Football is the most-watched sport in the world. People watch it with passion and support their favourite teams from the heart. Fans who follow the game precisely, love interesting football facts both about teams and players. So, in this article, we’ll bring you football facts about players who have won the UCL, Premier League and the World Cup in their career.
Winning all three above mentioned titles isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Legends of the game who played in the Premier League failed to achieve all the titles. Players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and many other PL legends couldn’t win all three.
There are only 6 players who have achieved this incredible feat:
1. Fabien Barthez | Manchester United, Marseille, France
Legendary goalkeeper Fabien Barthez had an extraordinary career. He enjoyed success everywhere he played. He won the UEFA Champions League in the year 1992 with Marseille. Barthez performed exceptionally and helped his team win the Champions League. He conceded just 4 goals and kept 7 clean sheets in 10 games that season.
The Frenchman was his nation’s first-choice goalkeeper during their World Cup triumph in 1998. The world-cup winning goalkeeper holds the joint record of keeping the highest no. of clean sheets (10) along with Peter Shilton.
Fabien Barthez then went on to win the Premier League twice(2000,2004) with Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson to complete the set.
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2. Juliano Belletti | Chelsea, Barcelona, Brazil
Juliano Belletti is one of the most underrated players in football. Perhaps he was underrated because of the overwhelming stars present in Brazil’s 2002 world Cup-winning campaign. He won the world cup in 2002 with Brazil. However, one of the most interesting football facts is he only played 5 minutes in the tournament and he still has a winner’s medal.
His champions league triumph with FC Barcelona was different. He featured 10 times in the Blaugrana jersey in the competition. Belletti scored the winning goal in the UCL final for Barcelona in 2006.
Belletti won the premier league with Chelsea in the 2009/10 season to complete the achievement.
3. Pedro Rodriguez | Chelsea, Barcelona, Spain
Pedro Rodriguez, the Barcelona legend has won all 3 titles. He played a major part under Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona in their title-winning run in 2008-12. He won 3 champions league title with Barcelona. Two under pep and one under Luis Enrique.
Pedro played a very important role in the WorldCup winning run of Spain in 2010. He made the winner assist in the quarter-final and featured in the starting xi of the final against the Netherlands.
Pedro moved to Chelsea after his successful career in Barcelona. He played a vital role in Antonio Conte’s 2016/17 title win, scoring 19 goals and assists.
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4. Gerard Pique | Manchester United, Barcelona, Spain
Gerard Pique has won it all. He won the premier league with Manchester United in the 2007/08 season. He appeared briefly under Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad to win the premier league medal.
Pique won the champions league with Barcelona under Pep. His major trophies came with Barcelona along with 3 UCL titles. He was one of the core players in the squad and played a very important role in the team’s defence.
He was also a part of Spain’s Worldcup winning side in 2010. The team relied upon his defensive abilities. He played every single minute in the 2010 WorldCup and was one of the most important players in the squad.
5. Thierry Henry | Arsenal, Barcelona, France
Henry is one of the greatest players ever to step foot in the Premier League. He won the title with Arsenal under Wenger in 2001 and 2004. He was also part of the famous invincible squad that won the PL without a defeat.
Before his PL achievements, he had already won the Worldcup in 1998. He was an integral part of the France WorldCup winning squad alongside Zidane and others.
Later in his career, he helped Barcelona win the champions league under Pep. He scored 5 goals and assisted 3 during their triumph in 2008-09.
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6. N’Golo Kante | Chelsea/Leicester City, Chelsea, France
The latest addition to this list, N’Golo Kante, also happens to be the only player to have won the league with two teams. He did the unthinkable to win the premier league with Leicester City. Kante was the backbone of Antonio Conte’s league winning run in 2016/17 as well.
Recently, he won the Champions League title with Chelsea for the first time and was the best player of Chelsea day in and out.
N’Golo Kante was the heart-beat of the Worldcup winning team of France in 2018. He helped France win their first world cup since 1998 under Deschamps.