Ronaldo joins Iniesta and Seedorf with four final wins
Cristiano Ronaldo has become only the third player – after Andrés Iniesta and Clarence Seedorf – in UEFA Champions League history to have appeared in four final wins.
Ronaldo scored twice in Real Madrid’s 4-1 success against Juventus on Saturday evening, his third triumph with the Merengues in the last four seasons. The 32-year-old, a UEFA EURO 2016 winner with Portugal last summer, first lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy with Manchester United in 2008.
Iniesta and Seedorf are the only other players to have matched Ronaldo’s feat, the Dutchman also being the sole man to have played in final victories with three different clubs.
Four 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)
Samuel Eto’o: 2000*, 2006, 2009, 2010 (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter)
*Did not play in the final