayern Munich61974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013, 2020
Barcelona 51992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015
Ajax41971, 1972, 1973, 1995
Manchester United31968, 1999, 2008
Inter31964, 1965, 2010
Juventus 21985, 1996
Benfica21961, 1962
Chelsea22012, 2021
Nottingham Forest21979, 1980
Porto21987, 2004
Manchester City12023
Steaua Bucharest11986
Borussia Dortmund11997
Aston Villa11982
PSV Eindhoven11988
Red Star Belgrade11991
Data from UEFA Champions League

The UEFA Champions League trophy remains the most cherished in European club football. It’s the reason why clubs like Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain deploy numerous resources to win it. Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are the finalists this year (2024). Los Blancos has a chance to win el decimoquinto (fifteenth) and Borussia Dortmund, second.

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