Top 6 Premier League sides with the most UEFA Champions League winners
The UEFA Champions League is European football's single greatest cup prize and to win it is often the pinnacle of a player's career.
It's the stage where the best compete against the best: it's often the case that players at smaller teams in smaller leagues will aim to join a team within the Champions League places of their respective league to enable them to participate in it.
The Premier League is filled with international stars, league winners, even World Cup winners but there are, surprisingly, not as many to have won the Champions League as one might think.
The teams that do have players who have won it, however, are of course improved as these players know how to play on the biggest stage of all and can bring this experience to each Premier League game. This slideshow will take a look at the top 6 Premier League teams with the most Champions League winners in their squad, with some surprising inclusions:
Everton are represented by 2 players who have won the competition, Everton's returning favourite, Wayne Rooney, was an immense component of Manchester United's success at Champions League level during his time at the club.
When they won it in 2008, Rooney was their top scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo, with a solid 4 goals in 11 appearances. He scored the second in a 2-0 win in the away leg of the quarter-final against Roma; he played 101 minutes of the final victory over Chelsea.
It was Rooney's overall play that was a great part of Manchester United's team in the Champions League that season: dovetailing with Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez incredibly, the 3 struck up one of the greatest partnerships in recent memory.
A slightly lesser part of his team winning the competition, Sandro Ramirez can still boast a winner's medal to his name, after scoring 1 goal in 3 appearances during the 2014/2015 edition of the competition. His goal came in a 3-1 group stage home win over Ajax.
While Ramirez hasn't quite been given a chance to show his true abilities since joining Everton this season, it cannot be overstated just how important Rooney and his experience at the highest level will help Everton as they aim to climb the table.