Ronaldo first to win five Champions League titles
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player to win five UEFA Champions League finals.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player to win the UEFA Champions League five times after Real Madrid's 3-1 defeat of Liverpool in Kyiv.
Last season he had joined Andrés Iniesta and Clarence Seedorf in becoming the third player to win the UEFA Champions League four times since the competion's inception in 1992/93. Now the 33-year-old Portugal striker has five UEFA Champions League winners' medals, having started his collection with Manchester United in 2008.
Raphaël Varane, Luka Modrić, Dani Carvajal, Isco, Karim Benzema, Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos have also been part of Madrid's four final wins in the last five seasons while Toni Kroos won with Bayern in 2013 as well as the last three seasons.
Ronaldo's UEFA Champions League wins
2007/08 (Manchester United)
2013/14 (Real Madrid)
2015/16 (Real Madrid)
2016/17 (Real Madrid)
2017/18 (Real Madrid)
Iniesta and Seedorf had been the only players on a par with Ronaldo prior to 2017, the Dutchman also being the sole man to have played in final victories with three different clubs.
Iniesta's UEFA Champions League wins
Seedorf's UEFA Champions League wins
1997/98 (Real Madrid)
Three other players have four UEFA Champions League titles to their name but took part in only three finals themselves:
Xavi Hernández: 2006*, 2009, 2011, 2015 (Barcelona)
Lionel Messi: 2006*, 2009, 2011, 2015 (Barcelona)
Gerard Piqué: 2008*, 2009, 2011, 2015 (Manchester United, Barcelona)
*did not play in the final