The tactician crossed another major milestone in his glorious career at the weekend.
Carlo Ancelotti is a legend in the sport of football, period. He was an exceptional player but he is even more successful as a manager. Today, he is regarded as one of the most reputed tacticians in the game. Adding to his long list of trophies, the Italian recently helped Real Madrid win the 2021-22 La Liga title.
This made him the first-ever manager to win each of the top five European leagues, namely the English Premier League, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1, German Bundesliga and Spanish La Liga. Winning one league title is one of the most difficult tasks for any manager today. However, Ancelotti leads the way with five titles in the top five European leagues.
Overall, Carlo Ancelotti has 22 trophies on his CV. The tactician also holds several records in his managerial career. Therefore, keeping the focus on his achievements, here are the top five records held by Carlo Ancelotti:
5. One of three to win UCL three times
Only three managers have won the UEFA Champions League on three occasions and Ancelotti is one of them. The tactician has won the prestigious European competition twice with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid.
The other managers that have achieved the same are Bob Paisley and Zinedine Zidane. The former won three UCL titles with Liverpool while the latter won three with Real Madrid, consecutively too at that.
4. One of two to manage teams in four UCL finals
Carlo Ancelotti is an expert when it comes to the UEFA Champions League. The Italian has won the competition three times as aforementioned. Another major record under his belt is managing teams to four UCL finals.
Apart from the three UCL wins, Ancelotti was also AC Milan’s manager when the side lost the final to Liverpool. The Rossoneri succumbed to a defeat on penalties during the 2005-06 season to the Reds.
3. One of seven to win UCL both player and manager
As a manager, Carlo Ancelotti’s exploits are popular. The world knows his credibility as a trophy-winning manager. On top of winning the UCL three times as a football manager, the Italian also won it as a player.
He won the European club championship twice with AC Milan in 1988-89 and 1989-90 as a player. Winning the UCL both as a player and manager makes him one of the seven people to do it in the history of the game.
Most UEFA club trophies as manager
Another immensely tough feat achieved by Ancelotti is winning the most UEFA titles as a manager. In addition to his three UEFA Champions League triumphs, the boss also has a UEFA Intertoto Cup and three UEFA Super Cups.
This takes his total UEFA club trophies tally to seven, the most. Only two other managers match Ancelotti with seven UEFA titles – the legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and former Italian manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
First to win five major league titles
This is perhaps the biggest record that Carlo Ancelotti currently holds. He is the only manager to win the top-five European leagues. The 62-year-old won the Italian Serie A with AC Milan, the Premier League with Chelsea FC, the French Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain, the German Bundesliga with FC Bayern Munich and the Spanish La Liga with Real Madrid.
It is hard to imagine who, if any, will match this absolutely sensational achievement. With this particular record, Ancelotti has cemented his reputation as the ‘don’ of European football.