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The Champions League-World Cup double winners

Only nine players have ever featured on the winning side in European Cup and FIFA World Cup finals in the same year.

Raphaël Varane celebrates with the World Cup trophy
Raphaël Varane celebrates with the World Cup trophy ©Getty Images

One of football's most exclusive clubs gained a new member last year when Raphaël Varane became only the ninth player to feature on the winning side in FIFA World Cup and European Cup finals in the same year.

A UEFA Champions League winner with Real Madrid in May, the centre-back doubled up by helping France clinch the world title in Russia. UEFA.com celebrates the select few to have matched his feat – and the players who came agonisingly close.

European Cup-World Cup double winners

1974: Sepp Maier, Paul Breitner, Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Uli Hoeness (Bayern & West Germany)
: Christian Karembeu (Real Madrid & France)
: Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid & Brazil)
2018: Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid & France)

Final highlights: Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
Final highlights: Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool

To qualify, players must have appeared in both winning finals, so Luka Modrić just missed out after finishing a runner-up in Moscow. Mateo Kovačić was not eligible because he was an unused substitute when Real Madrid defeated Liverpool in Kyiv on 26 May.

It's an elite club which Sami Khedira so nearly joined four years ago, an injury in the warm-up preventing him from turning out for Germany in their World Cup final win against Argentina. He had won the UEFA Champions League less than two months earlier.

European Cup-EURO double winners

Watch highlights of the EURO 2016 final
Watch highlights of the EURO 2016 final

1964: Luis Suárez (Internazionale & Spain)
1988: Hans van Breukelen, Ronald Koeman, Berry van Aerle, Gerald Vanenburg (PSV Eindhoven & Netherlands)
2012: Fernando Torres, Juan Mata (Chelsea & Spain)
2016: Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe (Real Madrid & Portugal)

A handful more endured bittersweet Khedira-like experiences on the EURO front. Wim Kieft lifted the 1988 European Cup with PSV but did not make it off the bench with the Netherlands in the 1988 UEFA European Championship final.

Real Madrid's Nicolas Anelka met the same fate with France in 2000, while team-mate Christian Karembeu fared slightly worse – he was an unused squad member in the finals of both the 2000 UEFA Champions League and UEFA EURO 2000 (though he had been on the pitch to win both the UEFA Champions League and the 1998 World Cup two summers before).