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Lucky charms: Top European Cup winners

Published: Thursday 15 May 2014, 8.57CET
Iker Casillas can join a select band of three-time winners as Real Madrid CF gear up for the UEFA Champions League final. UEFA.com salutes the top final performers.

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Published: Thursday 15 May 2014, 8.57CET

Lucky charms: Top European Cup winners

Iker Casillas can join a select band of three-time winners as Real Madrid CF gear up for the UEFA Champions League final. UEFA.com salutes the top final performers.

Iker Casillas has the chance to become the 11th man to have played on the winning side in three UEFA Champions League finals when Real Madrid CF take on Club Atlético de Madrid in Lisbon.

In the first XI in Madrid's 1999/2000 success, Casillas also came on for the injured César Sánchez as his team prevailed against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the 2001/02 decider. Should the Merengues claim the long-anticipated 'Décima', the 32-year-old goalkeeper would join a raft of former team-mates – Fernando Hierro, Roberto Carlos, Fernando Morientes and Raúl Gonzalez – on three UEFA Champions League triumphs.

The top performer in UEFA Champions League finals remains another Madrid old boy, Clarence Seedorf – victorious four times, and the only player to have lifted Europe's top club prize with three different teams: AFC Ajax, Madrid and AC Milan.

However, Seedorf's four successes still leave him well short of the all-time mark of six wins, claimed by Francisco Gento – the sole Madrid player to feature in each of their first six European Champion Clubs' Cup final victories. Milan's Paolo Maldini and Liverpool FC's Phil Neal are the only non-Madrid players on the all-time leaderboard.

Winners* in the most UEFA Champions League finals
4 Clarence Seedorf (AFC Ajax 1994/95, Real Madrid CF 1997/98, AC Milan 2002/03 and 2006/07)
3 Samuel Eto'o (FC Barcelona 2005/06, 2008/09, FC Internazionale Milano 2009/10)
3 Fernando Hierro (Real Madrid CF 1997/98, 1999/00, 2001/02)
3 Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11)
3 Paolo Maldini (AC Milan 1993/94, 2002/03, 2006/07)
3 Fernando Morientes (Real Madrid CF 1997/98, 1999/00, 2001/02)
3 Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11)
3 Raúl González (Real Madrid CF 1997/98, 1999/00, 2001/02)
3 Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid CF 1997/98, 1999/00, 2001/02)
3 Víctor Valdés (FC Barcelona 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11)

Winners* in the most European Cup/UEFA Champions League finals
6 Francisco Gento (Real Madrid CF 1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1959/60, 1964/65
5 Alfrédo Di Stefano (Real Madrid CF 1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1959/60)
5 Paolo Maldini (AC Milan 1988/89, 1989/90, 1993/94, 2002/03, 2006/07)
5 José Maria Zárraga (Real Madrid CF 1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1959/60)
4 Marquitos (Real Madrid CF 1955/56, 1956/57, 1958/59, 1959/60)
4 Phil Neal (Liverpool FC 1976/77. 1977/78, 1980/81, 1983/84)
4 Héctor Rial (Real Madrid CF 1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59)

*winners = players who have played on the winning side in a UEFA Champions League final; no unused substitutes or unused squad players

Last updated: 17/05/14 22.29CET

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