Real Madrid has won their third consecutive UEFA Champions League trophy after beating Liverpool 3-1 at the final. The Spanish giants became the first team to win the trophy three years in a row as they set a better record. The former Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane became the 7th man to lift the coveted trophy both as a player and a manager. The French man led his troops to a 5-3 post-match penalty triumph against Atletico Madrid in 2015/16, 4-1 against Juventus in 2016/17 season and 3-1 against Liverpool. Today, we want to celebrate other six men who have won the award as player and coach in the history of the game.
7. Pep Guardiola-Barcelona
"A lot of people said we won in Barcelona because of Messi, they are right.
People say we won at Bayern because they always win, they are right too.
At City people had doubts that I would be able to win that way, even myself. But we did it. Thats why Im so happy."
– Guardiola pic.twitter.com/FW0Ct4ER5d
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) April 22, 2018
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola joins the list after winning the Champions League as a player 1992 and in 2009, 2011 as a manager with Barcelona.
In 1992 the Spaniard was the main man in Johan Cruyff team that raised the tile, a man who also happens to be on this list too. As a manager Pep Messi-inspired Catalan side thrashed Manchester United in 2009 and 2011. The interesting factor is that the Red Devils were under the stewardship of experienced manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The Spaniard failed to win the trophy with Bayern Munich but he will fancy his chances at Etihad given the financial muscle at his disposal.
6. Frank Rijkaard- AC Milan/Barcelona
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 Cup 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. However, his mark in football is safe.
5. Johan Cruyff- Ajax/Barcelona
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 28, 2016
The well-known master of tiki-taka football does not need any introduction. Johan Cruyff may have passed on 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 1992.
The current system played and coached in the Catalan Club system was set up by him including the famous La Masia academy that produced stars like Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, and Andres Iniesta.
4. Giovanni Trapattoni- AC Milan
🇮🇹 Happy Birthday to the Italian Legend Giovanni Trapattoni! ⚽️#acmilan #IMFC #finoallafine #italia #italy #ita #calcio #seriea #serieatim #operazionenostalgia #nostalgia #football #bayern #fcb #fcbayern #bayernmunich #SPALJuve #StPatricksDay #17marzo #Spalletti #bundesliga pic.twitter.com/ibfKCUSrQg
— Football Memories (@FM_Twittah) March 17, 2018
The former Republic of Ireland, AC Milan, and Juventus manager is the 3rd man on the list. He won the Champions League in 1963 and 1969 as a player at Milan and 1985 as a manager with Juventus.