Who has won the Champions League as player and manager? List of title winning stars who also lifted UCL trophy as coach
The chance to win a Champions League can often be a once in a lifetime achievement, with some incredible footballers going through their careers without a winners' medal.
However, the success of replicating a Champions League title as a manager after winning the trophy as a player, is a hugely coveted feat within the game.
The chance to win the 'double', as player and manager, is very difficult to achieve, as it demands an individual to be outstanding on the pitch and in the dugout.
The list of those who have managed to clinch the trophy – which is detailed below by the Sporting News – in both instances involves some legendary former stars who have managed to replicate that with impressive managerial tenures.
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Champions League winners as player and manager
Winning the Champions League (including its European Cup predecessor) as both a player and a manager is a tough benchmark to reach.
Since the inaugural European Cup in 1956, and beyond the change to the Champions League in 1992, only seven names have managed to lift the trophy with their boots on and off. Here they are:
Miguel Munoz – Real Madrid
Munoz captained Los Blancos to glory in the first-ever European Cup, in 1956, before leading them to the title in the following two seasons.
Following his playing retirement, he was drafted in as Real Madrid head coach just weeks before their 1960 final clash with Eintracht Frankfurt, and then he masterminded a 7-3 win over the Bundesliga side.
Giovanni Trappatoni – AC Milan/Juventus
Former Italy manager Trappatoni became the first person to win the European Cup as a player and a manager, at two different clubs.
He clinched two European Cup titles at AC Milan, in 1963 and 1969, before retiring in 1972.
The former defender won his only European Cup as a manager in 1985, during his time in charge of Juventus, as his team won 1-0 amid the tragic scenes at Heysel Stadium.
Johan Cruyff – Ajax/Barcelona
Cruyff's status as one of the greatest players of all-time is backed up by the adoration for the Dutchman by fans of Ajax and Barcelona.
His skilful playmaking inspired Ajax to three consecutive European Cups, from 1971 to 1973, before joining Barcelona as a player.
However, Cruyff is more revered, in Catalonia at least, for his time on the bench, from 1988 to 1996, as he transformed the club and implemented his iconic 'Total Football' tactic at the Camp Nou.
Ronald Koeman's thunderbolt secured the 1992 European Cup for Cruyff's Barcelona in the final season before the Champions League upgrade.
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Carlo Ancelotti – AC Milan/Real Madrid
Ancelotti's reputation as the Godfather of the Champions League is well deserved, with the Italian's four titles placing him as the most successful manager in the competition's history.
His talented AC Milan side won two Champions League titles, in 2003 and 2007, before winning the trophy in both of his stints at Real Madrid.
The 2022 final victory over Liverpool elevated to the outright title leader as manager, ahead of Bob Paisley and Zinedine Zidane, who have three each.
🇧🇷 Vinícius Júnior last time out against Liverpool ⚽️@vinijr || #UCL pic.twitter.com/59v4EcJnwG— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 20, 2023
However, despite his unrivalled success on the bench, Ancelotti is quick to remind younger fans of his days as the Milan midfield metronome, which won successive titles in 1989 and 1990.
Frank Rijkaard – AC Milan/Ajax/Barcelona
Rijkaard's Champions League trophy haul, as player and manager, created a record for the Dutchman, as he became the first person to win the competition with two different clubs as a player, and then as a manager.
He won two Champions League titles, as Ancelotti's midfield partner at the San Siro, before returning to Ajax to win the 1995 final, against I Rossoneri .
After being named as Barcelona head coach in 2003, he finally achieved his goal of winning the Champions League as a manger, as La Blaugrana edged past Arsene Wenger's Arsenal in the 2006 final.
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Pep Guardiola – Barcelona
Guardiola was a crucial player in Cruyff's 1992 European Cup winning side, alongside Koeman, Michael Laudrup and Hristo Stoichkov, as he won his only European Cup as a player.
His record as Barcelona manager surpassed his former mentor, with two Champions League won inside four seasons, in 2009 and 2011.
Guardiola's battles with Manchester United were among the most iconic Champions League finals in recent memories as he twice got the better of Sir Alex Ferguson, in the 2009 and 2011 finals.
Barcelona secured their third European Cup #OTD in 2009! 🏆— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 27, 2021
What do you remember most about this final?#UCL #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/LsLsf823KQ
Zinedine Zidane – Real Madrid
Zidane's volleyed winner in the 2002 Champions League final capped a mesmeric display from the Frenchman in Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Zidane talks about his 'special' #UCLfinal goal against Leverkusen in 2002… pic.twitter.com/orFVdptZ7v— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017
However, his record as Los Blancos manager created another historic chapter in his career, as he became the first manager to defend a Champions League title, with three incredible successive wins in 2016, 2017 and 2018.