The 2020/21 edition of the UEFA Champions League is scheduled to begin shortly in regards to the Group Stages of the competition and will perhaps bring some excitement to many football fans around the world.
The tournament is considered to be one of the best in the game as it features a host of the continents best football clubs, whilst there are also a number of sides looking to make a name for themselves as potential giant-killers. Indeed, bettors will be delighted with the return to action and can look at places like 1xbet Mirror ahead of the competition’s return to ensure they make the right decisions.
Naturally, there have been some players who have been more successful than others when it comes down to lifting the UEFA Champions League title in the past as many of them have been able to win multiple pieces of silverware throughout their careers.
What is interesting, though, is that there have only been a handful of players who have managed to leave one club as a winner and then win it for their new team in their first season. In fact, only four men have been able to achieve that feat, whilst Thiago will be looking to do the same now he is with Liverpool.
These are the four men to have been successful so far:
Marcel Desailly was the first man to have managed to achieve this particular feat, having won the competition with Olympique de Marseille and then with AC Milan in 1993 and 1994 respectively.
In fact, I Rossoneri must have been impressed with what the former France international did against them as they were the club to have been beaten by Marseille in the final. He helped them record a 4-0 win by scoring the final goal of the game against FC Barcelona.
Paolo Sousa was arguably one of the best players to have featured in the Juventus side during the 90s as Italian football could attract all the best players in the world to their shores.
The ex-Portugal international managed to help I Bianconeri record a Champions League victory in 1996 as they defeated Ajax in a penalty shoot-out in Rome.
However, he was then on his way to Borussia Dortmund that summer as Marcelo Lippi’s side had managed to secure the signatures of a Zinedine Zidane and Christian Vieri.
Juventus and the BVB would meet in the UEFA Champions League final that year, and Sousa had the last laugh as he lifted the title in 1997 with his new club.
Gerard Pique managed to win the UEFA Champions League with Manchester United in 2008 when the Red Devils defeated Chelsea in Moscow. The Spaniard had a four-year spell with the Premier League club, however the player failed to really make that much of an impact at Old Trafford.
He would return to Barcelona and – as they say – the rest is history. The Spanish centre-back would flourish under Pep Guardiola and would go on to defeat his former side 2-0 in the following final. There certainly appears to be a theme trending…
Samuel Eto’o was one of the most clinical forwards in his day – before Jose Mourinho had him playing out wide – and it is no surprise the Cameroonian managed to lift numerous UEFA Champions League titles.
He would win the title with Barcelona in 2006 and after leaving the club in the summer of 2008, he would help Inter Milan to their first treble (and the first by an Italian side).