Christmas came early for these players as they won the two biggest prizes in world football in a span of months.
The countdown for the biggest footballing event i.e the World Cup has narrowed down to less than 7 days. The buzz about the competition is breaking bounds with each passing day. From 14th June to 15th July each and every football fan will talk, debate about the happenings in Russia. The competition will pit 32 deserving nations against each other at the highest possible stage.
A couple of weeks before, we witnessed Real Madrid’s emphatic victory over Liverpool in UEFA Champions League final which made them the only team so far to lift the coveted trophy for a record 3rd consecutive time. Many players of that team will be playing a key role for their respective national sides in the coming World Cup and would try to achieve the amazing feat of winning two massive titles in just matter of months.
Digging deep into football history Khelnow presents you those players who were fortunate enough to win both the coveted trophies in the same year.
1. Sami Khedira ( 2014- Real Madrid and Germany)
Sami Khedira is the only active player who has achieved this amazing feat during his stint with Real Madrid. Khedira was part of the Real Madrid’s Champions League winning team in 2014 in which the Bernabeu side defeated their city counterparts Atletico Madrid to lift the UCL trophy for record 10th time.
A month later Khedira had his hands on the World Cup trophy after Germany successfully battled Argentina in a nail-biting final. Mario Goetze scored a sumptuous goal in the extra time to push Germany on to the winning side which made Khedira one of the lucky players to lift two coveted trophies within a matter of a month.
2. Roberto Carlos (2002- Real Madrid and Brazil)
2002 is definitely a special year for Real Madrid and Brazil fans as the former won UCL and the latter triumphed everyone at the biggest footballing event. Roberto Carlos was the only lucky player to celebrate both wins. The full-back played an instrumental role in Real Madrid’s Champion’s League run and even assisted Zinedine Zidane’s winner in the final which went down in Champions League history as one of the greatest goals.
On 30th June 2002, Brazil defeated Germany to lift the World Cup for a record 5th time courtesy of two second-half goals from Ronaldo. The left-back played his role perfectly throughout the campaign and also scored a classic Roberto Carlos free kick against China in the group stages of the tournament.
3. Christian Karembeu (1998- Real Madrid and France)
Karembeu’s three seasons stint with Real Madrid was highly successful not as a player but as the amount of silverware he collected. The midfielder won two Champions League titles (1997-98 season and 1999-00 season) with the Bernabeu side. The French midfielder played just 51 games for Real Madrid with just one goal to his name.
The 1997-98 season went from good to best for the midfielder as France triumphed Brazil in 1998 World Cup final making Karembeu one of the few to win UCL and World Cup in the same year. Karembeu played just a single game in group stages of the World Cup but was the regular starter in the playoffs. Karembeu played just 53 games for Les Blues in a career which spanned over 10 years but was lucky enough to be a part of French teams that won 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000 and 2001 Confederations Cup.
4. Sepp Maier, Franz Beckenbauer, Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, Gerd Muller, Uli Hoeneb(1974- Bayern Munich and West Germany)
Major part of West Germany’s squad contained Bayern Munich’s players
The legendary squad of the Bayern Munich which featured the likes of Beckenbauer, Maier, Muller and many more conquered Europe by winning the 1974 European Cup which now is known as the Champions League.
Sepp Maier, West Germany’s and Bayern’s legendary keeper, Franz Beckenbauer and Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, Gerd Muller, Uli Hoeneb who won the European Cup with Bayern just a month before were also the pillars of West Germany’s WorldCup winning side. West Germany lifted the World Cup for the second time after defeating Netherlands 2-1 in the finals. The victory made all 4 players to achieve the amazing feat of conquering the Europe and World in the same year.