The Players With the Most Champions League Final Appearances - Ranked

Paolo Maldini
One club man Maldini tops the charts | Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

Heading into one of the most hotly anticipated Champions League finals of recent memory, the build up is always dominated with statistics galore.

Whether it's goals scored, previous encounters or historical omens, we get bombarded with figures that add layers of excitement on an already enticing affair.

One of Europe's most successful clubs, Bayern Munich, take on one of Europe's most rookie clubs, Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday's showpiece, but how do the players taking part stack up against the stalwarts of the competition?

For many involved, it will be their first taste of a this particular final, leaving them with plenty of work to do to match the accomplishments of the legends listed below.

Here are the players with the most Champions League final appearances.

20. Edgar Davids

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Edgar Davids playing for Juventus against Manchester United | Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

Appearances: 4
Success Rate: 25%

Dutchman Edgar Davids tasted success in the Champions League with Ajax on his first ever appearance in the final in 1994/95, however his next three outings all ended in defeat with Ajax and Juventus respectively.

19. Alessandro Del Piero

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Del Piero rocking a bandana with the Italian Dean Windass | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Appearances: 4
Success Rate: 25%

Like Davids, Alessandro Del Piero was victorious in the first of his four finals in a penalty shootout win over Ajax, before falling short in his next three - all with Juventus.

18. Ryan Giggs

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Giggs proving he really is a Welsh dragon | Getty Images/Getty Images

Appearances: 4
Success Rate: 50%

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs enjoyed mixed success in the competition, winning the title in finals against Bayern Munich and Chelsea, but coming up short on both occasions the Red Devils faced Barcelona.

17. Andrea Pirlo

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Pirlo showing us what the underside of the trophy looks like | Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Appearances: 4
Success Rate: 50%

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo lifted the Champions League twice with fellow Serie A side AC Milan, but was a losing finalist with I Rossoneri in 2005 and then ten years later suffered the same fate with team he now manages.

16. Fernando Morientes

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Morientes was part of Real Madrid's 1998 winning side. | JACQUES DEMARTHON/Getty Images

Appearances: 4
Success Rate: 75%

Success with Real Madrid on three occasions was spread out over just five seasons for Fernando Morientes, with his only defeat coming in 2003/04 as Monaco lost 3-0 to Porto.

15. Marcelo

UEFA Champions League final - "Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid"
Marcelo's story from the favela to super stardom is quite a wholesome tale | VI-Images/Getty Images

Appearances: 4
Success Rate: 100%

Prepare for a hint of repetition coming up.

Marcelo is one of a plethora of Real Madrid stars who've dominated the competition this decade, never tasting defeat in on the four occasions he reached that stage.

14. Dani Carvajal

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Carvajal is grossly underrated given what he's achieved in his career | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Appearances: 4
Success Rate: 100%

Taking up his place on the right hand side of the Madrid back four is Dani Carvajal, who claimed glory in all of the same occasions as Marcelo.

13. Sergio Ramos

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Ramos came up with one of the ultimate clutch Champions League goals | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Appearances: 4
Success Rate: 100%

Just to the left of Carvajal is Sergio Ramos, who, above his teammates, can boast winning the trophy as captain.

12. Luka Modric

UEFA Champions League final - "Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid"
He's done alright, has Modric. | VI-Images/Getty Images

Appearances: 4
Success Rate: 100%

Croatian creator Luka Modric may have suffered a crushing defeat in a World Cup final, but he has never ended up on the losing side in the Champions League, which all came with, you guessed it, Madrid.

11. Isco

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Isco looking pretty chuffed with himself. | Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Appearances: 4
Success Rate: 100%

Isco is four letters long, the same amount of times he's reached, and won, the Champions League final.

10. Karim Benzema

UEFA Champions League"Real Madrid v Liverpool FC"
The classic 'I've won this many and you haven't' pose | VI-Images/Getty Images

Appearances: 4
Success Rate: 100%

Real Madrid's most recent victory in the competition included a bizarre goal by the French striker, thanks to good old Loris Karius.

9. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale
Scorer of the greatest goal in Champions League. No debate. | Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

Appearances: 4
Success Rate: 100%

While all Gareth Bale's Los Blancos teammates can have their share in the spoils, none of them have scored twice in a final and none of them scored the greatest goal in the history of the Champions League.

Sorry Zinedine Zidane, you know it's true.

8. Xavi

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How many, Xavi? | VI-Images/Getty Images

Appearances: 4
Success Rate: 100%

Heading over to Catalonia, Xavi secured four Champions League crowns at Barcelona, playing an integral part of one of the greatest sides the competition has ever seen.

His four successes include victory over Arsenal, Manchester United twice and one against Juventus - which was his 767th and final outing for the club.

7. Andres Iniesta

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How many, Andres? | PATRIK STOLLARZ/Getty Images

Appearances: 4
Success Rate: 100%

Andres Iniesta and Xavi came as a package. An inseparable midfield duo who sat atop a perch all of their own for years on end.

So naturally, they won the Champions League together every time they reached the final.

6. Patrice Evra

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1/5 is better than 0/5. | Clive Mason/Getty Images

Appearances: 5
Success Rate: 25%

If you reach five finals then surely, surely you have to win one, right? Fortunately for Patrice Evra he did, doing so on his second attempt after losing the 2004 final with Monaco.

Victory over Chelsea with United was followed by two more Red Devils defeats and one with Juventus in 2015.

5. Edwin van der Sar

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Van der Sar's penalty save secured the 2008 title | FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

Appearances: 5
Success Rate: 40%

After lifting the trophy with Ajax in 1995, Edwin van der Sar had to wait another 13 years before he could be victorious again, doing so in the pouring Moscow rain with a penalty shootout save that ensured United triumphed over Chelsea.

His losses came with Ajax in 1996, and with the Red Devils in 2009 and 2011.

4. Clarence Seedorf

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Seedorf celebrating Milan's 2007 triumph with Kaka. | FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

Appearances: 5
Success Rate: 80%


The only player in history to win the Champions League with three different teams, Clarence Seedorf's successes with Ajax, Madrid and Milan are worthy of their own list.

He won it twice with I Rossoneri, but his only loss in such a final also came with the Italian side, in that infamous penalty shootout defeat to Liverpool in 2005.

3. Toni Kroos

UEFA Champions League"Juventus FC v Real Madrid"
Five finals in eight years? Selfish. | VI-Images/Getty Images

Appearances: 5
Success Rate: 80%

In the space of just eight years, Toni Kroos has reached a whopping five finals, twice with Bayern and three times with Madrid.

Defeat on home soil with Die Roten in 2012 was followed up with victory the following year against Borussia Dortmund, before he became part of the historic Madrid side later that decade.

2. Paolo Maldini

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Maldini has reached eight finals if you include the old European Cup format.. | PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images

Appearances: 6
Success Rate: 50%

If we were including European Cups than Paolo Maldini would top the lot with eight appearances overall, but even discounting his two finals in the previous classification, no player has appeared in more Champions League showpieces than the Italian defender.

All of his outings came with Milan, triumphing in 1994, 2003 and 2007, but losing out in 1993, 1995 and 2005.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

UEFA Champions League"Real Madrid v Liverpool FC"
Stop bragging Cristiano. | VI-Images/Getty Images

Appearances: 6
Success Rate: 83.33%

The competition's all-time leading scorer also has the best success rate of the players to have reached the final stage on six occasions.

Cristiano Ronaldo's first victory with United in 2008 was followed by defeat to Barcelona the following season, but since then he's been imperious with Madrid, winning the title in four out of the five seasons from 2013/14-2017/2018.

A league of his own.