Lifting the Champions League trophy is a privilege that very few footballers can access. Among those who got it are 22 Argentines. The last to join that list were Julián Álvarez and Máximo Perrone, after Manchester City's 1-0 victory over Inter in the final played this Saturday at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.
The first to achieve it were Alfredo Di Stéfano and Héctor Rial, who conquered the initial edition of the old European Cup in the 1955/56 season after defeating the French Stade de Reims in the final. Merengue won the first five trophies and both Di Stéfano and Rial were part of all those achievements. Those five titles keep them at the top of the roster of Argentine champions.
They are closely followed by Lionel Messi, who won four crowns with Barcelona: in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015. A step further back are Rogelio Domínguez and Fernando Redondo. The midfielder is the only Argentine who was consecrated with two clubs: he won two titles with Real Madrid (in 1998 and 2000) and one with Milan (2003).
In addition to the 20 men who were champions as footballers, two others achieved it as coaches: Luis Antonio Carniglia led Real Madrid in the 1957/58 and 1958/59 seasons, while Helenio Herrera managed Inter who won the two-time championship in the 1963/64 and 1964/65 campaigns.
The Argentine Champions League champions
- Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid 1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59 and 1959/60)
- Héctor Rial (Real Madrid 1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58; 1958/59 and 1959/60)
Roque Olsen (Real Madrid 1956/57)*
- Rogelio Domínguez (Real Madrid 1957/58, 1958/59 and 1959/60)
- Juan Pablo Sorín (Juventus 1995/96)
- Fernando Redondo (Real Madrid 1997/98 and 1999/2000, Milan 2002/2003)
- Albano Bizzarri (Real Madrid 1999/2000)
- Santiago Solari (Real Madrid 2001/02)
- José Chamot (Milan 2002/03)
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11 and 2014/15)
- Maximiliano López (Barcelona 2005/06)
- Carlos Tevez (Manchester United 2007/08)
- Javier Zanetti (Inter 2009/10)
- Diego Milito (Inter 2009/10)
- Walter Samuel (Inter 2009/10)
- Esteban Cambiasso (Inter 2009/10)
- Gabriel Milito (Barcelona 2010/11)
- Javier Mascherano (Barcelona 2010/11 and 2014/15)
- Ángel Di María (Real Madrid 2013/14)
Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea 2020/21)*
Julián Álvarez and Máximo Perrone (Manchester City 2021/22)
He was part of the squad but did not play any matches.