Ronaldo, Eto'o, Pique: Who has won the Champions League with multiple clubs?

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The Champions League is now just a few days away from resuming.

While football fans have been treated to the return of European action since early May, it's almost been half a year since the anthem of the continent's premier competition roared from our TV screens.

But fear not because we're about to be treated to a World Cup-style tournament throughout August that will crown the Champions League winners like they've never been crowned before.

Return of the Champions League

Atalanta vs Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid vs RB Leipzig have already been confirmed for the quarter-finals, but there's also six more round of 16 games to play across the continent.

Manchester City vs Real Madrid, Juventus vs Lyon, Barcelona vs Napoli and Bayern Munich vs Chelsea are all bound to captivate viewers as we build up towards the big finale in Lisbon.

Pretty exciting, right? Besides, it's going to be fascinating to see which team can get their hands on 'Big Ears' in the Portuguese capital and it's a feat that always creates history for the winning players.

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Champions League history-makers

That's particularly the case if Cristiano Ronaldo can help inspire Juventus to their first crown since 1996, meaning he would add to the trophies he collected with Real and Manchester United.

It's well known that Clarence Seedorf is the only player to have won the Champions League with three different clubs, but there's an elite group of 19 stars who have achieved it at least two.

So, ahead of the Champions League returning to our screens, we couldn't help looking to see which players make up that historic cohort and rub shoulders with Ronaldo and Seedorf themselves.

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1. Cristiano Ronaldo 

Manchester United: 2007/08

Real Madrid: 2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18

Starting off with the most prolific winner of the bunch with a gargantuan haul of five trophies, we have the man who inspired this list and who'll be hoping to turn things around against Lyon on Friday.

Ronaldo famously scored and missed a penalty during his 2008 victory for United in Moscow, before embarking on a golden streak with Real that saw them win 'Big Ears' four times in just five seasons.

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2. Toni Kroos

Bayern Munich: 2012/13

Real Madrid: 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18

Speaking of that streak... Kroos was on board for Real's threepeat between 2015 and 2018, having already won the trophy with Jupp Heynckes' legendary Bayern team two years previously.

3. Gerard Pique

Manchester United: 2007/08

Barcelona: 2008/09, 2010/11 and 2014/15

Pique could hardly call himself a success at Old Trafford and the Champions League glory of 2008 could actually have been his final game for the club, but the Spaniard wasn't named in the squad.

Nevertheless, he did still make three appearances and scored two goals in Europe that season, before proceeding to win two titles in three years with Barca and both came with final wins over - you guessed it - United.

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4. Clarence Seedorf

Ajax: 1994/95

Real Madrid: 1997/98

AC Milan: 2002/03 and 2006/07

The man, the myth, the legend. It's simply staggering to think that a player could win the Champions League at three different clubs, never mind in the space of less than a decade.

But in fairness to Seedorf, we are talking about one of the greatest midfielders of his generation and the omnipotent Dutchman was an underrated part of Milan's iconic lineup of the mid-2000s.

5. Samuel Eto'o

Barcelona: 2005/06 and 2008/09

Inter Milan: 2009/10

The only player in history to win back-to-back trebles. Eto'o was sure to raise two metaphorical fingers to Pep Guardiola when the then Barca boss sold him after scoring in a Champions League final.

The Cameroonian had been sold to Inter Milan in the summer of 2009, but was once again crowned a European champion by overcoming Barca in the semi-finals and Bayern in the Madrid climax.

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6. Fernando Redondo

Real Madrid: 1997/98 and 1999/00

AC Milan: 2002/03

Perhaps most famous for THAT assist at Old Trafford in this competition, it's easy to forget that Redondo was also part of Milan's European victory at the very same stadium three years later.

7. Xherdan Shaqiri

Bayern Munich: 2012/13

Liverpool: 2018/19

As we slowly enter the players who have 'only' won two Champions League titles, you'll find the names becoming gradually obscurer and we'd be lying if we said Shaqiri contributed much to either of these triumphs.

But then again, we hardly have a Champions League winners' medal, so who are we to judge?

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8. Jose Bosingwa

FC Porto: 2003/04

Chelsea: 2011/12

You could argue that these two triumphs effectively bookend Bosingwa's career with the Porto success coming in his first season at the top level and the Chelsea success coming in his last.

It's easy to forget that Bosingwa started for the Blues on that magical night in Munich which, by way of also featuring Ryan Bertrand and Florent Malouda, must endure as a European miracle.

9. Paulo Ferreira

FC Porto: 2003/04

Chelsea: 2011/12

Same two teams, same two years, same position on the pitch and even the same nationality to boot. Perhaps the only major difference is that Ferreira was nowhere near the Chelsea starting XI by 2012.

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10. Daniel Sturridge

Chelsea: 2011/12

Liverpool: 2018/19

The joint-most-recent addition to the two-time Champions League club is certainly one of the most random with Sturridge never coming off the bench in either of Chelsea or Liverpool's final victories.

11. Deco

FC Porto: 2003/04

Barcelona: 2005/06

Winning the Champions League with multiple clubs and having both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for teammates means that Deco, like Pique, has one of the best resumés in modern football.

Deco helped secure history for Porto by scoring the second goal in their triumph over AS Monaco, before playing 90 minutes for Barca as they came back from 1-0 down against Arsenal.

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12. Thiago Motta

Barcelona: 2005/06

Inter Milan: 2009/10

Motta was merely an observer from the bench during Barca's triumph in Paris, but the Brazilian played a much larger role - complete with Camp Nou peekaboo - for Inter four years later.

13. Xabi Alonso

Liverpool: 2004/05

Real Madrid: 2013/14

Liverpool fans will never forget the moment that Alonso completed the Istanbul comeback by smashing home the rebound from his own missed penalty - and that was just part one for the Spaniard.

Sadly for the World Cup winner, suspension meant that he couldn't take to the pitch for 'La Decima', but parading around the Champions League title was still a perfect note on which to leave Real.

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14. Owen Hargreaves

Bayern Munich: 2000/01

Manchester United: 2007/08

Hargreaves will forever go down as one of the most disappointing signings in United history, so there's no denying that his achievement with Bayern tasted sweeter.

But lest we forget that the England international still played the full 90 minutes in Moscow and although he hardly set the world alight, he held his nerve to score in the penalty shootout.

15. Paulo Sousa

Juventus: 1995/96

Borussia Dortmund: 1996/97

It's one thing to win the Champions League with multiple clubs, but it's another thing to achieve it in back-to-back seasons, so clearly Sousa had a crystal ball when he moved to Dortmund in 1996.

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16. Didier Deschamps

Marseille: 1992/93

Juventus: 1995/96

When we say Deschamps has one of the most decorated careers in modern era, we really mean it, because winning the Champions League with two different clubs is just the tip of the iceberg.

In the four years after rounding off the feat with Juventus, Deschamps would go on to captain France to World Cup and European Championship glory.

17. Edwin van der Sar

Ajax: 1994/95

Manchester United: 2007/08

No player has a larger gap between their cross-club Champions League triumphs and it's approaching 30 years since Van der Sar stood between the sticks for that legendary, young Ajax side.

But it feels like yesterday when the Dutchman plunged to his right-hand side to save Nicolas Anelka's penalty in the rain of Moscow to hand United their third European Cup.

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18. Christian Panucci

AC Milan: 1993/94

Real Madrid: 1997/98

Panucci is living proof that if you play for a team with seven Champions League trophies and then move to a team with 13 titles, then you have a pretty good chance of winning with both. 

19. Marcel Desailly

Marseille: 1992/93

AC Milan: 1993/94

The first two Champions League trophies available to win and Desailly bagged them both, even if the former came just weeks after one of the biggest bribery scandals in football history.

But let's focus on the positives here with Desailly writing his name on the scoresheet in the latter, bizarrely roaming forward to score a fine goal that put Milan 4-0 up over Barcelona's 'Dream Team'.

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Can Ronaldo make it three clubs?

Considering the Champions League has been running under its current title since 1992 and literally hundreds of players have won its trophy, these 19 stars are in an exclusive club to say the very least.

Sure, you can ride the wave of a club's golden era to a streak of trophies like Real enjoyed recently, but it's another thing entirely to replicate that in different countries or club environments.

Only time will tell whether Ronaldo joins Seedorf in the exclusive club within the exclusive club, though you wouldn't put it past the player who has made European football his playground.

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