The UEFA Champions League is without a doubt the most coveted championship in club football (or the European Cup, as it was known before 1992). Being European champions – football’s superpower — entails being at the peak of club football.
The 32 participants in this premier tournament come from Europe’s top leagues and through qualifications open to clubs from all around the continent. Real Madrid, the Spanish behemoth, has won the most titles. The La Liga heavyweights have won 13 UEFA Champions League trophies, considerably outnumbering their rivals.
AC Milan is in second place with seven UEFA Champions League titles, followed by Bayern Munich (6) and Liverpool (5). (6). Several elite clubs have never held the prized trophy, despite the fact that many clubs have won it countless times.
Surprisingly, several heavyweights on the list should have already won the UEFA Champions League.
Without further ado, here are the Top 5 UEFA Champions League clubs that have never won the competition.
It’s virtually difficult for today’s age to think Arsenal was ever one of the world’s most feared teams.
In 2006, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal team, which contained Robin Van Persie, Sol Campbell, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, and Cesc Fabregas, came closest to winning the Premier League. They did, however, lose to Frank Rijkaard’s Barcelona.
In contrast to the current situation, the north Londoners were regulars in the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League despite failing to win the championship.
Despite routinely qualifying for the competition until 2017, Arsenal has yet to win the UEFA Champions League.
The UEFA Champions League and Spanish teams have a special relationship. The UEFA Champions League has been dominated by La Liga teams more than any other club from Europe’s top five divisions.
Spain has won the Champions League 18 times, compared to 14 for England, 12 for Italy, 8 for Germany, and 1 for France. Valencia, despite being a powerful side in the late 1990s and early 2000s, is a squad that has never won the title.
The Bats had two straight finals appearances under Gaizka Mendieta’s leadership (1999-00 and 2000-01). Regrettably, the Spanish team was defeated on both occasions.
Valencia has stiff competition for a UEFA Champions League qualifying berth in La Liga, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid vying for the top three spots.
#3 Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid, managed by Diego Simeone, has had a number of significant heartbreaks in the UEFA Champions League recently.
Atletico Madrid has emerged as a superpower in recent years after being underdogs in Spain’s premier division. They have won La Liga twice in the previous decade (2013-14 and 2020-21) by outperforming league heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The Rojiblancos won four European medals under Diego Simeone, including two UEFA Europa League titles and two UEFA Super Cups, but failed to win the Champions League despite reaching the finals in 2014 and 2016.
Losing to arch-rival Real Madrid on both occasions added to the club’s and fans’ disappointment. In the 1973-74 season of the competition, the Spanish team likewise reached the final, but lost to Bayern Munich.
Regardless, Atletico Madrid is one of the favorites to win the competition in the foreseeable future.
#2 Paris Saint-Germain
PSG’s rise to prominence was aided by the club’s large-scale acquisitions and recent Ligue 1 dominance. In recent years, PSG has been the transfer market’s biggest winner. They paid a lot of money for Neymar and Mbappe, but they got Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, and Gianluigi Donnarumma for free.
The Parisians are currently home to some of the most gifted players in the world of football. Even while this has helped them dominate the local league, they have yet to replicate this success in the UEFA Champions League.
Despite dominating Ligue 1 during the 2013-14 season, the nine-time French champions have only reached one UEFA Champions League final in their history.
Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos, two of the most experienced and serial winners of the competition, have joined PSG during the present summer transfer window. Let’s see whether that’s enough to bring the UEFA Champions League title to Paris.
#1 Manchester City
Manchester City has dominated the Premier League over the past decade like no other side. In the last ten years, the Sky Blues have won a total of five Premier League championships.
Manchester City has capitalized on the demise of city rivals Manchester United to become the Premier League’s ultimate superpower. Pep Guardiola’s appointment further added to their supremacy, which was restricted to England.
The Cityzens have never advanced past the semi-final stage of any competition, with the exception of the 2021 UEFA Champions League final (which they lost to Chelsea). Pep’s side generally left the UEFA Champions League in the Round of 16 or quarterfinals, despite their league dominance.
Manchester City are considered to be the top candidates to win the UEFA Champions League this season, based on their current form and roster depth. Only time will tell if they live up to their promises.