Footballing powerhouses Real Madrid and Manchester City have squared off several times in Europe's premier competitions in recent years.

Widely regarded as the best football club of all-time, Real Madrid is Spain’s most decorated team with the most La Liga titles (35) to their credit.

They have also won more UEFA Champions League titles (14) than any other team in the history of the competition besides boasting 20 Copa del Rey triumphs to go along with five FIFA Club World Cup trophies.

Manchester City, on the other hand, may not boast the rich history and tradition that Real does but there’s no doubting the fact that they are the one the leading clubs in world football at the moment and the best team in England by quite some distance.

They’ve won eight English league titles, six of which have come in the last decade itself, highlighting their dominance in English football.

City has also won the FA Cup six times and the League Cup on occasions, making them one of English football’s most successful teams despite the lack of silverware on the European stage.

Known for their enterprising attacks and never-say-die spirit that sees them give their all from the first to the final whistle, both teams usually produce classic encounters when facing each other.

Here, we take a closer look at how these clubs have fared against each other ever since their first meeting in 2012.

Real Madrid vs Manchester City head-to-head, stats and records



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Real Madrid vs Manchester City head-to-head in all competitions

Real Madrid and Manchester City have only clashed in the UEFA Champions League - European football’s premier competition. Real Madrid won and drew the first few encounters against City, however, the head-to-head between the sides has evened out since then. 

Out of the eight meetings between the teams so far, Los Blancos have won three, the Citizens have won thrice and there have also been three draws.

What is the biggest win in Real Madrid vs Manchester City?

The biggest win in terms of goal margin in matches between these two teams came in the second leg of their 2022-23 UEFA Champions League semi-final clash. City won the game 4-0 to qualify for the final with a 5-1 aggregate victory.

The match that witnessed the most goals involving these sides was the first-leg tie of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League semi-final clash. Man City won the game 4-3 in what was a UEFA Champions League classic.

Most goals in Real Madrid vs Manchester City?

Karim Benzema, who scored crucial goals in the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League semi-final clash to knock City out of the competition, has netted the most times in this fixture with six strikes against the Citizens.

As far as City go, Bernardo Silva has scored the most goals for them (3) against Los Blancos.

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