The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious football club competition in the world, with over 700 million spectators (per Marca) watching the 2021 Champions League final.
9 times players have won the Champions League in their home stadium
Karim Benzema is aiming to be the 10th player to win the UEFA Champions League final in front of his home fans. Who are the other nine?
On perhaps the most glorious night of football, some select few players have had the opportunity to lift the Champions League trophy in front of their home fans, in their home country.
As Real Madrid take on Liverpool in the 2022 final at the Stade de France in Paris, Los Blancos striker Karim Benzema stands the chance to join the folklore of players who have achieved this feat. And so does Liverpool's Ibrahima Konate.
Players who have won the Champions League at home
In this list of players (or teams) that have won the UEFA Champions League final in front of their home fans, we have considered only finals played in the Champions League era (i.e. 1992 till date).
Also, players (or teams) who won the Champions League final in their home country were generally considered. Seeing that most stadiums used for the Champions League finals are club-owned.
Rudi Voller - Olympiastadion Berlin
The first player to win the Champions League final in front of his home crowd was German striker Rudi Voller who won the 1992/93 title with Marseille.
The final was held at the Olympiastadion in Berlin with Marseille and AC Milan. Basile Boli scored the only goal of the match as the French side clinched their first European title.
Marseille were the first French side to win the European title and also the last French club to reach the UEFA Champions League final till Paris Saint-Germain in 2020. (AS Monaco is Monaco-based).
Juventus team - Stadio Olimpico
The first of only two teams to have won the UEFA Champions League final in their home country are Italian giants Juventus.
The 1995/96 Champions League final was played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome between Juventus and Ajax. The match ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time and Juventus won the penalty shootout 4-2.
While the final was not played in Juventus' home stadium at the Allianz Arena, they were a 'home' side since they were playing in Italy.
Dortmund Team - Olympiastadion Berlin
For two years in a row, a team from the host country/stadium played in the final of the UEFA Champions League. Borussia Dortmund reached and won the 1996/97 Champions League final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
Defending champions Juventus were Dortmund's adversaries in the final in Berlin and just as the Italian giants did, Dortmund also won the title in front of their home crowd.
Much like Juventus the previous year, the Olympiastadion was not Dortmund's home stadium but playing the final on German soil qualifies them as a 'home team.'
Clarence Seedorf - Amsterdam Stadium
Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf makes it to this list, having won the 1997/98 Champions League crown with Real Madrid at the Amsterdam Stadium.
Predag Mijatovic's goal handed Madrid the title at the expense of Juventus, in what was the Italian club's third consecutive final appearance.
More historic for Seedorf was that the 1998 final was a homecoming for the Dutch international since the Amsterdam Stadium was the home stadium of his former club, Ajax.
Nicolas Anelka - Stade de France
French striker Nicolas Anelka emulated this incredible record by winning the 1999/00 Champions League final with Real Madrid at the Stade de France.
Real Madrid faced off with Valencia in the 2000 final. The first time teams from the same country would compete in the Champions League final. Madrid ran out 3-0 winners.
Anelka started the final in front of the Stade de France crowd but failed to get on the scoresheet as Fernando Morientes, Steve McManaman and Raul scored the goals that handed Madrid their 8th European title.
Ludovic Giuly - Stade de France
After a lengthy hiatus, Ludovic Giuly attained the lofty feat during the 2005/06 season. Again, at the Stade de France but this time under Madrid's eternal rivals, Barcelona.
Giuly started for Barcelona as the Spanish giants saw off Arsenal in the 2006 final courtesy of goals from Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti's winning goal that cancelled out Sol Campbell's equaliser.
In doing so, Giuly denied countrymen Robert Pires, Thierry Henry, Gael Clichy, Mathieu Flamini and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger the same honour.
Fábio Coentrão - Estádio da Luz
Another lengthy hiatus ensued, this time for an 8-year period. Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao would become the fifth player to win the UEFA Champions League trophy in front of his home fans at the Estadio da Luz.
Real Madrid defeated city rivals Atletico Madrid in the final by an impressive 4-1 scoreline. The title was Real Madrid's long-awaited holy grail, the 'La Decima.' The Spanish giants' 10th European title.
As with Seedorf, Coentrao also played in the final in front of his former home fans as the Estadio da Luz is the home stadium of his former club Benfica.
Marc Andre ter Stergen - Olympiastadion Berlin
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stergen won the 2014/15 Champions League final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin to qualify for this list.
The German goal-stopper ensured Alvaro Morata's goal was the only one he conceded as Barcelona defeated Juventus 3-1 to clinch the title.
He is the only goalkeeper to have attained this feat and the third time the Olympiastadion have been the stage for the record, the most of any stadium.
Gareth Bale - Millennium Stadium Cardiff
The last player to attain this feat is Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale who won the 2016/17 final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Real Madrid saw off Juventus in the final by an emphatic 4-1 scoreline with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (×2), Casemiro, and Marco Asensio. Mario Mandzukic scored Juventus' only goal.
Bale was a 77th-minute substitute in the final, becoming the first and only British player so far to attain this feat.
With the 2021/22 Champions League final in view, Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has history on his side to become the 10th player to achieve this feat.
Twice has the feat been achieved at the Stade de France, the venue of the 2021/22 final. Also, Real Madrid hold the record for the most players to have achieved this feat, with four players.