Masters of Europe – The managers with the most Champions League wins since 1992


Sir Alex Ferguson 3rd 

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Since the re-format in 1992, Europe’s top club competition, the Champions League, has provided a of plethora of spine-tingling moments. From Liverpool’s famous comeback in Istanbul against AC Milan, to Barcelona’s 6-1 turnaround against PSG at the Camp Nou, the competition has had everything. Since the transformation in the early 1990’s, Real Madrid have won the most titles, with eight Champions League victories in just 31 seasons.

Cristiano Ronaldo leads the goalscoring charts with 140 goals in the Champions League, beating Lionel Messi’s 129 strikes, but who are the managers with the most wins in Europe’s top competition since 1992? Some tactical masterminds have managed their way to Champions League glory over the past three decades. We take a look at the coaches with the most individual wins to their names in the most coveted of club tournaments. 

The 10 managers with the most wins in the Champions League

Coming in at first place with 115 wins is the legendary Italian Carlo Ancelotti. As can be seen above the current Real Madrid manager has won the Champions League four times – twice with the ‘Los Blancos’ and twice with AC Milan in the early 2000’s. No manager can match the amount of wins the Italian has had in the competition. The 64 year old has managed eight different clubs in the Champions League. Ancelotti’s Real Madrid are half-way to the quarter-finals this season, looking to defend their 1-0 away win at the Bernabeu against RB Leipzig this Wednesday. 

In second place is Manchester City’s serial winner Pep Guardiola with 108 Champions League wins. The Spaniard won it twice with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, before finally lifting the trophy again last season with Man City – the club’s first ever title. The Sky Blues are the favourites to be victorious again this season. Guardiola has managed Man City, Barca and Bayern Munich in the competition. The manager with the third most wins is from the other half of Manchester. Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has 105 Champions League wins to his name, and won it in both 1999 and 2008. 

In fourth place is the first boss on the list who never won the Champions League. Former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger managed 88 wins in Europe’s top competition, but the closest he got to winning the tournament was in 2006 where his Arsenal team were beaten by Barcelona in the final. Completing the top five is ‘the special one’ José Mourinho with 80 wins for six separate clubs. The Portuguese manager won the tournament twice – an incredible campaign with Porto in 2004 and with Inter Milan in 2010.

In sixth place is Louis van Gaal, who managed 57 Champions League victories. The Dutchman won it Ajax in 1995. Seventh spot goes to departing Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp with also 57 wins but taking six more games to achieve it. Klopp won it with Liverpool in 2019, and was a beaten finalist with Borussia Dortmund in 2013. In eighth is Rafa Benitez who masterminded Liverpool’s famous comeback Champions League final victory in Istanbul in 2005. He won 55 games. Ninth place goes to Diego Simeone who has twice been a beaten finalist as Atletico Madrid manager and has 50 wins, and finishing the top 10 is German Ottmar Hitzfeld with 47 wins –  he won the Champions League with both Dortmund and Bayern.


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