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The European Cup winners and how good they really were

The Champions' League and in former times the European Cup has been created to find the champion of the champions, or the best team in Europe. How well does this competition achieve that? The following table shows every European Cup winner since 1956, their Elo rating and rank after the final:

YearClubRankElo
1956Real Madrid1937
1957Real Madrid1968
1958Real Madrid2010
1959Real Madrid2014
1960Real Madrid12052
1961Benfica191741
1962Benfica51827
1963Milan81818
1964Inter21914
1965Inter21946
1966Real Madrid11968
1967Celtic61845
1968Man United31857
1969Milan51838
1970Feyenoord151778
1971Ajax41856
1972Ajax11950
1973Ajax11967
1974Bayern11928
1975Bayern51806
1976Bayern61807
1977Liverpool21871
1978Liverpool11895
1979Forest21910
1980Forest61829
1981Liverpool51841
1982Aston Villa121764
1983Hamburg11916
1984Liverpool21846
1985Juventus131762
1986Steaua351693
1987Porto91783
1988PSV41857
1989Milan111812
1990Milan31884
1991Crvena Zvezda121771
1992Barcelona41815
1993Marseille31828
1994Milan11938
1995Ajax31859
1996Juventus31865
1997Dortmund111777
1998Real Madrid151741
1999Man United21877
2000Real Madrid81816
2001Bayern71835
2002Real Madrid71850
2003Milan131776
2004Porto91803
2005Liverpool141766
2006Barcelona11978
2007Milan91850
2008Man United12000
2009Barcelona21968
2010Inter51918
2011Barcelona12071
2012Chelsea81816
2013Bayern22051

Since 1960, there have been 54 European Cup winners. 14 times, the club that could have been considered Europe's number one has won. 36 out of 54 times, the European Cup winner came out of Europe's Top 5. Among the weakest EC winners are Steaua and maybe surprisingly Real Madrid in 1998.