Winning the 2016 uefa champions league would make so much significance to some players and managers as Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid clash in the final of the tournament. Sports Intelligence looks at the few whom this title would mean so much to.
ZINEDINE ZIDANE -REAL MADRID
Winning this title as a manager would make the French-man become the seventh person to win the uefa champions league title as a player and coach. The Madrid boss won the title in 2001/2002 as a player, and will be looking up to join the league of players who have completed this feat.
DIEGO SIMEONE- ATLETICO MADRID
Winning this title as manager would surely make the Argentine the third Argentine to win the champions league title as a manager after Luis Carniglia (Madrid 1958 and 1959) and Helenio Herrera (Internazionale 1964 and 1965. Simeone would also become the first manager to win the title with Atletico Madrid while he could also become second managers to have won all uefa tournaments, after Rafael Benitez, having won the uefa Europa league (2012) and uefa Super Cup (2012).
CRISTIANO RONALDO – REAL MADRID
Ronaldo would become the first player to score in three champions league final if eventually he scores, having shared the second with Lionel Messi (Barcelona 2009 and 2011), Raúl González (Real Madrid 2000 and 2002) and Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona 2006 and 2009). He would also join the league of players who have won three champions league having won with Manchester United (2008), and Real Madrid (2014).
JAMES RODRIGUEZ – REAL MADRID
The Madrid forward can become the first Colombian to feature in a UEFA Champions League final (Iván Córdoba was an unusued substitute with Internazionale in 2009/10); he can also complete a set of major international club titles having won the UEFA Europa League with Porto in 2011 as well as the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup with Madrid in 2014.
KEYLOR NAVAS – REAL MADRID
The goalkeeper can become the first Costa Rican to appear in, and indeed win, a UEFA competition final as he stands in post for Madrid as no one choice goalkeeper. Fans in Costa Rica would surely throw their support round their first player who is indeed willing to make history for their nation.
JAN OBLAK – ATLETICO MADRID
The goalkeeper can become the first Slovenian player to prevail in this competition and will look to avoid becoming the third Slovene to figure on the losing team in the decider after Srečko Katanec (Sampdoria 1992) and Zlatko Zahovič (Valencia 2001). On the wrong side with Benfica in the 2014 UEFA Europa League final, Oblak will strive to avoid a full set of major UEFA club competition runners-up medal
THOMAS PARTEY -ATLETICO MADRID
Having featured in Atlético’s last four UEFA Champions League games as a substitute, Partey is on course to become the fourth Ghanaian to taste success in the final of this competition after Abedi Pelé (Marseille 1993), Samuel Kuffour (Bayern 2001) and Sulley Muntari (Internazionale 2010).