The Champions League anthem will not resonate in stadiums and lounges for the foreseeable future.
The coronavirus pandemic has seen the first European competition take a back seat and only time will tell how the last knockout games of the 2019/20 season will be played.
But let’s ignore the speculation about one-legged matches or an extravagance of tournaments in Istanbul for a second and throw our minds on why we love the Champions League in the first place.
Return videos have been around recently with so many isolated or stranded people, so it’s inevitable that legendary European teams will be featured.
Some people would say that Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona is the biggest we have ever seen, while others would point to the quintessential AC Milan and Real Madrid teams over the years.
The biggest winners in the Champions League
But whichever team you liked the most, you can’t deny the pleasure of opening a debate on the best teams in the Champions League in history.
And here at GIVEMESPORT, we like TierMaker’s way of dealing with these kinds of quarrels, and we’ve decided to filter out each Champions League winner in our level system.
So yes, it’s every team that has won since 1992 – with the exception of Real Madrid’s hat-trick winners, which we have put together into one – and you can see how we ranked them below:
Better to forget
With players like Didier Deschamps, Abedi Pele and Rudi Voller shining in this remarkable team, which violated one of the greatest defenses of football in the final, this Marseille team is legendary.
So why does it end at the bottom of our ranking? Well, because one wonders if the French side, the only club in his country to have won the competition, should have been stripped of the title.
This is because Marseille saw its Ligue 1 title revoked the same year after its owner Bernard Tapie tried to fix league matches to wait for time to prepare for the European final.
To this day, there remains a stain on the opening year of the Champions League as we know it.
AC Milan (1993/94)
Manchester United (1998/99)
Look, overrating doesn’t mean bad by any stretch of the imagination, every team on this list has won the Champions League and that makes them fantastic on that basis alone. Anyway, the warnings aside …
The Milan team in 1994 was wildly overestimated for the fact that it wiped out Barcelona 4-0 in the final, which – while powerfully impressive – was grossly unrepresentative of their napping football.
Scoring only six goals in six games during the group stages, while winning Serie A by finding the net only 36 times, made this team adept at offside traps almost at times unattainable.
As for United, they deserve to be announced in the history books for winning the three major trophies, but things get much less impressive when you take their Champions League victory in isolation.
This is because they are statistically one of the worst champions in the competition, winning only five games and having both the worst winning rate and the defensive record of any team on this list. Weft.
Mounted their luck
FC Porto (2003/04)
It goes without saying that you are making your own luck in sports. So this category is for teams that have drawn on their underdog minds, which is a very big compliment depending on how you look at it.
Liverpool weren’t quite vintage when it triumphed in 2005 – it was a team that finished fifth in the Premier League, after all – and their semi-final victory over Chelsea remains controversial.
And although we can never deny their incredible character in the final, Milan should have seen the game either by parking the bus or by pulling harder on Andriy Shevchenko.
Chelsea were one of the most surprising winners of all time in 2012 and the fact that they were shot 35-9 for shots in the final highlights how they flew by the seat of their pants that year .
The Blues were terrible during the group stages, needed a spectacular comeback against Napoli, were lucky that Barcelona did not finish them and won penalties when the chips fell.
As for Porto, just look at their last minute equalizer at Old Trafford, the fact that they were second best against Deportivo in the semi-finals and shooting Monaco at the peak to see how fortune favored them.
Middle of the road
Borussia Dortmund (1996/97)
AC Milan (2002/03)
Inter Milan (2009/10)
Real Madrid (1997/98)
Dortmund is arguably the strongest team in this category with heroes like Lars Ricken, Paulo Sousa, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Matthias Sammer finding themselves in a mustache of “ brilliant ” status.
Meanwhile, Milan was rather lackluster in 2003, scoring only four goals in five knockout matches as well as five of six in the group stage were partly responsible for the very first scoreless final.
Depending on what you like, Inter was either a divine level in 2010 or a football travesty with their cunning tactics under Jose Mourinho, so we think putting them in the middle is the right thing to do.
And Real’s very first victory in the Champions League was certainly their weakest, although defeating a Juventus team led by Zinedine Zidane in the final should not be sniffed.
AC Milan (2006/07)
Real Madrid (2001/02)
Bayern Munich (2000/01)
Real Madrid (2013/14)
Manchester United (2007/08)
Real Madrid (1999/00)
A packed category, this one. Milan sets us on the road with a team that has won masterpieces against Bayern, United and Liverpool with a Kaka winner of the Ballon d’Or galloping in their midfield.
Real’s “ Galatico ” also slipped into this level after winning the “ Big Ears ” thanks to Zidane’s legendary volley in Glasgow, forming a coherent team body that would be lost when expenses became uncontrollable.
Bayern are also here as one of the most underrated winning teams in history and the fact that it took a penalty shootout – a cry to Oliver Kahn – to defeat Valencia in the final poor service.
The winners of La Decima comfortably reach this category as the best offensive winners of the modern era, according to statistics, although their triumph in Lisbon over Atletico Madrid was certainly fragile.
Likewise, Barça had a rocky race in their 2006 final against Arsenal, but still overcame strong teams from Chelsea and Milan on their way to glory with Ronaldinho at their best shimmer in attack.
Juventus’ last and distant victory was also won by one of the greatest teams in Europe, of which Alessandro del Piero was the crown jewel, by beating United in the semi-final.
The second Barça team in this tournament was arguably the best avant-garde from Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, brilliantly beating Bayern and Juventus on the road to victory in Berlin.
The winners of United in Moscow are overestimated in the offensive department despite the big names of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, but their mind-blowing defensive record earned them a place in “ brilliant ”. They should always thank John Terry for that, spirit.
And finally, this packed category is completed by a Real team which was on the verge of flourishing in the “ Galaticos ”, but which nevertheless impressed by passing the Spaniards of Valencia 3-0 in the final.
Bayern Munich (2012/13)
Real Madrid (2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18)
Oh mom. Bayern have created one of the best oiled teams in history under Jupp Heynckes: defeating Juventus 2-0 at home and away, annihilating Barcelona 7-0 overall and demanding a final revenge on Bundesliga champions Dortmund in the final.
Ajax could be the most exciting team on the whole list, overthrowing the great Milanese team of the 1990s with a bunch of starlets – Patrick Kluivert, the scorer of the final, to name just one – who would become familiar names.
And it would be foolish not to include Real, which not only became the first team to keep the Champions League trophy, but also to win it three times in a row with final victories over Atletico, Juventus and Liverpool. .
Speaking of which, the Reds were becoming European champions last season, outclassing Bayern and offering a comeback for the ages against Barça. They barely set foot in the final too.
Sorry real fans, but the two Guardiola teams that won the Champions League in Barcelona were worthy of a level alone and we just couldn’t separate this majestic pair of teams.
Admittedly, the 2009 Barça team had a chance in the semifinals with Chelsea, but their 4-0 erasure from Bayern and their 2-0 victory over United in the final have been posted for history books.
Messi led an unstoppable offensive trident with Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry, while the triumvirate of midfielder Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets is arguably the largest ever assembled.
Two years later and many of these players were still around, although we contend that Messi’s new partners from Pedro and David Villa made the attack even more consistent than in 2009.
The three players put their names on the scoresheet in the final at Wembley, again humiliating United after eliminating Arsenal and its bitter rival Real Madrid.
So it would be fair to say that the Champions League has seen more remarkable winning teams over the years and it is incredibly difficult to separate them when they are all so brilliant.
And whether or not you agree that Chelsea 2012 is above 1999 United or any other decision, let us reassure you by saying that the 24 teams have achieved something that many legends have not managed to do.
We simply divided one of the most esteemed levels in all of football into much smaller levels. Think of it as selecting the best from the best.