Raul Is the best player in the history of the Champions League?

Raul Is the best player in the history of the Champions League?

Ryan Giggs walks this week to the record books of the Champions League. Welsh international meet 145 matches with Manchester United in Champions League. A milestone that will surpass Raul Gonzalez and will take the lead as the most capped player in the continental showpiece.

A collation of this, Today we ask is what is the best player in the history of Champions (understood as, its creation from the season 92-93, it was called the European Cup before). For it, We see possible five names that will undoubtedly have marked time in the most prestigious competition in the world at club level:

1- Raúl González: I possibly the great favorite to win the honorary title. The first player still games (144) and the top scorer in the competition with 72 goals. Won three Champions, two of them marked in end. A myth that averaged 0,49 goals per game. Even when he was transferred to Schalke, the 7 He had in his hand to win the competition.

Raul scored in the eighth and ninth.
Raul scored in the eighth and ninth.

2- Ryan Giggs: It may well be Paul Scholes, David Beckham but we catch Welsh being the most representative of them in terms of matches played. 144 will be many more in the coming months catapulted him as an idol in Old Trafford. Speed, overflow, and even scored part of the repertoire of this spectacular and long-lived footballer.

3- Paolo Maldini: five European Cups, three under the name of Champions and 140 nights hearing the anthem with AC Milan. Enough arguments already complemented by style, placement, effectiveness, technical and countless races left side and the rear center rossonera.


Pos. First name nationality PJ G Prom. Debut clubs
1 Raúl González Flag of Spain.svg Spain 144
71 0.49 1995-96 Real Madrid C. F., FC Schalke 04
= Ryan Giggs Flag of Wales Gales 144
30 0.21 1992-93 Manchester United F. C.
3 Paolo Maldini Flag of Italy.svg Italy 140
3 0.02 1984-85 A. C. Milan
4 Xavi Hernandez Flag of Spain.svg Spain 138
11 0.08 1997-98 F. C. Barcelona
5 Clarence Seedorf Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 131
12 0.09 1991-92 Inter de Milan, Ajax Amsterdam, Real Madrid C. F., A. C. Milan
6 Iker Casillas Flag of Spain.svg Spain 130
0 0 1998-99 Real Madrid C. F.
7 Paul Scholes England flag England 130
25 0.19 1993-94 Manchester United F. C.
8 Roberto Carlos Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 128
17 0.13 1995-96 Real Madrid C. F., Fenerbahçe SK
9 Carles Puyol Flag of Spain.svg Spain 119
2 0.02 1999-00 F. C. Barcelona
10 Andriy Shevchenko Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine 116
59 0.51 1993-94 FC Dynamo Kyiv, A. C. Milan, Chelsea FC

4- Clarence Seedorf: the player with more titles of Champions with four and also with the peculiarity get three different teams (Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan twice). A creative midfielder but destructor, with defensive virtues but able to get a goal from anywhere in the field. Fifth most capped player, Dutch still giving away nights of glory in Brazil.

5- Xavi Hernandez: many would seem more logical to include Messi, 62 goals and certainly in the future the best player in the history of the competition, but still not put Xavi seems a sacrilege. Because Catalan is the image of Barcelona in the last decade, the engine on which everything revolved Can Barca and besides it the fourth most capped player in the competition (138).


Pos. First name nationality G PJ Prom. Debut clubs
1 Raul Gonzalez Blanco Spanish flag Spain 71 144 0.49 1995 Real Madrid, FC Schalke 04
2 Lionel Messi Argentina's flag Argentina 62 80 0.78 2004 F. C. Barcelona
3 Ruud van Nistelrooy Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 60 81 0.74 1998 PEN, Manchester United F. C., Real Madrid, Hamburg
4 Andriy Shevchenko Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 59 116 0.51 1994 Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea
5 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal's flag Portugal 54 96 0.56 2003 Manchester United, Real Madrid
6 Thierry Henry Flag of France France 51 115 0.44 1995 A. S. Monaco F. C., Arsenal, F. C. Barcelona
7 Filippo Inzaghi Italian flag Italy 50 85 0.59 1995 Parma, Juventus, Milan
8 Alessandro Del Piero Italian flag Italy 44 92 0.48 1993 Juventus
9 Didier drogba Flag of Ivory Coast Ivory Coast 40
82 0.49 2003 Marsella, Chelsea, Galatasaray
10 Fernando Morientes Spanish flag Spain 33 93 0.35 1995 Real Madrid C. F., A. S. Monaco F. C., Liverpool, Valencia C. F., Marsella
Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982


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