Highest-scoring clubs in UEFA competition history

As Atlético, Dortmund and Feyenoord approach milestones, we discover the identity of the all-time top scorers and the team with the best goals-per-game ratio.

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Atlético, Dortmund and Feyenoord could all reach goalscoring milestones on matchday three and that got us thinking – who are the most prolific sides in UEFA club competition history? And which teams have got their goals at the quickest rate? Answers below.

Most goals in UEFA club competition

It is perhaps no surprise that Real Madrid top the list – they have participated in UEFA competition in a record 61 seasons out of a possible 63 and their haul of 21 trophies is similarly unprecedented.

Some way behind, Barcelona and Bayern are the nearest challengers followed by Juventus and Benfica. But who would have guessed that Anderlecht have scored more than AC Milan, Ajax, Manchester United and Liverpool – winners of 19 European Cups between them?

Pos. Club Goals Pld Goals per game
1 Real Madrid  1104  520  2.12
2 Barcelona  926  468  1.98
3 Bayern  870  439  1.98
4 Juventus  711  412  1.73
5 Benfica  655  405  1.62
6 Anderlecht  628  392  1.60
7 AC Milan  619  375  1.65
8 Ajax  614  377  1.63
9 Man. United  607  344  1.76
10 Liverpool  590  347  1.70
Selected others
12 Porto  543  359  1.51
14 Celtic  527  336  1.57
17 Atlético Madrid  497  297  1.67
19 Sporting CP  450  291  1.55
26 Tottenham  404  205  1.97
28 Dortmund  399  235  1.70
29 Feyenoord  398  251  1.59
34 Chelsea  378  213  1.77
37 Paris  360  210  1.71
177 Qarabağ  87  86  1.01

Best goals-per-game ratio*

Cheer up! Günter Netzer with the 1970 German title
Cheer up! Günter Netzer with the 1970 German title©AFP

Real Madrid and Barcelona are up there once again – but German clubs have proved the most prolific down the years, making up three of the top four.

Mönchengladbach lead the way, a legacy of the attack-minded side of the 1970s that won five Bundesliga titles and two UEFA Cups, earning the nickname 'Foals'. They once pasted Dortmund 12-0, which remains the biggest ever Bundesliga victory.

Pos. Club Goals per game Pld Goals
1 Mönchengladbach  2.16  165  357
2 Real Madrid  2.12  520  1104
3 Eintracht Frankfurt  2.03  106  215
4 Bayern  1.98  439  870
5 Barcelona  1.98  468  926

The small print
Statistics include the following competitions: UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup, European/South American Cup. Qualifying isn't included.

*Only the 119 clubs that have played 100 games or more are considered.