Uruguay has stood out with several figures in European football, but only a privileged few know what it is like to lift the Champions League trophy. Know who they were.
The uruguayan soccer has been prominent in Europeespecially in recent times, where it has been definitively consecrated with high caliber figures who shine in the most important clubs. However, when it comes to titles, the Champions League it is an outstanding debt for the player charrúa.
Until now, only four Uruguayan players could win the Champions League. Two of them did current formatwhile the other two achieved it under the previous one, that is, the one with the european cup in its beginnings. The data draws attention, since there are dozens of footballers from that country who have triumphed in the ‘Old Continent’.
Who are the four Uruguayan players who won the Champions League?
The four Uruguayan champions of the Champions League are Jose Emilio Santamaria, Hector Omar Ramos, Martin Caceres and Luis Suarez. The first two achieved it with the shirt of the Real Madrid during the ’50s and ’60s, while, while the other two, more in the present and with the current format, they did so wearing the shirt of the classic rival, Barcelona.
José Emilio Santamaría stands out for being the Uruguayan who won the Champions League the most times, as he lifted the trophy four times: 1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60 and 1965-66. In those years, at Real Madrid, he came to share a squad with idols of the caliber of Alfredo DiStefano, Paco Gento And till Ferenc Puskasamong others. While, Héctor Omar Ramos, was only champion in the 1958-59 seasonalthough his participation in the matches was minimal.
The third Uruguayan to win the Champions League was Martín Cáceres, who was part of the Barcelona squad that won the triplet (League, Copa del Rey and Champions) in the 2008-09 season with Pep Guardiola as coach. The defender played three games in the European competition, although he was not in the final that beat Manchester United in Rome.
The last Uruguayan champion is Luis Suárez, who conquered Barcelona’s other treble in the 2014-15 season under the guidance of Luis Enrique in the technical direction. In the definition of the Champions League, the attacker started in the 3-1 victory against Juventus where he scored the 2-1 in the 68th minute of the game.