The UEFA Champions League is not only the top tier competition in European football, but to many, it‘s the top club football competition in the world. Every year, the top clubs in European football fight to lift the hallowed Champions League trophy and earn the right to be called European club champions.

Each Champions League match day brings a chance to see the best clubs and best players in action, from the likes Lionel Messi and reigning champions Barcelona,Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid, along with Manchester United and many more.

Paying the fee to be able to watch live UEFA Champions League matches on cable and premium television, whether in the United States, United Kingdom, or elsewhere around the world, can take a lot out of one’s pocket every month.

Champions League Past And Present

In 1955, the UEFA Champions League, or as it was known then, the European Cup, was created to allow champions of European leagues to face off and determine who truly was the best club in Europe.

Spanish giants Real Madrid won the first five European Cup titles from 1955 to 1960, and they have won the most titles with 10times, followed by Italian powerhouse AC Milan with seven, and legendary English club Liverpool with five. The English club is joined by Barcelona and Bayern Munich as the latter two has won the competition on five occasions.

In 1992, the competition took on its current name, and in 1997, the competition was opened up to allow runners-up from certain leagues to take part. Since then, the competition has undergone several other changes, both with format and eligibility, but its popularity has only grown over the years to the point where legions of football fans tune in on a regular basis to watch live UEFA Champions League matches.

The winner of the UEFA Champions League earns the right to play in the FIFA Club World Championship and to face off against the UEFA Europa League winner in the UEFA Super Cup.

The new change starting from 2015-16 season is that the winner of the Europa League gets directly promoted to the top club competition in Europe.

Also See: UEFA Champions League Fixtures | UEFA Champions League Statistics.