The list includes some of the legendary playmakers in the competition’s history.
The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious club competition in European football, attracting the very best players from around the world. While goals are what get the headlines, assists are just as important in creating and finishing off moves. In this article, we take a look at the top four players with the most assists in a single Champions League campaign.
4- Neymar (8)
Brazilian superstar Neymar had a fantastic season in the Champions League during the 2016/17 campaign, where he registered eight assists. Neymar played a crucial role in helping Barcelona reach the quarter-finals of the competition, where they were eventually knocked out by Juventus. The Brazilian’s ability to dribble past opponents and pick out his teammates with pinpoint accuracy was on full display throughout the campaign.
3- Wayne Rooney (8)
Manchester United‘s all-time leading goalscorer, Wayne Rooney, had a superb Champions League campaign during the 2013-14 season, registering eight assists. Rooney was instrumental in helping United reach the quarter-finals of the competition, where they were knocked out by Bayern Munich. The England international’s vision and ability to pick out his teammates with precision were on full display throughout the campaign.
2- James Milner (9)
James Milner is not the first player you would think of when it comes to the top assist makers in the Champions League. However, the former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder registered an impressive nine assists during the 2017/18 campaign. Milner played a crucial role in Liverpool’s run to the final of the competition, where they were eventually beaten by Real Madrid. The Englishman’s ability to play in multiple positions and his tireless work rate made him a valuable asset for Liverpool throughout the campaign.
1- Luis Figo (9)
Luis Figo is widely regarded as one of the best players of his generation, and his performance in the Champions League during the 1999-00 season only solidified his status as a world-class player. Figo registered an impressive nine assists during the campaign, helping Real Madrid win their eighth European Cup title. The Portuguese winger repeated the remarkable record in the following season.