Top 10 Champions League appearances by Premier League players in history



Since UEFA’s decision to refresh Europe’s biggest cup competition in 1992, the Champions League has provided a lot of drama for supporters of English clubs.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool triumphed on the bigger stage while Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Arsenal all managed to reach the final in the 21st century.

As a result of the success of the aforementioned clubs, many players have made a plethora of appearances in this particular competition.

Here we take a look at the 10 players who have played the most for Premier League teams in the Champions League.

Check out the list below …

10. Jamie Carragher – Liverpool (80 appearances)

Jamie Carragher played 80 games in the Champions League for Liverpool during his rich career.

The defender helped the Reds win the tournament in 2005 with their famous penalty shootout victory over AC Milan in Istanbul.

9. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United (85 appearances)

Wayne Rooney made an immediate impression in Europe’s biggest knockout competition, scoring a hat-trick in his first appearance for Manchester United in that tournament against Fenerbahce in 2004.

The striker would continue to feature on 85 times in the Champions League because he played a key role in helping the Red Devils reach three finals.

8. Rio Ferdinand – Leeds United and Manchester United (93 appearances)

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Rio Ferdinand featured on seven times for Leeds United in the Champions League before sealing a move to rival Manchester United in 2002.

The defender then made 86 appearances for the Red Devils in that particular competition before ending his career in 2015 after a brief stint with the Queens Park Rangers.

7. Petr Cech – Chelsea and Arsenal (99 appearances)

Petr Cech became a hero among Chelsea fans in 2012 saving two penalties in their shootout victory in the Champions League final.

The keeper, who also represented Arsenal in this competition, made 99 Champions League appearances for the English teams during his career.

6. Frank Lampard – Chelsea and Manchester City (105 appearances)

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After narrowly missing out on Champions League victory in 2008, Frank Lampard had to wait four years before finally realizing his dream of winning the tournament with Chelsea.

The former England international, who has also played three times for Manchester City in this tournament, has made a total of 105 Champions League matches during his brilliant career.

5. Ashley Cole – Arsenal & Chelsea (106 appearances)

Before sealing a controversial move to Chelsea in 2006, Ashley Cole made 45 appearances for Arsenal in this competition.

Cole would continue to appear on 61 times for Chelsea as he ultimately won his first and what turned out to be his only Champions League title in 2012.

4. John Terry – Chelsea (109 appearances)

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Despite not making the 2012 Champions League final for Chelsea due to a suspension, John Terry still decided to get involved in the post-game celebrations as he paraded on the ground in a complete kit.

During his career, the former England international has made 109 appearances in this competition for the Blues.

3. Gary Neville – Manchester United (110 appearances)

A one-club man, Gary Neville won the Champions League twice with Manchester United before retiring in 2011.

Full back made 110 appearances in this particular competition for the Red Devils.

2. Paul Scholes – Manchester United (124 appearances)

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Another Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes achieved memorable performances in the Champions League during his time at Old Trafford.

The mercurial midfielder featured on 124 times in this competition as he helped his team emerge victorious in 1999 and 2008.

1. Ryan Giggs – Manchester United (145 appearances)

The player with the most Champions League appearances for a Premier League club is Ryan Giggs who has featured on 145 times in this competition (excluding qualifying matches) during his career.

The winger provided vital help in equalizing Teddy Sheringham in the 1999 final the Red Devils would win in stoppage time.

Giggs then scored what turned out to be the winning penalty kick in United’s Champions League final victory over Chelsea in 2008.


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