Champions League: 5 best teams to have won the UCL in the 21st century
Champions League has always been the most showpiece tournament of UEFA since it’s refurbishment back in 1992. Since then, it has become the first priority of all the European heavyweights to lift this prestigious trophy every season.
In this 21st century, it has been mostly dominated by the sides from Spain. Real Madrid has added as many as 5 titles to their trophy cabinets while their arch rival Barcelona had their best period, lifting 4 Champions League titles. Apart from these two superpowers in Europe, English and Italian sides have also tasted more of the success. While Bayern Munich are the only side from Germany to lift this special trophy twice in this century.
Here is the list of five best teams to have won The UEFA Champions League in the 21st century:
5) Manchester United 2008:
Although people still regard the class of 99 as the best Manchester United team ever to embrace the beautiful game but the team which beat Chelsea 6-5 on the penalties in Moscow, was nothing less than a phenomenon under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson. It had all the characteristics to be one of the best teams of this century.
The partnership of Vidić along with Rio Ferdinand was almost as solid as a concrete wall. While the midfield of Carrick, Scholes and Giggs was a well-oiled machine. Upfront, the lion-share of the goals were distributed between Rooney, Tevez and Ronaldo.
The winger, Cristiano Ronaldo of 2008 was probably the best we have seen from the Portuguese superstar. This was the year in which Ronaldo won the first of his five Ballon d’ors. He was almost impossible to stop and his conversion rate from knuckle-ball free kicks was out of this world. In short, it was Ronaldo who gave the cutting age to this perfectly balanced side.