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Champions League is by far the most competitive club competition in the World. The best sides from Europe best leagues come together to fight it out for a chance to lift the big-eared trophy. A number of elite clubs have enjoyed the glory. All football stars dream of it but only a few end up winning it. Today, our focus shifts to seven men who did not only win it as players but also as coaches.
They include the following;
7. Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane became the 7th man to win the European Champions League both as a player and a manager. Real Madrid Coach led the Los Blancos to their 2nd European crown in two years. The 4-1 win against his former Club Juventus follows 5-3 shootout victory against Atletico Madrid in 2016. The three-time Ballon d’Or winner won the coveted title in 2001/2002 season as a player. He has lifted the crown as Coach in 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons.
The 44-year-old won the title in 2014 that time as the assistant manager to former boss Carlo Ancelotti . The Italian also happens to be on the list.
6. Pep Guardiola-Barcelona
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola joins the list after wining then Champions League in 1992 as a player. He later went on to lift the trophy in 2009, 2011 as Barcelona manager. In 1992 the Spaniard was the main man in Johan Cruyff team.
As a manager the former Barcelona manager thrashed Manchester United in 2009 and 2011. The interesting factor is that the Red Devils were under the stewardship of the experienced manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
5. Frank Rijkaard
Frank Rijkaard won the Champions League as a player with AC Milan and Ajax under the stewardship of Arrigo Sacchi and Louis Van Gaal respectively in 1989, 1990 & 1995.
In 2006 he guided Barcelona to European success beating a star-studded Arsenal side to lift the crown as a manager.
Since his Camp Nou departure, his career has taken a U-turn for reasons only him can tell. He is, however, a celebrated star in Europe.
4. Johan Cruyff
The well known master of tiki-taka football does not need any introduction. Johan Cruyff may have passed on this year but his legacy is safe.
The former Dutchman won the Champions League as a player in 1971, 1972, 1973 and then came back to win it again this time as the manager of Barcelona in 1992.
The current system played at the Catalan Club was set up by him including the famous La Masia academy that continues to produce stars like Lionel Messi.