Champions Leagues most successful teams as LFC and Real Madrid go head-to-head

A competition steeped in history, the Champions League is the pinnacle of European club football.

Two of the competition's most successful ever teams, Real Madrid and Liverpool will go head-to-head on on Saturday, May 28.

It is the third time the two teams have met in the final. Liverpool won the first encounter in 1981, while Gareth Bale's acrobatics stunned the Merseysiders in 2018.

The game's very best, Messi, Ronaldo and Zidane have all graced the competition, but it isn't always the very best players that come out on top, such is the cruelty of the beautiful game.

Incredibly hard to win, for fans watching their team lift the famous Big Ears trophy it can mean the greatest night of their lives, or the night they learn the true meaning of heartbreak.

So who has won the fabled competition the most?

Who has won the Champions League the most?

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Real Madrid has won the Champions League trophy more than any other club with a whopping 13 titles to their prestigious name.

They are way out in front of the nearest challengers, recently crowned Italian champions AC Milan, who have seven.

Real won the first five editions of the competition between 1956 and 1960 and went 32 years between 1966 and 1998 without winning the continent's toughest club competition.

After winning their ninth title in 2002, they went in a desperate search of "La Decima", their 10th title, but did not secure it until a 4-1 victory over local rivals Atletico Madrid in 2014.

Atletico are the club to have reached the final the most times without actually winning it, enduring heartbreak on three occasions. Italian giants Juventus have the most defeats in the final, losing on seven occasions and failing to add to their two titles.

Some more obscure names are dotted about as winners of the competition, such as Steaua Bucharest's win in 1986, Hamburg's title in 1983 and Red Star Belgrade's victory in 1991.

Which English teams have the most Champions League titles?

Liverpool have the most Champions League titles for clubs in England, landing themselves the trophy on six occasions.

The Reds' appearance in Paris this weekend will be the 10th time they have reached the final in their history and they have double the titles of nearest challengers Manchester United.

Only current holders Chelsea and Nottingham Forest are the other English teams to have won the competition more than once and Forest even secured themselves back-to-back titles in 1979 and 1980.

Aston Villa complete the list of English winners with a victory in 1982 over German giants Bayern Munich

Celtic are the only British team not from England to have won the competition after the 'Lisbon Lions' dominated football in 1967.

Some English teams have come in within touching distance of immortal European glory, but fell t the final hurdle. Final losers included Arsenal, Spurs, Leeds United and Manchester City.

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