Listed: The biggest Champions League wins ever

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Although Europe's top club competition can produce some incredibly competitive match-ups, it is not immune from one-sided encounters

The Champions League loves to present itself as the pinnacle of sporting competition in the club game. And while it often does create some of the most intense sport on the planet, it has also thrown up some pretty unbalanced affairs.

Things weren't always this way, but the widening financial chasm between the haves and have-nots in European football means blowouts have become increasingly common in the 21st century.

GOAL takes a look at the biggest Champions League victories - or losses, depending on your perspective - of all time...

  1. Manchester City 7-0 RB Leipzig (March 14, 2023)

    #14 Manchester City 7-0 RB Leipzig (March 14, 2023)

    Drubbings in the group stages are somewhat understandable, given the gulf in class that often exists between some teams. However, one would expect that a blowout could never happen in the round of 16?

    Manchester City defied this logic in 2023, putting RB Leipzig to the sword in the second leg of the pair's knockout tie.

    The reverse fixture ended 1-1, and before kick off there were even whispers that the Bundesliga side could complete an unlikely upset. Two goals in 78 seconds from Erling Haaland ended those foolish notions, with the Norwegian netting three more times before being hooked in the second half.

    Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne also converted to complete a famous rout.

  2. Manchester City 7-0 Schalke (March 12, 2019)
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    #13 Manchester City 7-0 Schalke (March 12, 2019)

    Considering their struggles during the 2020s, it is hard to believe that Schalke were in the Champions League as recently as 2019.

    Fans of Die Knappen will likely want to forget it too, as they were handed a spanking by Man City - again in the round of 16. Six different scorers compounded Schalke's misery, with Sergio Aguero grabbing a brace and Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus also getting on the scoresheet.

    The German side have not returned to European competition in any capacity since that disastrous night in Manchester.

  3. Liverpool 7-0 Spartak Moscow (December 6, 2017)
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    #12 Liverpool 7-0 Spartak Moscow (December 6, 2017)

    This was the season when Liverpool finally arrived under Jurgen Klopp, and their dominant victory over Spartak Moscow in the Champions League group stages offered a hint of the things to come.

    Philippe Coutinho was the standout performer, helping himself to a hat-trick, while Sadio Mane registered a brace. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah netted, too.

  4. Maribor 0-7 Liverpool (October 17, 2017)
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    #11 Maribor 0-7 Liverpool (October 17, 2017)

    Just weeks before they tore Spartak Moscow apart, the Reds also humiliated Maribor in the Champions League.

    This 7-0 victory was even more impressive in some ways, as Liverpool were away from home - it remains the biggest win ever recorded by an English team on the road in Europe.

    Again, the goalscoring was shared around. Firmino and Salah each grabbed two, while Coutinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold added gloss to the scoreline.

    After the game, Klopp was understandably delighted, telling reporters: "I was told about the record after the game and I didn't know. The wonderful history of this club can feel like a backpack at times, so it is nice to write our own good piece of the history. It will be difficult to beat that record."

  5. Barcelona 7-0 Celtic (September 13, 2016)
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    #10 Barcelona 7-0 Celtic (September 13, 2016)

    Celtic completed one of the great Champions League shocks in 2012-13 when, buoyed by a goal from European debutant Tony Watt, they beat a Barcelona side including Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi 2-1.

    There was to be no repeat four years later though, with the Blaugrana enacting a brutal revenge. Messi got a hat-trick - with his first goal coming inside three minutes - and Luis Suarez scored two as Barca pressed home their dominance.

    The Hoops' starting XI that day included Kieran Tierney, Kolo Toure and Scott Sinclair.

  6. Bayern Munich 7-0 Shakhtar Donetsk (March 11, 2015)
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    #9 Bayern Munich 7-0 Shakhtar Donetsk (March 11, 2015)

    Shakhtar Donetsk are a team with impressive Champions League pedigree, but that does not mean they haven't been prone to a thrashing - even in the last 16.

    The Ukrainian side would have been hopeful of a result in Bavaria after drawing the first leg 0-0. Their optimism would prove misplaced though, as Bayern Munich opened the scoring through a Thomas Muller penalty inside just four minutes.

    Goals from Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and another from Muller put Die Roten firmly in control by the 51st minute, before strikes from Holger Badstuber, Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze turned it into a rout.

  7. BATE Borisov 0-7 Shakhtar Donetsk (October 21, 2014)

    #8 BATE Borisov 0-7 Shakhtar Donetsk (October 21, 2014)

    Perhaps Bayern's battering of Shakhtar was revenge for the thumping they inflicted on Belarusian minnow BATE Borisov in that season's group stages.

    The game was notable due to Luiz Adriano notching an incredible five goals. Only two other players have ever managed this in Champions League history: Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland. The Brazilian even plundered four in the first half alone.

  8. Bayern Munich 7-0 Basel (March 13, 2012)
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    #7 Bayern Munich 7-0 Basel (March 13, 2012)

    Basel recorded one the best results in their modern history by defeating Bayern 1-0 in the pair's 2011-12 meeting in the Champions League last-16.

    Retribution would follow at the Allianz Arena, though when the Bavarian giants hit their Swiss visitors for seven.

    After Arjen Robben and Muller had got the party started, Mario Gomez netted four times in a row before Robben capped off the demolition with a 81st-minute strike.

    Granit Xhaka lined up for Basel that evening. He's been angrily taking his frustrations out on opponents - and sometimes, his own fans - ever since.

  9. Valencia 7-0 Genk (November 23, 2011)
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    #6 Valencia 7-0 Genk (November 23, 2011)

    A young Kevin De Bruyne - plying his trade for Genk back in 2011 - was handed a harsh lesson in the competitiveness of the Champions League by Valencia.

    Looking through the Spanish side's starting XI, no all-star names really stand out, but Roberto Soldado certainly did that on the night with a hat-trick. Brazilian Jonas, future Leeds United hero Pablo Hernandez and the easily-forgettable Tino Costa netted too.

    The mastermind behind this memorable victory? Unai Emery.

  10. MSK Zilina 0-7 Marseille (November 3, 2010)
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    #5 MSK Zilina 0-7 Marseille (November 3, 2010)

    Boasting a population of just 80,000, the fact that Ziliana are only the sixth-worst team in Champions League group-stage history isn't bad going.

    The Slovakian underdogs endured a number of lowlights during the 2010-11 campaign, but none were worse than the seven goals they conceded against Marseille at home.

    Andre-Pierre Gignac wreaked the most havoc, netting three, but there was also a rare goal for Gabriel Heinze, a brace from Lucho Gonzalez and a Loic Remy strike to rub salt into their wounds.

  11. Arsenal 7-0 Slavia Prague (October 23, 2007)
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    #4 Arsenal 7-0 Slavia Prague (October 23, 2007)

    Before they squared off in the 2020-21 Europa League, Arsenal met Slavia Prague at the European top table.

    Cesc Fabregas ran things for the Gunners en route to a brace, with Theo Walcott, Alexander Hleb and Nicklas Bendtner making up the other scorers. Slavia defender David Hubacek, who was already having a nightmare night, added to his own misery by scoring a first-half own goal.

  12. Juventus 7-0 Olympiacos (December 10, 2003)
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    #3 Juventus 7-0 Olympiacos (December 10, 2003)

    Only eight clubs have appeared in more Champions League knockout stages than Olympiacos - demonstrating their proud history in the competition.

    It's not all been sunshine and smiles though, especially when they travelled to Turin in 2003. Antonio Conte, David Trezeguet, Alessandro Del Piero and Co. were far from welcoming hosts, netting seven times without reply.

    The result set a new record for the biggest Champions League win in history - but it would not last for that long.

  13. Real Madrid 8-0 Malmo (December 8, 2015)
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    #2 Real Madrid 8-0 Malmo (December 8, 2015)

    Seven is bad. Eight is even worse.

    Just ask Malmo, who were roundly destroyed by a rampant Real Madrid back in December 2008.

    As you might expect, Cristiano Ronaldo scored half of those goals, while Karim Benzema got a hat-trick - we wonder who got the keep the match ball? Mateo Kovacic, someone not known for his finishing prowess, was on the scoresheet as well.

    Malmo did get some sort of revenge in 2022, cheekily trolling Los Blancos on social media following the Super League debacle.

  14. Liverpool 8-0 Besiktas (November 6, 2007)
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    #1 Liverpool 8-0 Besiktas (November 6, 2007)

    Rafa Benitez was one of his era's great defensive coaches, but he also knew when to let his teams off the leash.

    Case in point, Liverpool's handsome Champions League victory over Besiktas in November 2007. Peter Crouch got the party started with an early, swept finish and Yossi Benayoun - a hat-trick hero on the night - made it two before the break.

    Besiktas fell apart after the interval, with the Reds scoring SIX more without reply, much to the delight of Fenerbahce and Galatasaray fans across the world.