The Champions League is back!

The greatest club competition in football returns this week – and we can’t wait.

We’re treated to Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid on Tuesday, while contenders Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Liverpool are all in action against Sporting, RB Salzburg and Inter Milan respectively.

Next week sees Chelsea face Lille, Villarreal take on Juventus, Atletico Madrid versus Manchester United and Benfica against Ajax.

And then we get to relive it all during the second legs.

This year’s edition is certainly tough to call. Manchester City are the bookmakers’ favourites but you simply can’t rule out Bayern Munich, Liverpool or Chelsea.

And that’s not even considering a PSG side that boast the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

They will have to get past the most successful side in the competition’s history first, though.

Yes, Real Madrid have won the European Cup a record 13 times and are the greatest ever side in the competition.

If a record 13 trophies isn’t enough to cement their status as the best, then the all-time league table will.

Using ‘World Football’ stats, we’ve compiled an all-time European Cup table and Real Madrid are miles clear at the top.

A total of 353 clubs have played in the European Cup and a full league table can be found here.

But here we’ll bring you the top 100 to have ever played in the European Cup.

1-25

So, Real Madrid are a massive 175 points clear at the top of the table comfortably beating Bayern Munich to first place. Spanish rivals Barcelona are in third with Manchester United and Juventus making up the top five.

AC Milan and Liverpool come next – but both are more than 400 points adrift of Real Madrid.

Portuguese sides Porto and Benfica come next with Ajax rounding up the top 10.

Chelsea (11th), Arsenal (12th), Atletico Madrid (14th), PSG (17th) and Manchester City (23rd) all make the top 25.

26-50

The best of the rest.

There are some pretty decent sides that feature, though.

Roma are 28th, while 1993 Champions League winners Marseille are 30th.

Tottenham just about sneak into the top 50, despite only playing 53 matches in the competition.

51-75

It’s perhaps a surprise to see Napoli (56th) so low, while 2000/01 semi-finalists Leeds United are in 61st following their 38 matches.

Newly formed RB Leipzig have also snuck into the top 75.

76-100

Two victorious English sides scrape into the top 100 with Nottingham Forest (81st) and Aston Villa (94th). Elsewhere, RB Salzburg – who will face Bayern Munich in the last-16 this year – are in 98th place.

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