List of Real Madrid’s 2002 Champions League winners?

List of Real Madrid’s 2002 Champions League winners?

15 years on: Who were Real Madrid's 2002 Champions League winners?

List of Real Madrid’s 2002 Champions League winners?©Getty Images

Makélélé, Claude
A player who redefined the position of deep-lying defensive midfielder to such an extent that it became known as “the Makélélé role” in England, where he played for Chelsea. The French international from Kinshasa found success wherever he went. He has 71 caps and has won league titles in France, Spain, and England. He is now Swansea City’s assistant coach.

Steve McManaman
Merseyside-born McManaman spent nine years of his professional career with Liverpool, but it was in Madrid that he had his most illustrious period, scoring in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League final victory in 2000. He also won two Liga titles before finishing his career at Manchester City. McManaman has since held ambassadorial positions, worked in film production, corporate work, youth coaching, and served as a television pundit.

Raquel González
Ral played for Atlético Madrid before being released at the age of 15; their loss was Real Madrid’s gain. He scored his first Merengues goal against Atlético in 1994 and surpassed Alfredo Di Stéfano as the club’s leading scorer in 2009. He won six Liga titles and three UEFA Champions Leagues, scoring in the finals in 2000 and 2002, and played for Schalke, al-Sadd, and New York Cosmos before retiring in 2015. He is still in the United States promoting the Liga.

Mchel Salgado 
The flaxen-haired gentleman Salgado was a tenacious defender known for his right-sided raids. He began his career at Celta Vigo but rose to prominence with Real Madrid, where he won four Liga titles and two UEFA Champions Leagues. Salgado was capped 53 times by Spain and spent three seasons with Blackburn Rovers before retiring in 2012. He is now a TV commentator and the director of a youth academy in Dubai.

Luis Figo
Figo was the leader of Portugal’s golden generation and, along with Eusébio and Cristiano Ronaldo, one of three Portuguese players to win the Ballon d’Or in a career that spanned both Madrid and Barcelona. The winger finished his career at Internazionale Milano, where he won the Scudetto in each of his four seasons, and has held various ambassadorial roles at San Siro since his retirement.

Conceiço Flávio
Deportivo’s rise was crucial, culminating in their Liga triumph in 1999/2000. Real Madrid paid €26 million for the 26-year-services old’s that summer. Injuries plagued the Brazilian during his time at the Bernabéu, and he later played for Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray, and Panathinaikos. Flávio Conceiço, 32, called it quits after 44 caps. He went back to work as a scout in Brazil.

Fernando Hierro
Real Valladolid paid Madrid €2.2 million for Hierro’s services in 1989 – 14 years, three UEFA Champions League titles (he was captain for all three), and four Liga titles later, it appeared to be a wise investment to say the least. Hierro began his career as a midfielder but spent the majority of his time in central defense. He is currently the coach of Real Oviedo, Spain’s second-tier club.

Helguera Iván
Helguera was 24 years old when he arrived in Madrid from Espanyol in 1999. The defender/midfielder spent eight years at the Bernabéu, starting the UEFA Champions League finals in 2000 and 2002 and winning three Liga titles. Helguera also helped Valencia win the Copa del Rey in 2008, before retiring at the age of 33. He is now pursuing coaching credentials, running a real estate business, and appearing on the radio on a regular basis.

List of Real Madrid’s 2002 Champions League winners?

Fernando Morientes
Morientes, a fine all-round striker who was especially strong in the air, spent six years at the Bernabéu, working alongside Ral, before moving on loan to Monaco in 2003/04, a decision the Merengues regretted when he helped knock them out of Europe. He played for Liverpool, Valencia, and Marseille before retiring in 2010. He has coached in the past, including at third-tier Fuenlabrada in 2015/16, but he is now a Liga ambassador.

Zinédine Zidane 
Zidane, possibly the greatest player of his generation, will be remembered forever for his volley in the 2002 final. The playmaker won titles at Juventus and Real Madrid and was a talisman for France’s world and European championship teams. Zizou retired in 2006 but stayed at the Bernabéu, eventually becoming coach in January of this year. In his first season, he led the team to the UEFA Champions League.

 Santiago Solari
Solari was an Argentina champion as a youngster with River Plate before becoming a European champion with Real Madrid in their 2002 final triumph. The versatile winger joined Madrid from relegated rivals Atlético in 2000 and spent five seasons at the Bernabéu before moving on to Internazionale, where he won three Serie A titles. He is currently the reserve coach for Real Madrid.

Roberto Carlos
Brazilian winger Roberto Carlos, known for his vicious left foot, appeared in over 500 matches for the Merengues. He left in 2007 and had varying degrees of success in Turkey (Fenerbahçe), Brazil (Corinthians), and Russia (Anji) before embarking on a coaching career in Russia, Turkey, and India. He is currently training in preparation for a six-a-side ‘World Cup’ in London in June.

César Sánchez
The ex-Real Valladolid youth product was in Real Madrid’s starting lineup for this UEFA Champions League final but was replaced by Casillas due to a second-half injury. He later played for Real Zaragoza and Valencia before retiring from La Liga at the age of 40 with Villarreal. He has since earned his coaching credentials.

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