Gareth Bale aiming to become sixth player to win Champions League or European Cup in hometown
By Adam Smith and Peter Smith
Last Updated: 25/08/16 6:22am
Gareth Bale could become just the sixth player in history to lift the Champions League or European Cup in their hometown, should Real Madrid go all the way in this season's competition.
The holders go into the 2016/17 Champions League aiming to extend their dominance in the tournament to 12 titles. But for Cardiff-born Bale, winning the 2017 final at the Millennium Stadium on June 3 would have special significance.
Interestingly, Nicolas Anelka was the last player to achieve the feat - doing so while he was at Real Madrid, too. The Frenchman from Versailles helped Los Blancos to the crown in 2000, in a 3-0 win over Valencia in Paris' Stade de France.
Here's the list of players to have won Europe's elite club competition in familiar surroundings:
Hometown winners of the European Cup/Champions League
|Player||Place of birth||Venue||Year of final||Team||Opponent||Score|
|Enrique Mateos||Madrid||Santiago Bernabeu||1957||Real Madrid||Fiorentina||2-0|
|Miguel Munoz||Madrid||Santiago Bernabeu||1957||Real Madrid||Fiorentina||2-0|
|Alex Stepney||Mitcham||Wembley||1968||Man Utd||Benfica||4-1|
|Angelo di Livio||Rome||Stadio Olimpico||1996||Juventus||Ajax||1-1 (pens)|
|Nicolas Anelka||Versailles||Stade de France||2000||Real Madrid||Valencia||3-0|
Conversely, there are 10 players to have suffered final heartbreak in their hometown - including Londoners Rio Ferdinand and Chris Smalling, Munich-born Philipp Lahm and Sky Sports' Thierry Henry, who comes from Les Ulis, a suburb of Paris.
Thomas Muller, born in Weilheim, and Bastian Schweinsteiger, born in Kolbermoor, are from just outside of Munich - the scene of their 2012 penalty shoot-out final defeat to Chelsea.
Here's the list of players who lost Champions League finals in their hometown:
Players who have lost a hometown Champions League/European Cup final
|Player||Place of birth||Venue||Year||Team||Opponent||Score|
|Robert Jonquet||Paris||Parc des Princes||1956||Stade Reims||Real Madrid||4-3|
|Odoacre Chierico||Rome||Stadio Olimpico||1984||Roma||Liverpool||1-1 (pens)|
|Bruno Conti||Rome||Stadio Olimpico||1984||Roma||Liverpool||1-1 (pens)|
|Francesco Graziani||Rome||Stadio Olimpico||1984||Roma||Liverpool||1-1 (pens)|
|Angel Pedraza||La Rinconada||Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium (Sevilla)||1986||Barcelona||Steaua Bucharest||0-0 (pens)|
|Thierry Henry||Les Ulis||Stade de France||2006||Arsenal||Barcelona||2-1|
|Rio Ferdinand||Peckham||Wembley||2011||Man Utd||Barcelona||3-1|
|Chris Smalling||Greenwich||Wembley||2011||Man Utd||Barcelona||3-1|
|Philipp Lahm||Munich||Allianz Arena||2012||Bayern Munich||Chelsea||1-1 (pens)|
|Diego Contento||Munich||Allianz Arena||2012||Bayern Munich||Chelsea||1-1 (pens|