Ranked! EVERY team to have won the Champions League, from worst to best
8. Real Madrid (2014)
As time went by, the elusive decima became a true obsession in Madrid. They waited 12 years before lifting their 10th European Cup/Champions League trophy and achieving that that goal was a major feat under Carlo Ancelotti.
Cristiano Ronaldo had the best scoring record in the competition's history with 17 goals, but it was a real team effort which included some outstanding results. The most incredible of all was the 4-0 demolition of holders Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena in the second leg of the semi-finals, with Sergio Ramos scoring a quick brace to settle the tie.
Before that, the other 2013 finalists – Borussia Dortmund – were demolished 3-0 at Santiago Bernabeu in the quarter-finals. Ronaldo was relatively quiet in the final against Atletico Madrid, who came so close to winning, but Sergio Ramos scored the injury-time equaliser before three extra-time goals sealed the decima in style.
7. Ajax (1995)
They might not have been one of the very best teams ever, but this Ajax vintage were certainly one of the most popular winners. The young team assembled by Louis van Gaal was a joy to watch. With the veteran Frank Rijkaard guiding them from defensive midfield, the likes of Clarence Seedorf, Edgar Davids, Jari Litmanen, Finidi George and Marc Overmars flourished.
Milan were considered the strongest team in the world at the time, but Ajax managed to beat them three times – twice in the group stage and then on the most important stage in Vienna, when 18-year-old Patrick Kluivert entered as a substitute to become the youngest-ever scorer in the final. This was a win of historic proportions, with Van Gaal and many of his troops proceeding to have great careers.
6. Real Madrid (2017)
Real were imperious throughout the 2016/17 Champions League, disposing of Napoli, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in the knockout stages. Their opponents in the final were a strong Juventus side bent on adding a Champions League to their domestic dominance – but Real brushed them aside, strolling out 4-1 winners in Cardiff.
This was an imposing team, marshalled by Sergio Ramos at the back, while Toni Kroos and Luka Modric controlled midfield and Cristiano Ronaldo scored 12 goals in attack. The fact that Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata came off the bench in the final tells you all you need to know about the depth of quality of a side which delivered Real’s first Liga and European Cup double since 1958.
5. Real Madrid (2018)
Real Madrid of 2018 were very similar to their crop of 2017. They might have been less successful in La Liga, but their path to the Champions League final was as hard as it possibly could have been, against PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich. They scored two of the best goals in the competition history with a pair of obscene overhead kicks.
Cristiano Ronaldo's wondergoal against future club Juve, and Gareth Bale's winner against Liverpool in the Kiev showpiece, will be remembered for decades to come. It was only logical that Zinedine Zidane decided to step aside after lifting the trophy – Los Blancos had reached the pinnacle.
4. Barcelona (2015)
This was the season when the world witnessed the MSN trio for the first time, and it was quite a show. Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez established a phenomenal mutual understanding and swept aside all-comers on their way to winning the treble.
One of the best teams in history, Barcelona easily knocked out the champions of England (Manchester City), the champions of France (PSG) and the champions of Germany (Bayern Munich) before beating the champions of Italy (Juventus) in the final. The MSN trio scored 27 goals between them, but the pick of them belonged to Messi who had fun with Bayern's Jerome Boateng in the 3-0 win at the Camp Nou.
3. Bayern Munich (2013)
Jupp Heynckes wasn't the luckiest coach throughout his career, and the unfair dismissal from Real Madrid in 1998 is a good example of that – but it all came together for him in his last season, as the veteran specialist won the treble before retiring.
His Bayern were a terrific side in 2012/13, as they found the perfect balance between attack and defence. They almost toyed with their opponents, beating Juventus 2-0 home and away in the quarter-finals, then thrashing Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate in the semis. Even Arjen Robben broke his habit of wasting chances when it mattered most to score a dramatic winner two minutes from full time in the final against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. A team to remember and cherish.
2. Manchester United (1999)
Alex Ferguson and his players won their treble in the most incredible fashion imaginable. Manchester United were the team of ultimate winners this season, responsible for a dramatic comeback both in the semi-finals and in the final.
Everyone remembers the wild scenes at Camp Nou, but even to reach the big stage United had to overcome a strong Juventus from a terrible position: having drawn 1-1 at Old Trafford they trailed 2-0 in the second leg in Turin. There was seemingly no hope, but Roy Keane, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole scored to make it 3-2, and the team felt anything was possible – even with key players Keane and Paul Scholes suspended for the final against Bayern Munich.
The Germans probably deserved to win, but two David Beckham corners in injury time resulted in goals for Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Those heroics and the thrilling football the team played in getting there made this team one of the best in history.
1. Barcelona (2009)
To put it simply, the first season of Pep Guardiola at Barcelona was his best. This was the purest team the famous coach has ever built, before becoming obsessed with tactical changes. The 2008/09 model of Barça were outstanding to watch – they played fluent team football without specific superstars standing out, before everything had to be adjusted for Lionel Messi.
Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets were close to perfection at times, and that team also included Yaya Toure in his prime, while Samuel Eto'o starred alongside Thierry Henry in his last season at Camp Nou. They might have been lucky with refereeing decisions in the semi-finals against Chelsea, but their 4-0 demolition of Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals was amazing, while the 2-0 win over Manchester United in the final at Stadio Olimpico was overwhelming. This treble-winning side are the best Champions League winners by a distance.