5 footballers who have won the Champions League, World Cup and Premier League

5 footballers who have won the Champions League, World Cup and Premier League

Winning major trophies is what every professional footballer dreams of, but there are only five stars in the history of the game to have won a FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, and English Premier League. 


The UEFA Champions League is a yearly encounter between top clubs in Europe battling it out to be regarded as the best club in world football while the FIFA World Cup takes place once in 4 years as the world’s top nations compete to be named as the top football-playing countries in the world. Premier League is one of the most exciting leagues in the world, which is most watched. 

 

Here are the five players who have won the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, and Premier League.

 

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Thierry Henry

His football career started with Monaco youth ranks under manager Arsene Wenger, from where he moved to Juventus where he majorly played as a left winger. Post-2000, Henry got converted into a striker and became one of the most feared players in Europe. He then moved to Arsenal where he won Premier League two times, and then to Barcelona where the team captured the Champions League Trophy in 2008-2009. Henry had a fantastic career with France as he won the FIFA World Cup, Euro Championship in 2000, FIFA Confederation Cup in 2003 and also reached the finals of FIFA World Cup 2006.

 

 

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Fabien Barthez

Fabien Barthez is a player underrated by many football fans, dismissed as a clown that can only be relied upon to eventually make a mistake. While it is true that he had his moments, what shouldn’t be forgotten is his outstanding record as a goalkeeper. He won the Premier League with Manchester United in 2000-01 and 2002-03, UEFA Champions League with Marseille in 1992-93 and 1998 FIFA World Cup with France.

Throughout France’s victorious World Cup campaign, Barthez was an integral part of the team, letting in just two goals in the seven matches Les Bleus played. He was given the Yashin award for those performances, as well as being named European Goalkeeper of the Year, an award he would win again in 2000.

 

 

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Juliano Belletti

Juliano Belletti is another player in this elite list. Belletti, who won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, had spells in Europe at Villarreal, Barcelona, and Chelsea, winning two La Liga titles, one Premier League trophy, and a Champions League title. He won the UEFA Champions League with Barcelona in 2005-06, Premier League with Chelsea in 2009-10 and 2002 FIFA World Cup with Brazil. In 2015, he retired from international football.

 

 

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Gerard Pique

Spanish center-back Gerard Pique is another star to win the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, and Premier League. In 2007-08 he won the Premier League with Manchester United, UEFA Champions League with United in 2007-08 and with Barcelona in 2008-09, 2010-11 and 2014-15. He won the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Spain in South Africa.

 

 

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Pedro Rodriguez

Chelsea footballer Pedro Rodriguez won UEFA Champions League with Barcelona in 2008-09, 2010-11 and 2014-15, he won Premier League with Chelsea in 2016-17 and World Cup with Spain. Pedro started his career with Barcelona and stayed there for 9 seasons before moving to Chelsea in 2015. Since 2010 he has played in 64 matches for the Spain national team and scored 17 goals. His honors with the national team: winner of the UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Barcelona go past Sevilla for their 13th Spanish Super Cup

Barcelona go past Sevilla for their 13th Spanish Super Cup

It was a closely fought match between two top Spanish sides, FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC. Both sides knew what was at stake in Morocco before the game kicked off. For Barcelona, it was the integration of all the signings alongside the stars.

For Sevilla, it was a new system altogether with their new coach settling at the club. Pablo Machin, who shone on his first season with Girona in the league took over the reins at Sevilla. His first big task was against Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona side who were chasing glory.

It was Pablo Sarabia who had the first impact on the game with a finish that would have made the likes of Lionel Messi proud with his left foot. It was also the first time VAR made its debut in Spanish football. After the on-field referees ruled the goal offside, it was VAR which made a correct decision of the goal standing.

Pin-drop silence at Tangier:

1-0 to Sevilla, and with Sarabia celebrating his goal, there was pin-drop dead silence at Tangier. 75% of the crowd were in favor of FC Barcelona on the night, and the goal from Sarabia silenced the crowd. However, this Barcelona side has never bowed down from a battle and did not bow down this time around as well.

The equalizer came and came very late in the first half, after a dozen chances for the Catalans. It was Leo Messi who made the impact, with a freekick on the edge of the box. The left-footed shot from Messi saw a rebound off the post to the far corner where a striker turned defender Gerard Pique was lurking.

A typical defender’s goal, and a typical Gerard Pique’s goal, who likes to get on the end of a cross. The teams went into halftime level at 1-1, with Arthur and Clement Lenglet making their official debut for Barcelona. Valverde replaced the Brazilian with the Croatian Ivan Rakitic who made the centre of the park his own with an outstanding display.

Dembele too hot for Vaclik:

Barcelona were on the charge and found momentum going toward Sevilla’s goal. However, there was the Czech keeper Tomas Vaclik who made a string of good saves to keep the Seville side in the game. However, in the end, it was a fitting goal for Ousmane Dembele who shot across the goal with his right foot to give Barcelona the lead.

At 2-1, Barcelona never looked back until the 90th minute when goalkeeper Ter Stegen made a mistake which resulted in a penalty for Sevilla. Wissam Ben Yedder stepped up and shot it tame straight to the German goalkeeper to give Barcelona their 13th Spanish Super title.

Gerard Pique announces retirement from the Spanish National Team

Gerard Pique announces retirement from the Spanish National Team

Barcelona and Spain’s defender Gerard Pique has confirmed his decision of stepping down from the National team. Spain were hit with the news of Pique’s retirement soon after they crashed out of the World Cup against the hosts Russia.

Pique has been one of the most instrumental defenders for La Roja during the most successful period in Spain’s history. With a World Cup winners medal and two Euro winners medal for the defender, he bows down in Spanish history as one of the most valuable defenders.

However, Pique’s announcement is not shocking to the fans, as the defender had hinted at retirement prior to the World Cup. The 32-year-old’s increasing speech on Catalan nationalism and freedom has triggered a large spread hatred in the Spanish community.

“I have had a really good time, with a European Championship and a World Cup, but that story is at an end,” he told reporters on Saturday prior to Barcelona’s Supercopa clash with Sevilla.

Pique has already informed Luis Enrique:

The new Spanish boss Luis Enrique also happens to be Pique’s former coach at Barcelona. The defender had a fruitful time under the guidance of Luis Enrique and would have loved to have him as the manager for the Russia World Cup.

Things, however, did not go according to the plan for the national team and Pique has made it a formal announcement.

Earlier in the year, Pique had signaled that the Russia World Cup would be his last when he said: “It would make sense to leave it after the World Cup.”

“It has been a wonderful time and I have experienced amazing things, but sometimes you have to end cycles and you have to do that in the right fashion.” concluded the defender before the World Cup.

Pique now joins his former teammate at Barcelona, Andres Iniesta as players who have stepped down following Spain’s exit in the round of 16 to the hosts Russia.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Matchday 17th: As it happened….!

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Spain are out…!

Russia sends shockwaves all over the world by knocking out 2010 World Cup winner’s Spain in a match that ended in a penalty shootout. Spain completed 1115 passes in the match with a passing accuracy of 90 percent, sadly their only goal of the match came as an own goal by Sergi Ignashevich. They passed, passed, passed, and passed away is one of the few chants people are chanting right now. Spain took 9 shots on target finding the net once while Artem Dzyuba converted Russia’s only shot on target of the match from the spot kick ending the match in a 1-1 draw.

Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved Koke and Iago Aspas’s penalties, helping the hosts reaching the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in history. By winning the shoot-out 4-3 Russia become the fifth consecutive nation as host winning the penalty shootout since 1998.

Soon after the match was finished one of Spain’s greatest footballer Andres Iniesta who scored the winner in the final of 2010 World Cup final, announced his retirement from the international football. “It is a reality that is my last match with the national team, at the individual level a wonderful stage is over,” he said. Former Barcelona midfielder played 131 matches for the La Roja scoring 13 goals and won Euro Cup in 2008 and 2012 besides FIFA World Cup in 2010. Gerard Pique followed his former club mate and decided to put an end to his controversial international career.

Croatia are through…

Croatia knocked out Denmark in the other match of the day as the Vatreni make it to their first World Cup quarter-finals since 1998 in France when they went on to finish 3rd. Denmark started the match on a high note when Matthias Jorgensen finds the net in just 58 seconds but couldn’t hold on to the lead for long as Mario Mandzukic equalized for Croatia in the 4th minute. It was for the first time when both the matches of the day were decided by penalty shootout since 21st June 1986 (France vs Brazil & Mexico vs Germany). The Croatians had the last laugh winning the shootout 3-2.

Kasper Schmeichel winning hearts…

Denmark might have a bad day but their goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had one of the best days of his football career. The Danish saved a total of three penalties in the match one of which coming into the extra time in 116th minute keeping Denmark’s hopes alive till the shootout. He might not have helped his side win the match as his father did in 1998 World cup but certainly Peter Schmeichel would be proud of his boy’s performance.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Barcelona players going to Russia

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With the World Cup just around the corner, the fans are brimming with immense joy and excitement. Some people just need another reason to search something about the World Cup. We tend to connect the things that we love; one way is to look for players who represent our clubs in the World Cup and add another few countries to the list of teams to support in the upcoming World Cup. This article will look at one club FC Barcelona and the 14 players who are off to Russia.

Here are the players from FC Barcelona who will be playing in the FIFA World Cup 2018

ARGENTINA: Lionel Messi 

Argentina faces a tough group with Croatia, Nigeria & Iceland. The current holder of the Golden Ball (2014 Brazil) and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi had an immensely prolific season finishing ahead of Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo as Europe’s top scorer. Often considered as the best footballer in history(debatable), Messi has been voted FIFA’s player of the year on five separate occasions. Argentina’s all-time leading goalscorer and captain will be making his fourth World Cup appearance at Russia 2018. The 30-year old has scored 64 goals in 124 matches for Argentina.

BELGIUM: Thomas Vermaelen 

Belgium has been tipped for greatness for several years now, with the Red Devils possessing blistering potential in a superb crop of players. Their golden generation is not getting any younger, however, and their fans will be hoping they can hit their promised heights at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Thomas Vermaelen has been a fringe player after his transfer to Barcelona but he has 63 caps for his country and is still a relatively more important player for the Belgian National Team.

BRAZIL: Philippe Coutinho & Paulinho 

Brazil is considered to be one of the most powerful sides going to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It is believed that all Brazilians are born with the gift of playing football and it is hard to disagree with the statement seeing the never-ending amount of gifted Brazilians in world football. Coutinho is one such Brazilian who is one of the most technically gifted players in the world. He has the ability to go past defenders with a certain flair and pick out the runners with amazing through balls. He has scored 9 goals in 36 matches for Brazil and will look to add to his tally in the upcoming World Cup.

Paulinho is the second player joining the Brazil squad after Coutinho and can be looked at as his less shiny version. He is a rugged central midfielder who likes to cover as much as grass as possible in the 90 minutes he plays. The 29-year old performs his best in the yellow shirt and has already scored 12 goals in his 48 appearances for the country.

COLOMBIA: Yerry Mina

Jose Pekerman’s side will face Japan, Poland, and Senegal in Group H. Colombia is poised to finish on the top of the group. In terms of who will advance to the knockout stages, the battle between Poland and Colombia could prove pivotal. Yerry Mina is new to the Barcelona side and is considered a hot prospect, his performance in Colombia’s campaign will be detrimental for his stature among other high-profile youngsters. At the age of 24, Mina has already earned 12 caps for his country.

CROATIA: Ivan Rakitic 

One of the more important matches would take place on the 21st of June this year between Croatia and Argentina, The duel between Ivan Rakitic and his Barcelona teammate, Lionel Messi will definitely prove to be one of the many intriguing subplots to what will be just the second meeting between the two nations on the global stage. Rakitic has earned 91 caps for Croatia and is undoubtedly one of their most important players.

FRANCE: Samuel Umtiti & Ousmane Dembele 

France is in a relatively easy group with Peru, Australia, and Denmark, all of them considered to be leagues below France. Samuel Umtiti has been a key player for the French National team since his performances in the 2016 Euro Cup. At the age of 24, he has earned 18 caps for his country and also cemented his place in the first team in the process.

Ousmane Dembele is one of the hottest prospects in world football, after his mega-money move to Spanish giants Barcelona, he has earned a spot in 23-man French World Cup squad. The 21-year old has already played in 11 matches for his nation and will hope to add more to his tally.

GERMANY: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen 

Joachim Low’s reigning champions will face Mexico, South Korea, and Sweden in Group F. Die Mannschaft will be looking to defend their title as the World Cup champions of 2014. Ter Stegen had an amazing season for Barcelona with 19 clean sheets out of his 37 games. The German International built his stellar performance to the extent that some fans believe that he deserves the no.1 shirt ahead of Manuel Neuer.

SPAIN: Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta & Jordi Alba  

Spain is in one of the most competitive groups in the upcoming World Cup with Iran, Morroco and UEFA Euro 16 winners Portugal. Piqué was a key figure in defence and a natural leader for Barcelona’s back line. He is set to partner Sergio Ramos and form one of the deadliest defensive duos in the world. The 31-year old has earned 97 caps for his country and is sure to reach a century in the upcoming World Cup.

Sergio Busquets recently passed a century of caps for his national team. One of the most experienced and disciplined footballers in the world today, the defensive midfielder is a guaranteed starter in the amazing Spanish midfield.

The scorer of the winner in Spain’s last World Cup victory, Andres Iniesta still continues to have an impact on the squad. With 13 goals in 126 matches for the Spanish National side, he’s been selected in the squad for the upcoming World Cup as well.

The Spanish full-back is considered to be one of the best defenders in the world. His composed defensive style as well as ability to burst down the flanks and link up with attackers flawlessly makes Alba a complete full-back. The 29-year old holds 61 caps for the Spanish National team. 

URUGUAY: Luis Suarez 

With two-time champions, Uruguay looking like the team which will most likely top Group A, The 2nd place will most definitely be contested strongly among Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. A prolific striker for club and country, Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time leading goalscorer. A European and world champion with Barcelona, the forward has scored five times at the FIFA World Cup, having starred at South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. The 31-year old will be looking to add to his tally of 51 goals in 98 appearances for his country.

La Liga Team of the Season 2017/18: Who has made the list?

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The Team of the Season for the La Liga has been announced on 11th May this year by EA Sports. This team includes the best players of the season who have managed impress consistently. The usual dominance by giants Real Madrid and Barcelona is rivaled by Atlético de Madrid this year. Here is the starting eleven of the best players in the La Liga 2017-18 season.

Goalkeeper: Marc-André ter Stegen (FC Barcelona)

Ter Stegen had an amazing season for Barcelona with 19 clean sheets out of his 37 games. Barcelona dominated the La Liga winning the title with a 14 point difference. Their elite performance certainly helped the German International build his stellar performance, to the extent that some fans believe that he should get the no.1 shirt ahead of Neuer.

Full-back: Jordi Alba (FC Barcelona)

La Liga veteran Jordi Alba has had one of his most prolific seasons yet with 2 goals and 8 assists to his name also holding the club highest of 86 interceptions. The 29-year old had another successful season with the club and was a crucial player in Ernesto Valverde’s side.

Centre-back: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos scored 4 goals and provided 1 assist in the 26 games he played this season. The Spanish International 29 tackles, 84 clearances and 46 interceptions but Real still had a disappointing season finishing 3rd in the League, 17 points behind life-long rivals Barcelona.

Centre-back: Gerard Piqué (FC Barcelona)

Piqué boasted impressive stats with 124 clearances, 30 interceptions, and 22 tackles. The 31-year old was a key figure in defence with 30 appearances and was a natural leader for Barcelona’s back line.

Full-back: Lucas Hernández (Atlético de Madrid)

The 22-year old defender played 27 games for Los Rojiblancos where he managed an amazing 68 tackles, 78 clearances and 40 interceptions, helping them finish 2nd in the League above direct rivals Real Madrid. Lucas Hernández also made it to France’s 23-man World Cup squad.

Centre Midfield: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

With 5 goals and 7 assists, Toni Kroos managed a stellar performance under Zidane. The 28-year old German International also boasted 1,927 passes, 35 tackles,16 interceptions and a whopping 64 key passes.

Centre Midfield: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF)

A lesser known figure in this team is the Spanish midfielder Daniel Parejo. He had a prolific season scoring 7 goals and assisting another 7. He played 34 games for the club making 2,023 passes, 57 tackles, 34 interceptions and 70 key passes, clearly setting him a class apart from any other candidates for his spot in this team.

Centre Midfield: Saúl (Atlético de Madrid)

23-year old Saúl Niguez made 36 appearances for Atlético, showing that he was a key figure in Simeone’s side. The young midfielder was selected for Spain’s World Cup campaign this year and it’s clear why he was chosen above numerous alternative options that Spain boasts every year. With 1,393 passes, 73 clearances, 55 interceptions and 59 dribbles, Saúl has proven himself to be a capable all-rounder.

Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Many expected that Cristiano Ronaldo’s name would not be in such a team at the beginning of the season when he had a poor run of form (in his standards). The Portuguese International was criticised and called a player who was aging but in no time showed he still was the world’s best. He finished the season with 26 goals and 5 assists in just 27 matches rocketing above the rest of his competitors.

Forward: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)

The God of La Liga had to be here, didn’t he? The Inhuman player had an even more inhumane season with 34 goals and 12 assists whilst he held the record for highest goals (32), assists (12), key passes (87) and dribbles (185); Lionel Messi everyone, take a minute to digest that.

Forward: Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid)

Atlético’s best player this season and one of the highest rated players in world football. Griezmann holds the club highest of 19 goals and 9 assists in his 32 games for Los Rojiblancos guiding them to the 2nd place in the La Liga and a Europa League victory this season. According to several reports, the Frenchman’s move to rivals Barcelona is imminent which would be a massive blow for the club.