Ranking the 5 greatest players to win both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League

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Playing in the UEFA Champions League is a dream come true for a footballer, let alone the pleasure of winning it. Over time, getting to participate in the tournament has only gotten tougher.

It so happens that after intensely fighting for a Champions League spot, teams are knocked out of the group stages into the Europa League. Although frustrating, the Europa League has its own charm.

Top players have won both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League

There is no doubt that winning the UEFA Champions League is a massive task. And even though the Europa League involves lesser-known teams, top clubs have struggled to win it.

There are sides who have won both the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League. In the process, some great players have had the honor to win both of these trophies. On that note, here we rank five of the greatest players to win both the European honors during their careers:


# 5 Juan Mata (Chelsea & Manchester United)

Manchester United v Chelsea - Premier League

Juan Mata in all competitions for Chelsea 2012/13: Premier League: 35 games – 28 G / A Champions League: 5 games – 6 G / AEuropa League: 8 games – 6 G / AFA Cup: 6 games – 6 G / AEFL Cup : 5 games – 6 G / A52 goal contributions in 59 games.That is sensational. https://t.co/gBDY7GFp2d

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Mata remains the only player on the list to have won the UEFA Europa League twice. Even though Manchester United are struggling right now, the 33-year-old is the only player on the list with a chance of technically winning the UEFA Champions League once again.


# 4 John Terry (Chelsea)

Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League

John Terry’s Chelsea career by numbers: 717 games5 FA Cup5 Premier League3 League Cup1 Champions League 1 Europa League78 England caps and a play-off run with Aston Villa to add. 👏 https://t.co/FqqZDletl9

Of course, his penalty miss in the 2007-08 Champions League final against Manchester United was a painful one but he came back strongly. Terry’s strong defending at the back combined with his leadership skills were the hallmark of his Chelsea career.

# 3 Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad v Liverpool FC - UEFA Champions LeagueFC Barcelona v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Semi Final

Happy 41st birthday Frank Lampard, as a player: 👕 913 games🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 106 caps⚽ 303 goals🏆 3 Premier League🏆 3 FA Cup🏆 2 League Cup🏆 2 FA Community Shield🏆 1 Champions League🏆 1 Europa League 🏆 1 Intertoto CupSuper, Super Frank. https://t.co/RtHQ7x0kGR

Above everything it was his goal contributions that made the difference more often than not. Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time highest goal scorer. In his 13 seasons with the Blues, he won the UEFA Champions League in 2011-12, followed by a Europa League win the following year.


# 1 Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Chelsea v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final

x5 Premier Leaguex1 Champions Leaguex1 Europa Leaguex1 FA Cupx3 League Cupx1 Club World Cupx4 Community ShieldWayne Rooney was a serial trophy lifter 🏆 https://t.co/XV5MpQPNny

With his aggression, technical skills, goal-scoring abilities and relentless approach on the pitch, Rooney gave his all. He played a major role in helping Manchester United win the UEFA Champions League in the 2007-08 season and the Europa League in the 2016-17 season.

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