Dissecting the 'UEFA Badge of honour': taking a look at the 7 clubs who have won it.
No, it's not about the color. Neither it's about the kit manufacturer nor the shirt sponsor. It has to do something with the left sleeve badge. The badge carries the logo of the Champions League Trophy along with a number inscribed in it. So what is it? It's the 'Uefa Badge of Honour'; commonly known as 'Multiple Winners Badge'.
The badge was introduced by UEFA before the start the of 2000-01 Champions League season. It was meant to recognize and honor the most successful clubs in Europe. The number within the badge indicates the total number of European titles won by the club.
How to earn the badge?
UEFA awards the badge to those clubs who meet either of the two criteria:
1.) The club must have won the European Cups/Champions Leagues at least five times.
2.) The club must have won the European Cups/Champions Leagues on three consecutive occasions.
As of today, only seven clubs have achieved this feat. They are Sevilla FC, FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC, AFC Ajax, FC Bayern Munich, AC Milan, and Real Madrid CF.
Let us look at the seven clubs who have won the UEFA Badge of Honour.
#7 Sevilla FC
Sevilla FC is the latest club to earn the 'Uefa Badge of Honour'. They received their badge in 2016 after winning their fifth Europa League Title. They overcame Liverpool 3-1 in the final, courtesy of a 3-1 win.
Having already won the title in 2013-14 and 2014-15, it was the club's third consecutive triumph in Europe's second-tier club competition.
The road to the badge
2005-06 UEFA Europa League
2006-07 UEFA Europa League
2013-14 UEFA Europa League
2014-15 UEFA Europa League
2015-16 UEFA Europa League