Champion of the Champions League

Nine Rea Madrid players have entered the Club of 5, among the players who can have the date of a European Cup tattooed on each finger of one hand

Nine Rea Madrid players have entered the Club of 5, among the players who can have the date of a European Cup tattooed on each finger of one hand. There is only one in history that needs the other hand, Paco Gento and his six trophies. This Real Madrid squad is unique. Never has a team been able to unite in its locker room so many players who have been European champions so many times. With victory in Paris, this group of nine joins the four players who were only one behind Gento: Di Stfano, Paolo, Maldini and Zarraga. The Basque was the only one so far that he had won all the finals played.

Marcelo, legendary captain

In the Stade de France he put on, in theory, the Madrid shirt for the last time. Couldn’t have a more grandiose farewell. His 12, after 16 seasons, is legend. Marcelo is the one who can tell that journey that was one of the repeated falls in the second round, the three semifinals with Mourinho and the inglorious four Champions League in five seasons.

His first match in the European Cup was on September 18, 2007, against Werder Bremen. In the Lisbon final he was a substitute for Coentrao, but his entry onto the pitch, along with Isco, changed everything. His was the 3-1, the one that definitively killed Atltico de Madrid. In Cardiff he gave Asensio the pass for Juve 4-1 and in kyiv he launched the ball that Bale made 2-1 with a monumental bicycle kick. If Madrid wins in Paris, he will lift the Champions League. The latest images of him with Madrid could not be more beautiful: lifting the Decimofourta as captain and kissing Cibeles.


Carvajal, glory and pain

Dani Carvajal returned home after being loaned out in Leverkusen to become European champion. He did it the first time, in Lisbon. The side was a vital element throughout that season. He was the first of four that he has in his collection.

The Champions League finals have left deep marks on Carvajal, but not only of happiness. Twice he was injured in the middle of the game (in Milan and in kyiv) and both times at the gates of a final phase.

In 2016 he was left out of the Euro in France and in 2018 he arrived at the World Cup with tweezers and without being himself. In this he has reached a high peak of form, as happened in 2017.

When he is like this or there is a 2 that can stand comparison with him.


Nacho, his Champions

If Madrid came to Paris it had a lot to do with the pessimistic defender, that definition that Ancelotti placed on him in the first game of this League to highlight his extreme capacity for concentration.

He grew up with the history of his Madrid as a reference and now he is part of the team that has put himself on a par with the one that at the beginning of the European Cup made that competition its reason for being. Nacho knows no other shirt than Real Madrid.

His first game in the Champions League was on December 4, 2012, a 4-1 win over Ajax at home. Since then he has always been so that any coach would know that he had a life insurance policy ready to appear on any stage. He has not been a starter in any final and only played in the one in kyiv when Carvajal broke. But his role has been important. As an example this season, in which he has participated in all cross matches with the exception of the first leg in Paris.


casemiro, work

They say it has not been his best season. It is true, as much as when his team has needed him he has raised the level to be at the height of the shirt.

The 14th was key in Zidane’s three in a row, but he also participated in the conquest of the Tenth. He wasn’t a key player… or s. Because of the 144 minutes that he played, there were 17 in which he had to rescue his team from a major problem, the one that had arisen in Dortmund in the quarterfinals with Borussia already kicking a goal to equal Bernabu’s 3-0 scoreline. Casemiro’s entry reduced the fear and his hard leg covered the huge hole that Jrgen Klopp’s players had found. In Lisbon, despite Xabi Alonso being in the stands, he was left off the list. Of the other three finals he did not miss a single minute and in Cardiff he made it 2-1, the goal against Juve that put the Decimosecond on track. For Klopp it is an explanation of why his plans do not have more success in Europe.


Modric, eternal talent

His way of celebrating the comeback against PSG was the harbinger that something great had just been spawned. Luka Modric lived through the semi-final lost against Bayern in 2013, the previous one to the cycle that was going to open a year later and in which the figure of the Croatian has grown to become an absolute reference this season. From his boot came the 93rd minute corner kick in Lisbon, the one with the ball at Ramos’ head. “It’s my favorite moment,” he explained when receiving at MARCA Leyenda.

A year later, as Ancelotti has told many times, an injury took him out of the decisive stretch, in which Madrid fell in the League and in the semifinals of the Champions League. Seven years later, the Croatian has been the soul of this Madrid of comebacks.


Kroos, four plus one

Of this group of nine, the only one who knows what it is like to lose a final: the one in 2012, at home (Mnich) and against Chelsea, although he was unable to play that day due to injury. And also the only one in that group who knows what he would win with another shirt: the Bayern shirt, in 2013.

Toni Kroos was already European champion when he arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2014 in exchange for just 35 million euros. It was the previous year with Bayern, who took on Madrid in the semifinals.

Bentez’s legacy at Madrid was not great, but he left the foundations of CMK, a legendary midfielder in world football. Since becoming a Real Madrid player, Kroos has only stopped playing six games, only two due to a physical problem.


The two faces of Bale

In this Champions League he appeared for a few minutes in Paris (three) and others against Chelsea at home (four). It is the reflection of his sad way of leaving Madrid. Gareth Bale says goodbye through the back door, without pomp and far from his contribution to the club’s history. That’s how the Welshman wanted it.

Because Bale was vital in 2014 with a stellar semifinal in Munich and the goal in Lisbon that put Madrid ahead in extra time. Because Bale scored 2-1 and 3-1 in kyiv and left one of the most beautiful goals ever seen in that final.

But that Ukrainian night took a whole course to nothing. He said he could go, he stayed to take Christian’s stripes of command but decided to abdicate as if he were Edward VIII. The Prince of Wales of football opted for exile. In Paris he was European champion for the fifth time. Few spotlights will stop on him, because he took it upon himself to hide his presence in the great story of which he is a part.


Benzema, the superhero

There are no words for what Karim has achieved in this Champions League. In it he has built a candidacy without opponents for the Ballon d’Or. And it is not just about the enormous number of goals and the value of them for the rounds and the moments in which he has scored. No, because Benzema has been the one who has thrown the most for Madrid to be in Paris based on incredible comebacks. At the Bernabu since 2009, he can tell you well how to do it to never give up. Because what today is all praise was very hard sticks for quite some time.

With 74 goals in 122 games for Madrid in the Champions League, Benzema is essential to understand this winning cycle in Europe. From the finals the image of his liveliness in kyiv remains to imagine that Karius was going to mess it up. It was where no one would have gone and the Liverpool keeper’s single serve ended at 1-0. It was no coincidence, and Ulreich or Mendy can tell. And, of course, the work of art at the Caldern in the 2017 semifinals. He is the superhero of Real Madrid, the lord and master of this Champions League.


The case of Isco

Another who says goodbye to Madrid in Paris. He reached the final without playing a single minute, which means that for UEFA he was not a champion, quite the opposite for his coach and his dressing room.

Isco arrived in Madrid in the summer of 2013 and entered Lisbon with half an hour to go to lead, together with Marcelo, the bugle call from the left wing.

His great moment came from January 2017, to the point of removing Bale from the team and taking the untouchable BBC ahead. He participated in the four finals and in the last two he started