The 10 Players To Have Won The European Cup And World Cup In Same Year

There are 10 players to have achieved the ultimate bit of success with club and country in the same year - and we could well have some more members of the party by the time Sunday rolls around.

Back in 1974, Uli Hoeneß, Gerd Müller, Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner, Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, Sepp Maier and Jupp Kapellmann all won the European Cup with Bayern Munich, beating Atletico Madrid in what was the only European Cup/Champions League final to be replayed.

The first game finished 1-1 after extra time before Bayern ran out comfortable 4-0 winners two days in Brussels. The sensational seven would then go on to play key roles in West Germany's second World Cup win, beating Netherlands on home soil in Munich.

From then on there's only been a further three players to achieve the rare but impressive feat and they were all Real Madrid players at the time.

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Christian Karembeu was a Champions League winner with Los Blancos when they beat Juventus in Amsterdam and the year of 1998 got even better for him when he was part of the fabulous France team that won the World Cup as the host nation.

Roberto Carlos registered the same accomplishment four years later, lifting both coveted trophies around six weeks apart, before Sami Khedira got in on the act with double success in 2014 with Real and Germany.

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And this year, three Real players are capable of joining the esteemed list of winning the richest prizes in club and international football in the same window.

Raphael Varane's France have a very good chance of winning the showpiece 20 years on from their first, while Real could have two World Cup winners from Croatia if Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic's side go all the way after an already incredible to reach this stage.

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It's just a shame none of the aforementioned players will get their hands on the big gold trophy because football's coming home to England...

(h/t MARCA)

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