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Champions League semi-final records and statistics

Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappé and more – from goals and appearances to most wins and youngest scorers, we open the semi-final record book for the lowdown on the greatest last-four feats in the UEFA Champions League and European Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a 2008/09 Champions League semi-final goal in his first spell at Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a 2008/09 Champions League semi-final goal in his first spell at Manchester United Getty Images

Semi-final player records

Most semi-final match appearances

UEFA Champions League
21 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid)
17
Xabi Alonso (Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern München)
16
Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)
16 Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
16 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
16 Toni Kroos (Bayern München, Real Madrid)
15 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
15
Thomas Müller (Bayern München)
14
Dani Alves (Barcelona, Juventus)
14 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
14 John Terry (Chelsea)
14
Edwin van der Sar (Ajax, Manchester United)
14
Víctor Valdés (Barcelona)
14 Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)

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European Cup

21 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid)
19
Paco Gento (Real Madrid)
17 Xabi Alonso (Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern München)
16 Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)
16 Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
16 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
16 Toni Kroos (Bayern München, Real Madrid)
15
Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid)
15
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
15 Thomas Müller (Bayern München)

Cristiano Ronaldo's semi-final goals record

All-time top semi-final scorers

UEFA Champions League
13 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid)
8 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
7 Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern München)
6 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
5 Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)
5 Jari Litmanen (Ajax)
4 Sadio Mané (Liverpool)
4 Thomas Müller (Bayern München)
4 Arjen Robben (Bayern München)
4 Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan)
4 Zinédine Zidane (Juventus, Real Madrid)
4 Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

European Cup
13 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid)
11 Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid)
8 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
7
Ferenc Puskás (Real Madrid)
7 Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern München)
6 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
5 Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)
5 Eusébio (Benfica)
5 Jari Litmanen (Ajax)

Robert Lewandowski's four goals for Dortmund against Madrid

Most goals in a semi-final match & most goals in a semi-final tie

UEFA Champions League/European Cup
4 Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid, 24/04/2013)

Semi-final club records

Most semi-final tie appearances

UEFA Champions League (including 2021/22)
15
Real Madrid
12 Barcelona
12 Bayern München
8 Chelsea
7 Juventus
7 Manchester United

Classic semi-final moments

European Cup (including 2021/22)
31
Real Madrid
20 Bayern München
16 Barcelona
12 AC Milan
12 Juventus
12 Liverpool
12 Manchester United

Most successive appearances

UEFA Champions League/European Cup
8 Real Madrid (2010/11–2017/18)
6 Barcelona (2007/08–2012/13)
5 Real Madrid (1955/56–1959/60)
5 Bayern München (2011/12–2015/16)

Most overall tie wins

UEFA Champions League
8 Real Madrid
6
Juventus
6 Bayern München*
5 AC Milan*
5 Barcelona*
5 Liverpool
4 Manchester United

Classic semi-final moments featuring Ronaldo and Griezmann

European Cup
17 Real Madrid
11 Bayern München*
10
AC Milan*
10 Liverpool
9 Juventus
7 Barcelona*
7 Benfica

Most overall tie losses

UEFA Champions League
7 Barcelona
7 Real Madrid
6 Bayern München
5 Chelsea
4 Monaco*

European Cup
14 Real Madrid
9 Bayern München
9 Barcelona
7 Manchester United
5 Chelsea

*including one-off 1993/94 & 2019/20 ties

Most wins (match)

UEFA Champions League
12 Bayern München
12 Real Madrid
8 Juventus
7 Barcelona
7 Manchester United

European Cup
27 Real Madrid
18 Bayern München
14 Liverpool
12 Juventus
11 AC Milan
11 Manchester United

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Most defeats (match)

UEFA Champions League
11 Real Madrid
9 Barcelona
8 Bayern München
4 Ajax
4 Chelsea
Juventus
4 Liverpool
4 Monaco

European Cup
22
Real Madrid
14 Barcelona
12 Bayern München
8 AC Milan
8 Juventus

Most goals scored

UEFA Champions League
42 Real Madrid
36
Bayern München
30 Juventus
24 Barcelona
21 Liverpool
21 Manchester United

Wijnaldum scored for Liverpool in the 2017/18 semis
Wijnaldum scored for Liverpool in the 2017/18 semis©AFP/Getty Images

European Cup
96 Real Madrid
62 Bayern München
43 Liverpool
41 Juventus
39 AC Milan
34 Barcelona

Most goals conceded

UEFA Champions League
36 Real Madrid
31
Barcelona
31
Bayern München
19 Juventus
17 Chelsea
16 Liverpool
16 Monaco

European Cup
79 Real Madrid
46 Bayern München
45 Barcelona
32 Manchester United
29 Juventus

Biggest win (match)

UEFA Champions League
4-0
Bayern München vs Barcelona (23/04/2013)
0-4
Bayern München vs Real Madrid (29/04/2014)
4-0
Liverpool vs Barcelona (07/05/2019)

European Cup
6-0 Real Madrid vs Zurich (05/05/1964)

Biggest win (aggregate)

UEFA Champions League
7-0 Bayern München vs Barcelona (4-0, 3-0) 2012/13

European Cup
12-4 Eintracht Frankfurt vs Rangers (6-1, 6-3) 1959/60

Watch what happened when Liverpool met Roma in 2018

Most goals in a tie

UEFA Champions League
13 Liverpool 7-6 Roma (5-2, 2-4) 2017/18

European Cup
16 Eintracht Frankfurt 12-4 Rangers (6-1, 6-3) 1959/60

Other semi-final records – oldest player, youngest scorer, shoot-outs and more

UEFA Champions League

Oldest player
41 years 206 days
Mark Schwarzer (Chelsea vs Atlético de Madrid) 30/04/2014

Oldest scorer
37 years 148 days
Ryan Giggs (Schalke 0-2 Manchester United) 26/04/2011

Youngest player
17 years 2 days
Rayan Cherki (Lyon vs Bayern) 19/08/2020

Youngest scorer
18 years, 140 days Kylian Mbappé (Juventus 2-1 Monaco) 09/05/2017

Advanced after losing first leg
0-1h, 3-0a Ajax vs Panathinaikos (1995/96)
1-2a, 3-1h,
Juventus vs Real Madrid (2002/03)
2-3a, 3-0h
AC Milan vs Manchester United (2006/07)
0-1a, 1-0h (4-1p)
Liverpool vs Chelsea (2006/07)
0-3a, 4-0h
Liverpool vs Barcelona (2018/19)
0-1h, 3-2a
 (ag) Tottenham vs Ajax (2018/19)
3-4a, 3-1h Real Madrid vs Manchester City (2021/22)

Ties decided in extra time
Chelsea 1-1, 3-2aet Liverpool (2007/08)
Manchester City 4-3, 1-3aet Real Madrid (2021/22)

Ties decided with penalty shoot-out
Liverpool 4-1 Chelsea (0-1, 1-0) 2006/07
Real Madrid 1-3 Bayern München (1-2, 2-1) 2011/12

European Cup

Best win percentage (ties)

100% Nottingham Forest, Stade de Reims, Valencia (W2 L0)
100% Aston Villa, Bayer Leverkusen, Club Brugge, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fiorentina, Malmö, Partizan, Sampdoria (W1 L0)
87.5% Benfica (W7 L1)
84.6% AC Milan (W11 L2)
83.3% Liverpool (W10 L2)
75% Juventus (W9 L3)
75% Ajax (W6 L2)

Most different representatives by country
10 England
9 Germany
8 France
7 Spain
5 Italy
5 Scotland

Villarreal reached the 2005/06 semi-finals
Villarreal reached the 2005/06 semi-finals©Getty Images

Most semi-final club appearances by country (including 2021/22)
59 Spain (Real Madrid 31, Barcelona 16, Atlético Madrid 6, Valencia 2, Villarreal 2, Deportivo La Coruña 1, Real Sociedad 1)

46 England (Liverpool 12, Manchester United 12, Chelsea 8, Leeds United 3, Manchester City 3, Arsenal 2,  Nottingham Forest 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Aston Villa 1, Derby County 1)

35 Italy (Juventus 12, AC Milan 12, Internazionale Milano 8, Roma 2, Fiorentina 1)

34 Germany* (Bayern München 20 Borussia Dortmund 4, Hamburg 3, Borussia Mönchengladbach 2, Bayer Leverkusen 1, Eintracht Frankfurt 1, Köln 1, Leipzig 1, Schalke 1)

17 France (Monaco 4, Paris Saint-Germain 3, Lyon 2, Marseille 2, Stade de Reims 2, St-Étienne 2, Bordeaux 1, Nantes 1)

14 Netherlands (Ajax 9, PSV Eindhoven 3, Feyenoord 2)

11 Portugal (Benfica 8, Porto 3)

8 Scotland (Celtic 4, Dundee 1, Dundee United 1, Hibernian 1, Rangers 1)

4 Belgium (Anderlecht 2, Club Brugge 1, Standard Liège 1)
4 Romania (Steaua Bucureşti 3, Dinamo Bucureşti 1)
4 Serbia** (Crvena Zvezda 3, Partizan 1)

3 Greece (Panathinaikos 3)
3 Hungary (Újpest 1, Vasas 1, Győr 1)
3
Switzerland (Zürich 2, Young Boys 1)
3
Ukraine*** (Dynamo Kyiv 3)

2 Austria (Rapid Wien 1, Austria Wien 1)
2 Czech Republic**** (Dukla Praha 1, Sparta Praha 1)
2 Sweden (IFK Göteborg 1, Malmö 1)

1 Bulgaria (CSKA Sofia 1)
1 Russia*** (Spartak Moskva 1)
1 Slovakia**** (Spartak Trnava 1)
1 Turkey (Galatasaray 1)

Key
*Includes appearances representing former West Germany and East Germany
**Includes appearances representing former Yugoslavia
***Includes appearances representing former Soviet Union
****Includes appearances representing former Czechoslovakia
Note: there was no 'semi-final' round in 1991/92 and 1992/93, 1993/94 was played over one match