Do you know who the most celebrated captains in the UEFA champions league are?
Every team needs a leader they can rely on at the most crucial time. The captain or most often referred to as the skipper is the most important person on the field when it comes to football.
Here is a list of the most celebrated captains in the UEFA champions’ league:
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Club: Bayern Munich
Manuel Neur also called Manu in close circles is one of the most popular goal keepers around the world. He is the best Goal Keeper that Germany has produced in recent times after the great Oliver Kahn. He started in the ranks in schlake 04 before moving in 2011 to Bayern Munichfor 22 million Euros, making him the second most expensive keeper at that time second to Buffon. He has won many laurels both for club and country. Some of the laurels are the World cup in 2014, UEFA champions league, DFP Pokal, Bayern Bundesliga title amongst others. He is married to Nina Weis, an Austrian and worth approximately 40 million US dollars.
Jordan Brian Henderson
Jordan is a professional football player who plies his trade with Liverpool football club in England. He became a pivotal member of the Liverpool team after the exit of their great legend Steven Gerard. He is known for his long pass and terrific shot. His debut goal for Liverpool came in 20111 against Boltonwanderers. He has over 185 appearances for Liverpool scoring 20 goals. His best finish for his team was when he guided his team to the runners up position in last year champions league finals where they lost to Real Madrid, one goal to three. He is married to Rebecca Burnet and the have two daughters Elexa Henderson and Alba Henderson. He is on a weekly wage of 100,000 pounds weekly and is estimated to worth 8m dollars in total asset.
Club: FC Barcelona
Messi, as he is popularly called, was born to Jorge Messi and Celia Cuccittini in Rosario, Argentina. He is often regarded as the greatest player of all time (GOAT) by his fans. He is often compared to the football legend, Diego Armando Maradona, because of their similar playing styles and magical feet. Messi, as a child, was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, however respite came to him when Carles Rexach, the sporting director of FC Barcelona came to his age and from then we can say all his history.This talented player has won all there is to win in the football world save the world cup. Hehas been a symbol of humbleness and loyalty having never played for any other club except Barcelona throughout his life despite the numerous mouthwatering offers he receives yearly from clubs around the world. He got married to his girlfriend, Antonella Roccuzzo in June20 2017. Messi is worth 180m dollars.
Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany
Club: Manchester City
Vincent is a center back who captains the Belgium national team and the Manchester city. Kompany started his playing career with Anderlecht before getting transferred to Hamburg after a short stint.Manchester city scouts spotted him in 2006 and at the young age of 22, he came over to Manchester city. In 2011-2012 seasons, he became the first captain of the club to lead them to their first premier league title in 44 years. He is married to Carla Higgs since 2011 and they are blessed with wonderful kids. He is the chairman of a Belgian club Belgium D3B Division club BX Brussels. In recent times he has been having setbacks with injuries, however he has managed to work his way around it. He is worth around 4m dollars.
Not many people know that Giorgio was born a twin in Pisa, Italy in1984.His twin brother name is Claudio. At age six, he started playing football with the under 9 team in Livorno and at age 13 he moved up the ranks and was promoted to their under 15 youth team, where he started playing as first ,a left midfielder and later to left back.. He had brief stints with Juventus FC, then moved to Florentina, before finally going back to Juventus permanently. It was in Juventus he sealed the center back position. He got married to Carolina Bonistalli in 2014 and they have a daughter named Nina. Chellini has a degree in economics and commerce form the University of Turin in the year 2010. He has won major trophies with the Italian giants which include the SeriaTitle, and the Coppa Italia. He is estimated to worth 15 million US Dollars.
Thiago Emiliano da Silva
Club: Paris Saint Germain (PSG)
Thiago started his football career with Fluminense , before having stints with Barcelona, RS Futebol, Juventude, Porto andDynamo Moscow.In 2009 ,he signed for AC Milan for a fee of 10 million dollars.For AC Milan Thiago scored five goals and played over 95 games with them scoring five goals. In July 2014.Thiago signed for French team PSG for a huge fee of 42 million euros becoming the second most expensive defender after Manchester United Rio Ferdinand. Thiago Silva has won about four Coupes de la Ligue, three Coupe de France, and four Ligue one title. Thiago Silva is married to Isabelle da Silva and they have two sons, Isago da Silva and Iago da Silva. He is worth around 12 million dollars.
Antonio Valencia Mosquera
Club: Manchester United
Valencia started his professional soccer career in 2003, playing for an Ecuadorian professional club, El Nacional. In 2005, he moved to Spanish club Villarreal after some scintillating performances at EL National.However he didn’t see much game time at his new club just playing three times in over three years. He was sent on loan to Recreativo and Wigan respectively. He was signed on a four year deal by Manchester United on June 2009 on a four year deal, a deal which changed his life. He got married to Zoila Valencia in 2014 and they have a daughter DomenicaValencia. He receives an annual salary of about 6 million dollars and worth approximately 12 million dollars.
Club: Atletico Madrid
He was born to the family of Mr.Julio Godin and Mrs. Iris Lial. He is a central defender who is known for his tenacity and strengths and he is all strikers nightmare. He has been with Atleticofor over eight years and a very reliable servant. He is not married though but he has a girlfriend Sofia. He was part of the team that famously disposed the two top dogs in Spanish league to win the league in 2012. Last year, his team was pulled out of the champion’s league but they won the Europa league with Diego lifting the trophy. He is worth around 5 million dollars.
Danielle De Rossi
He became the captain of the team last year following the retirement of club legend FracescoTotti. He is best known by the nickname; “Captain Futuro”(future captain). He has proven to be a faithful servant of the team since he was signed in 2001-2002 season. He is a tough tackling midfielder no-nonsense tackler who has one of the best tackles in Europe.In the year 2012 he was sought after by top European team amongst which are Chelsea,Manchester city and Barcelona. However he remains committed to Roma. He is married to Tamara Pisnoli on May 2006 and they have a daughter together named, Gaia. He and Tamara got divorced and he married his partner and friend, Sarah Felberbaum in 2015.They have a daughter Olivia Rose.
Club: Real Madrid
Ramos was born in Born and raised in Andalusia, Spain, he started his football career for his local club, ‘Sevilla FC’ as a defender at the young age of 14.His brilliant performances in Sevilla caught the ye of real Madrid who signed him in 2005.Segio Ramos has grown through the ranks and become pivotal to the defense and team .He is noted to score very important goals against opposition teams notable the ones against Bayern Munich in the semi-final of the champions league in the 2015 season and also the goal against Atletico Madrid that got his team to win the champions league final two years ago. He has won the champions league with Real Madrid for the past three seasons with him carrying the trophy on the three occasions. In 2012 he got married to famous model and presenter, Pilar Rubio. They are blessed with two adorable sons, Sergio and Marco. Ramos is worth around 16m dollars.
There you have it. A list of the top celebrated skippers in the history of UEFA championship game. Who is your favorite and why?