3 men who have won the UEFA Champions League both as players and managers
The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious tournament in club football, and continues to be the most cherished prize in club football.
It is a dream for any footballer to feature in a Champions League winning side. However, only a select few have had the privilege of winning the Champions League.
Usually only the top clubs win the biggest prize in club football, and not all footballers have the ability to play for top clubs. Moreover, most successful managers were not that great as footballers, and therefore did not have the chance to play for the top clubs.
On the other hand, not all successful footballers make successful managers, and not all successful managers have won the Champions League. Therefore, only very few players have managed to win the Champions League both as footballers and as managers.
Here we take a look at 3 such men who have achieved this remarkable feat.
#1 Carlo Ancelotti
Ancelotti was a part of the AC Milan side of the late 80s and early 90s, and it remains probably the greatest club side ever assembled. Ancelotti played under Arrigo Sacchi and won the European Cup twice with Milan in 1988-89 and 1989-90.
Ancelotti was a defensive midfielder, and played alongside the likes of Marcel Desailly, Roberto Donadoni, and Ruud Gullit in the Milan midfield. He represented Milan for 5 years, and retired in 1992. Milan beat Steaua Bucharest and Benfica respectively to win back-to-back European Cups.
Ancelotti began his managerial career at AC Milan, and won the Champions League twice there. His Milan team beat Juventus on penalties at the final in 2002-03.
He again won the CL with Milan as they beat Liverpool 2-0 in the final. He then became the manager of Real Madrid in 2013, and won the much elusive “La Decima”, Madrid’s 10th Champions’ League title in 2013-14.
Real Madrid defeated neighbours Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the final to win their 10th crown.