UEFA has revealed the Champions League club of the decade and it’s none other than Real Madrid, the maximum winner of the competition. They had a terrific run from 2014 through 2018, but their dominance wasn’t as clear as people would expect.
Carlo Ancelotti led to Real to ‘La Decima’ in 2014 before Zinedine Zidane won the Spanish side’s 11th, 12th and 13th European titles from 2016-2018. That said, it’s not a shock Los Blancos lead the table for the Champions League this decade.
However, when you see the second spot and the difference between them, things get a little odd. Right behind Real Madrid we have Bayern Munich with 11 points of difference, despite the Germans only winning one title. Barcelona sit in third, just a point behind Bayern despite two titles.
One thing these three sides have in common is that they didn’t miss a single edition of the tournament during the decade. Even Juventus, ranking 4th in the top, missed out in 2010/11 and 2011/12, before winning Serie A eight years in-a-row and getting to two Champions League finals.
Moreover, we find Manchester City as the highest-ranked English team on the list, despite only been to two semi-finals and failed to make it to their first final. Speaking on that note, Liverpool’s title in 2019 and final in 2018 isn’t enough to see them get into the top 10 as they also spent six seasons out of the competition.
Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb is the most surprising club in the ranking. They have missed only two editions of the tournament, but don’t always make it out of the Group Stages after playing in qualifying rounds.
Still, they have won 35 of their 80 games and only have two points less than Manchester United in the competition in the past 10 years.