5 Ghanaian Footballers Who Have Won The UEFA Champions League

UEFA Champions League Trophy

The UEFA Champions League returns tonight [August 7, 2020], after it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first game will be between Manchester City and Real Madrid.

Ahead of this game, we decided to look at the Ghanaian footballers who have won the prestigious trophy.

Five Ghanaians have won the UEFA Champions League with their respective clubs. Check them out:

Abedi Ayew ‘Pele’

Abedi Ayew ‘Pele’ was very instrumental in Olympique de Marseille’s first-ever Champions League triumph in 1993.

Abedi Pele (right with shirt off) holding the UEFA Champions League trophy with his teammates

Marseille beat AC Milan 1-0 at the Olympic Stadium to become the first French club to lift the prestigious European title.

The winning goal was scored by Basile Boli, but the assist from Abedi Pele was the highlight of the game.

Abedi Pele delivered a sublime corner kick which was headed in by Basile Boli to win the game for Marseille.

Ibrahim Tanko

Ibrahim Tanko did not participate in the 1997 Champions League final which Borussia Dortmund won due to injuries.

Ibrahim Tanko during his playing days at Borussian Dortmund (Getty Images)

He, however, received a winner’s medal for contributing to Dortmund’s journey to the finals in Munich. He made three appearnaces for Dortmund in the competition.

Borussia Dortmund beat Juventus 3-1 to lift the title.

Samuel Osei Kuffour

After losing the Champions League title to Manchester United in 1999, Sammy Kuffour put up an excellent performance for Bayern Munich against Valencia in the final of 2001 to ensure that they took the trophy back to Munich.

Sammy Kuffour kissing the Champions League trophy

Bayern Munich beat Valencia 6-5 on penalties after the match finished in a 1–1 draw, to lift the Champions League title.

Sammy Kuffour played for 120 minutes in that game.

Sulley Muntari

Sulley Muntari was crucial in helping Inter Milan win its first European Cup title since 1965.

Sulley Muntari lifts the Champions League trophy (Getty Images)

Inter Milan, which was managed by Jose Mourinho at the time, beat Bayern Munich 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid. Inter’s goals were scored by Diego Milito.

Muntari did not start in the final game, but his impact after coming on as a substitute was enough to help Inter win the match.

Michael Essien

Michael Essien won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012, four years after they lost painfully to Manchester United in the final of Moscow 2008.

Michael Essien with his Champions League medal in his mouth after Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in the 2012 finals

Chelsea beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties after the match finished in a 1-1 draw, to clinch their first-ever Champions League title.

Essien did not contibute as much to Chelsea’s triumph in Munich due to injuries that marred his season.

See Also: 6 Ghanaian Footballers Who Made Big Moves To The Premier League

source: kuulpeeps.com

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