In the early morning of October 21, Beijing time, the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League officially kicked off. At this time, it was only 58 days, less than two months, after the Champions League final of last season. This will be the 66th Champions League and the 29th since the restructuring. Before the game begins, we might as well take a look at several historical data of the Champions League.
First, the number of championships. Real Madrid is naturally at the top of the list with 13 titles, the last time it won in 2018. AC Milan ranked second with 7 crowns, but the most recent win was in 2007. The defending champions Bayern, and Liverpool have the same 6 crowns, they are the champions of the last two seasons. Barcelona has 5 crowns, Ajax has 4 crowns, Inter Milan and Manchester United have 3 crowns each, and Juventus has 2 crowns.
Second, the number of entries. Real Madrid is about to usher in its 51st UEFA Champions League journey, worthy of being the "King of the Champions League", far ahead of other opponents. The second most is Benfica, who has played 39 times and missed the Champions League this season. Bayern, Jiafu and Dynamo Kyiv will all have their 37th expedition. Juventus is the 35th, Barcelona is the 31st, and Manchester United is the 29th.
Third, the number of player appearances. The historical champion of the Champions League is Casillas, who made 181 appearances, but he has retired. Ranked second is the current king Cristiano Ronaldo with 174 games. The gap between the two is only 7 games. If Juventus successfully advances to the knockout rounds, the president is expected to surpass the former Real Madrid teammates and create a new record! Then came Harvey in 157 games, Giggs in 151 games, and Raul in 144 games. Messi is the second active player, 143 games, about to tie the Lord of the Rings.
Fourth, the historical scorer list. Cristiano Ronaldo topped the list with 131 goals! Messi ranked second with 115 goals, 16 goals behind the former. Then came Raul with 71 goals, Lewande with 68 goals, Benzema with 65 goals, Ruud van Nistelrooy with 60 goals, and so on. Raul's third-placed throne will probably be surpassed by Lewandard this season.