More often than not, it is the goalscorers who steal the headlines but their efforts would be nothing without quality supporting players to provide the assists. Assists can come from anywhere on the pitch whether it is outstanding crosses, mesmerizing cross-field paths or even just a simple, subtle flick. Whatever the contribution might be, they have played a significant role in many of the game’s iconic moments even if it doesn’t receive the same fame and fortune as who finished off the move. So who has the most assists in Champions League history?
Who mas the most Champions League assists ever?
6. Karim Benzema (24 assists)
Having played at an elite level for well over a decade, it is no surprise that Karim Benzema has notched up so many Champions League assists. Having played in the Champions League for both Lyon and Real Madrid, Benzema has been an essential part of many fearsome attacking lineups.
His time with Real has been particularly potent having been involved with attacking trios featuring the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Gonzalo Higuain down the years. Having played over 100 games in the competition, the Frenchman has notched up 24 assists during this time in a career that includes 4 titles of the world’s top club competition.
5. Neymar (26 assists)
Only just entering the prime of his career, Neymar has already cemented himself as one of the most influential forces in European football. The Brazilian superstar has enjoyed plenty of success in the Champions League with both Barcelona and PSG playing almost anywhere within the attacking third.
His pace and technical skills made him a popular inclusion on the wing providing excellent support for many of the best finishers in the game such as Lionel Messi, Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez. With his best figures of 8 assists in the 2016-17 season, his ability to create chances for the best part of a decade has made him a key contributor to many leading successes.
4. Angel Di Maria (27 assists)
Whilst he can sometimes blow hot and cold, there is no denying that Angel Di Maria has been one of Europe’s best wingers for the best part of the last decade. The Argentine midfielder is always within the mix whether it has been for Benfica, Real Madrid, Man United or PSG.
His eye for a pass, blistering pace and set-piece skills always makes him a threat and a key part of any attacking move. DI Maria skillset has grown throughout his career and his 6 assists in the 2019-20 Champions Leaguecompetition was a key part of PSG’s run to the final and outshined everyone else in the competition.
3. Ryan Giggs (30 assists)
With Manchester United having played in the Champions League for the best part of 2 straight decades, it’s no surprise that Ryan Giggs sits near the top of the Champions League assists charts. The Welshman was an ever-present part of Manchester United’s European squads from the mid 1990s to the early 2010s.
His best figures came in the 2006-07 campaign where he notched up 7 assists during United’s run to the semi-finals although key roles in no less than 2 successful European seasons further cemented his place within the top 3. Having also earned a place in the UEFA Champions League team of the decade from 1992-2002, it isn’t hard to see why Giggs is so highly regarded by many football fans.
2. Lionel Messi (34 assists)
Lionel Messi’s mesmerizing form for Barcelona in the Champions League has seen him at the heart of almost every attacking moment for the Spanish giants. With one of the best left foots of all time, Messi has been able to act reliably on the wing as well as a centre forward making him a scary presence in the final third.
His leading 6 Champions League assists in the 2014-15 helped Barcelona to a memorable fourth title within a decade and helped make the Argentine winger become one of the greatest attacking talents football has ever seen.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (37 assists)
Not to be outdone by his longtime arch-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an assists machine for almost two decades leading the charts with 37 Champions League assists. The Portuguese icon has appeared in the club for the best teams in the world albeit be Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus winning a staggering 5 titles during his outstanding career.
His best form was arguably in the 2013-14 season where he notched up 5 assists to complement 17 goals in a season where Real dominated all that came before them. This repeated consistency over the last two decades has helped him lead almost all attacking charts in the competition including the assists column outshining some of the greatest playmakers the game has ever seen.
Honourable mentions: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thomas Muller, Marcelo and Mesut Ozil (22 assists)
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