Stats breakdown: Real Madrid outstrip Barcelona

29 May

Master of the UEFA Champions League stats handbook, UEFA.com’s Mike Hammond picks up the key figures after Real Madrid’s final success against Atlético.


All stats are UEFA Champions League only (and not European Champion Clubs’ Cup) unless otherwise specified

• Real Madrid have maintained their 100% success rate in UEFA Champions League finals, winning five out of five. AC Milan are the only other club to have appeared in more finals – six, only three of which they have won.

• All five of Madrid’s wins have come in even-numbered years, and three of their finals have been against Spanish opposition.

• Madrid have now overtaken domestic rivals Barcelona as the UEFA Champions League-era’s most successful club – with five wins to four. Barça have also contested five finals, their one defeat coming in their first (1994 v Milan).

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• Other than Madrid, the only clubs to boast a 100% record in UEFA Champions League finals are one-time finalists Marseille, Porto and Internazionale.

• Atlético have joined Valencia as the only clubs yet to win the UEFA Champions League who have contested more than one final (two each) in the competition. The one-time losing finalists yet to win the UCL are Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco and Arsenal.

• Likewise, Diego Simeone joins his fellow Argentinian Héctor Cúper (ex-Valencia) as the only coach yet to win the UEFA Champions League who has contested more than one final.

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French pioneer Zinédine Zidane

• Zinédine Zidane is the first French coach to win the UEFA Champions League. France is the eighth nation to have provided a winning coach, with Italy and Spain having supplied the most – six each. Germany (four), the Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland (two apiece) and Belgium (one) are the others. Still no non-European coach has won the UEFA Champions League.

• Zidane is also only the second player to have won the UEFA Champions League as a player and coach – after Frank Rijkaard. He is the first player to have scored in a UEFA Champions League final and won it as coach.

• Eight of the 24 UEFA Champions League finals have now gone to extra time, with seven of those eight matches being decided on penalties. Five of those ended 1-1, including the only other final to have been staged at Milan’s Stadio San Siro, between Bayern and Valencia in 2001.

• 1-1 is now the joint most common scoreline in a UEFA Champions League final along with 2-1 (five each).

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Antoine Griezmann after his penalty miss

• Antoine Griezmann is the fourth player to have missed a penalty in a UEFA Champions League final (shoot-outs excluded, but including Xabi Alonso for Liverpool in 2005, whose shot was saved before he scored from the rebound) – the same number as those successfully converted. The first spot kick missed in a UEFA Champions League final was also in Milan, when Mehmet Scholl failed to convert for Bayern v Valencia in 2001.

• Toni Kroos is the 13th player to have won the UEFA Champions League with more than one club, having previously done so with Bayern in 2013.

• Sergio Ramos is the fifth player to have scored in two UEFA Champions League finals and the first defender among that number, the others being Raúl González, Samuel Eto’o, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

• Yannick Carrasco is the first Belgian player to have scored in a UEFA Champions League final. Players from 20 countries have now registered in the fixture, Spain leading the way with ten scorers. There has yet to be an own goal scored in a UEFA Champions League final.

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