10 Players with Copa Libertadores and UEFA Champions League Titles

Copa Libertadores and UEFA Champions League Titles: The Copa Libertadores is to South America what the UEFA Champions League is to Europe. Flamengo won the 2023 Copa Libertadores in one of the most dramatic finals in recent memory, coming from behind to defeat River Plate 2-1 on Saturday. Gabriel Barbosa, also known as Gabigol, scored both goals for Flamengo, including a 91st-minute winner.

River Plate took the lead in the 72nd minute through a goal from Julián Álvarez, and it looked like they were on their way to defending their title. However, Flamengo mounted a stunning comeback in the final minutes of the match.

Gabigol scored his first goal in the 89th minute with a header from a corner kick. Then, just two minutes later, he completed his brace with a brilliant finish from inside the box.

Flamengo’s victory was particularly special for former Bayern Munich full-back Rafinha. Rafinha became just the 10th player to win both the Copa Libertadores and the UEFA Champions League, having previously won the latter competition with Bayern Munich in 2013.

The Copa Libertadores is the most prestigious club competition in South America, and Flamengo’s victory was a fitting end to a thrilling season. Let’s take a look at the other nine players who have won Copa Libertadores and UEFA Champions League Titles. Also read Most Successful Teams in Copa America History.

10 Players with Copa Libertadores and UEFA Champions League Titles

Copa Libertadores and UEFA Champions League Titles

Nelson de Jesus Silva (Brazil)

Dida, one of the greatest Brazilian goalkeepers of all time, is best known for his crucial role in AC Milan’s dominant side of the early 2000s. He won the Copa Libertadores with Cruzeiro in 1997 before lifting the Champions League twice with Milan in 2003 and 2007.

TournamentsTeamsYears
UCLAC Milan2003, 2007
Copa LibertadoresCruzeiro1997

CAFU (Brazil)

Cafu, the most capped Brazilian player of all time, is the only player to have appeared in three consecutive World Cup finals, winning the 1994 and 2002 editions. He was also part of the São Paulo squad that won the Copa Libertadores consecutively in 1992 and 1993, and he won the UEFA Champions League with AC Milan in 2007.

TournamentsTeamsYears
UCLAC Milan2007
Copa LibertadoresSao Paolo1992, 1993

JUAN PABLO SORIN (Argentina)

Pablo Sorín was the first player to win the UEFA Champions League and the Copa Libertadores in the same season, achieving this feat in 1995-96.

He signed for Juventus in 1995 after captaining the Argentina national team to victory in the 1995 FIFA World Youth Championship, but he struggled to adapt to life in Italy and returned to Argentina in January 1996. He joined River Plate and won the Copa Libertadores with them that year.

TournamentsTeamsYears
UCLJuventus1996
Copa LibertadoresRiver Plate 1996

JOSE VITOR ROQUE JR. (Brazil)

Roque Júnior was part of AC Milan’s UEFA Champions League-winning squad in 2003, having previously spent five seasons at Palmeiras, where he won the Copa Libertadores in 1999.

TournamentsTeamsYears
UCLAC Milan2003
Copa LibertadoresPalmeiras1999

CARLOS TEVEZ (Argentina)

Carlos Tevez, the Boca Juniors forward, had a successful career in both Europe and South America. He won the Copa Libertadores with Boca Juniors in 2003 and the UEFA Champions League with Manchester United in 2008. This is his third spell at Boca Juniors.

TournamentsTeamsYears
UCLManchester United2008
Copa LibertadoresBoca Juniors2003

WALTER SAMUEL (Argentina)

Walter Samuel played a key role in Inter Milan’s treble-winning team in 2010, forming a formidable defensive partnership with Lúcio under José Mourinho. He won the Copa Libertadores with Boca Juniors in his final season in Argentina.

TournamentsTeamsYears
UCLInter Milan2010
Copa LibertadoresBoca Juniors2000

RONALDINHO (Brazil)

Ronaldinho, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, won numerous awards and trophies throughout his career. He was at his peak in Barcelona, where he won the Champions League in 2006.

In 2011, Ronaldinho returned to Brazil to play for Flamengo. The following season, he joined Atlético Mineiro and won the Copa Libertadores with them.

Ronaldinho’s victory in the Copa Libertadores was a crowning achievement for his career. He was the first player to win both the Champions League and the Copa Libertadores, and he is still the only player to have achieved this feat.

TournamentsTeamsYears
UCLBarcelona2006
Copa LibertadoresAtletico Mineiro 2013

NEYMAR (Brazil)

Neymar, the PSG forward, scored an impressive 54 goals in over 100 appearances for Santos. He won the Copa Libertadores with them in 2011.

He then signed for Barcelona and won the Champions League with them in the 2014-15 season. He formed a formidable trio famously known as “MSN” at Barcelona and won several trophies in Spain before joining PSG.

Neymar is one of the most talented footballers in the world, and his record in both Europe and South America is remarkable. He is the only player to have won both the Copa Libertadores and the Champions League before the age of 25.

TournamentsTeamsYears
UCLBarcelona2015
Copa LibertadoresSantos2011

DANILO (Brazil)

Danilo, the 28-year-old Brazilian right-back, was part of the Santos squad that won the Copa Libertadores in 2011. He then signed for Real Madrid, where he won the Champions League twice, in 2016 and 2017. In 2017, he joined Manchester City, and after two seasons, he moved to Juventus in Italy, where he currently plays.

TournamentsTeamsYears
UCLReal Madrid2016, 2017
Copa LibertadoresSantos2011

RAFINHA (Brazil)

Rafinha, the former Bayern Munich right-back, won the Copa Libertadores with Flamengo on Saturday, becoming the latest player to join the exclusive club of players to win both the Copa Libertadores and the Champions League. He spent eight seasons at Bayern and won the Champions League with them in 2013.

TournamentsTeamsYears
UCLBayern Munich2013
Copa LibertadoresFlamengo2019

FAQ’s

Who has won Copa Libertadores and Champions League?

Carlos Tevez enjoyed great success in Argentina, winning the Copa Libertadores with Boca Juniors in 2003. He then joined Manchester United, forming one of the most formidable attacking trios in football history with Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. Together, they won the Champions League in 2008.

How many UEFA Champions League has Messi won?

In addition to his four Champions League wins (2006, 2009, 2011, 2015), Lionel Messi has won 10 La Liga titles, 7 Copa del Rey titles, 8 Spanish Super Cups, 3 European Super Cups, and 3 FIFA Club World Cups over the course of his 17-season career, in which he has played 778 games and scored 672 goals.

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