World Football

Top four players to win FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, Copa América and Copa Libertadores

Manav ChowdhuryManav Chowdhury

June 19 2023
Top four players to win FIFA World Cup Copa America Copa Libertadores UEFA Champions League

There are three Brazilians on the list

Winning trophies for a player in any sport is always unique. Very few players get the privilege to win trophies like the FIFA World Cup, Champions League, Copa America, and Copa Libertadores. The Manchester City forward has won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Champions League, and the World Cup all in one year.

Nobody has ever won a European treble and the World Cup in the same season, and it is a record he could hold for many years. The young Argentine has also won the Copa Libertadores and Copa America during his time at River Plate. That puts him in a very exclusive club with some true greats of the game. It might not be as surprising to learn that only Brazilian and Argentine players have ever managed to lift both trophies. 

Here we look at those players who have won all three in their carrier:

Cafu – Brazil

World Cup: 1994, 2002 

Champions League: 2006-07 (AC Milan)

Copa America: 1997, 1999

Copa Libertadores: 1992, 1993 (Sao Paulo)

Cafu’s journey to this particular record began in 1992, when he lifted the Copa Libertadores for the first time with Sao Paulo. He would then win it again the following year, and a year after that, he was a part of the Brazil squad that won the 1994 World Cup in the USA.

Arguably the greatest right-back of all time and a player who maintained world-class standards long into his thirties, Cafu achieved almost everything there was to achieve in the game. He won the Champions League with AC Milan, but he would have won another Champions League medal in 2005 had it not been for Steven Gerrard’s heroics.

Dida – Brazil

World Cup: 2002

Champions League: 2002-03, 2006-07 (AC Milan)

Copa America: 1999

Copa Libertadores: 1997 (Cruzeiro)

For Brazilian goalkeeper Dida, there was a lot less time between his various honours. He first started winning silverware when playing for Cruzeiro in the 90s, and it was in 1997 when he won the Copa Libertadores and in 1999 the Copa America. He was, after all, a player who turned up in big moments and stayed at the top of the game for years and years.

He was part of the 2002 Brazil squad that won the World Cup in South Korea and Japan, although he was the backup goalkeeper to Marcos in that tournament. Dida produced heroics in the 2002-03 Champions League final as he saved three penalties in a shootout against Juventus. The Brazilian keeper won the competition twice with AC Milan.

Ronaldinho – Brazil

World Cup: 2002 

Champions League: 2005-06

Copa America: 1999 

Copa Libertadores: 2013

If Cafu is one of the legends of the game, Ronaldinho deserves his place among the football gods. There was a spell for Barcelona between 2003 and 2008 where the winger brought more joy to supporters than any other player we’ve seen with his tricks, skill, and infectious smile. Shortly before joining Barca, Ronaldinho became a World Cup winner with Brazil, famously scoring in the quarterfinals against England.

He then went on to lift the 2006 Champions League title with the Blaugrana as they kicked off their domination of European football, while also becoming a close mentor to Lionel Messi. His first of three achievements was the 2002 World Cup, and he then won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2005-06. Given the trend of most Brazilian players’ careers, you would think at this point that he may never win the Copa Libertadores. By 2013, though, Ronaldinho was back in South America and winning it with Atletico Mineiro.

Julian Alvarez – Argentina

World Cup – 2022

Champions League – 2022-23 (Manchester City)

Copa America – 2021

Copa Libertadores – 2018

As for the latest man to join the list and the very first to do so from Argentina, his road to glory began in 2018 when he won the Copa Libertadores at River Plate as a young star. His role in the World Cup was very crucial for Argentina, as he was one of the best-performing youngsters in the tournament, scoring four goals. He may be second fiddle to Erling Haaland at Manchester City, but the Argentine still bagged three goals and two assists in the 2022–23 Champions League campaign.

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