Most appearances by a Welsh player in the European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

151: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
61: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid)
50: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
26: Ian Rush (Liverpool, Newcastle)
20: Adam Matthews (Celtic)
20: Aeron Edwards (The New Saints)
19: Craig Bellamy (Newcastle, Liverpool)
19: John Hartson (Celtic)
19: Joe Ledley (Celtic)
19: Gary Speed (Leeds, Newcastle)
18: Simon Spender (The New Saints)
16: Greg Draper (The New Saints)
15: Matty Williams (Rhyl, The New Saints)

Top-scoring Welsh players in the European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)


Watch THAT Bale overhead kick in the 2018 final

30: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
20: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid)
14: Ian Rush (Liverpool, Newcastle)
11: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
4: Craig Bellamy (Newcastle, Liverpool)
4: Cliff Jones (Tottenham Hotspur)
4: Matty Williams (Rhyl, The New Saints)
3: John Hartson (Celtic)

Most appearances by Welsh players in UEFA club competition*

159: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
84: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid)
59: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
56: Gary Speed (Leeds, Newcastle, Bolton)
50: John Toshack (Cardiff, Liverpool)
44: Mark Hughes (Manchester United, Bayern München, Chelsea)
43: Ian Rush (Liverpool, Juventus, Newcastle)
41: John Hartson (Arsenal, Celtic)
40: Craig Bellamy (Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester City)
39: Ben Davies (Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur)
35: Mike England (Tottenham Hotspur)

Top-scoring Welsh players in UEFA club competition*

Giggs, Bale, Rush: Great goals from Welsh legends


Giggs, Bale, Rush: Great goals from Welsh legends

30: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
24: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid)
21: Ian Rush (Liverpool, Juventus, Newcastle)
20: John Toshack (Cardiff, Liverpool)
16: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
15: Craig Bellamy (Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester City)
12: Dean Saunders (Liverpool, Aston Villa, Galatasaray, Bradford City)
11: Mark Hughes (Manchester United, Bayern München, Chelsea)

First Welshman to play in a European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Terry Yorath (Bayern München 2-0 Leeds United, 1975)

First Welshman to win the European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League
Joey Jones (Liverpool 3-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach, 1977)

First Welshman to score in a European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid 4-1 Atlético Madrid, aet, 2014)

Watch Ryan Giggs' 2008 triumph


Watch Ryan Giggs’ 2008 triumph

Welsh European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League winners
Ian Rush (Liverpool 1-1 Roma, aet Liverpool win 4-2 on pens, 1984)
Ryan Giggs (Manchester United 2-1 Bayern München, 1999)
Ryan Giggs (Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea, aet United win 6-5 on pens, 2008)
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid 4-1 Atlético Madrid, aet, 2014)
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético Madrid, aet Real Madrid win 5-3 on pens, 2016)
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus, 2017)
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool, 2018)

Other Welsh European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League runners-up
Ian Rush (Juventus 1-0 Liverpool, 1985)
Ryan Giggs (Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United, 2009)
Ryan Giggs (Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United, 2011)

First Welshman to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup
Cliff Jones (Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Atlético Madrid, 1963)

First Welshman to win the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
Mike England (Tottenham Hotspur 3-2agg Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1972)

First Welshman to score in a UEFA final
Mike England (Tottenham Hotspur 2-4agg Feyenoord, 1974 UEFA Cup)

First Welshman to appear in a UEFA final for a non-UK team
Nick Deacy (PSV Eindhoven 3-0agg Bastia, 1978 UEFA Cup)

*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup


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