Chelsea have won the UEFA Champions League for the second time after beating their opponent Manchester City 1-0 on Saturday, yesterday, May 29, at the Estadio do Dragao in Portugal.
Because of that we have decided to share the history of the Champions Leagues and Ghanaian players by looking at the Ghanaian footballers who have won the prestigious trophy.
Below are the 5 Ghanaian footballers who have won the UEFA Champions League;
1. Abedi Ayew Pele
Abedi Ayew Pele help Olympique de Marseille to win their first-ever UEFA Champions League trophy with in 1993, and he was very instrumental after beating Italian club AC Milan 1-0 at the Olympic Stadium to become the first French club to lift the prestigious European title.
2. Ibrahim Tanko
Ibrahim Tanko help Borussia Dortmund to win the 1997 UEFA Champions League to beat Juventus 3-1 to lift the title, though did not participate in the final due to injuries. He made three appearances for Dortmund in the competition, and he received a winner’s medal for contributing to Dortmund’s journey to the finals in Munich.
3. Samuel Osei Kuffour
Samuel Osei Kuffour put up an excellent performance for Bayern Munich against Valencia in the 2001 UEFA Champions League final by playing the full 90 minutes and the extra 30 minutes, which help them won the trophy by beating Valencia 6-5 on penalties after the match finished in a 1–1 draw. Before bounces back to win the trophy, Osei Kuffour together with Bayern Munich lost the Champions League title to Manchester United in 1999.
4. Sulley Muntari
Sulley Muntari was crucial in helping Inter Milan to win the UEFA Champions League again in 2010 after many years as the last time they won was back to back in 1994 and 1965. Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid to lift the trophy, and the team was managed by Jose Mourinho at that time.
5. Michael Essien
Michael Essien help Chelsea to win their first-ever UEFA Champions League trophy in 2012 after they lost painfully to Manchester United in the final of Moscow in 2008 on penalties. The final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich finished 1-1, and Chelsea beat them 4-3 on penalties to lift the trophy.