Mateo Kovacic Celebrates 4 UCL Tittles behinds Leonel Messi

Mateo Kovacic – a second-half substitute for Mason Mount – set a remarkable record by claiming a fourth Champions League winners’ medal in Porto.

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It’s the Croatian’s first with Chelsea as the other three were won with former club Real Madrid.

However, the 17-minute cameo was actually the first time he has actually featured in a Champions League final after not playing a single minute of Los Blancos’ wins between 2015 and 2018.

As a result, at the age of 27, Kovavic has a medal collection that is the envy of a lot of players across Europe.

Kovacic still needs another to match Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of five, but he has the same number of Champions League winners’ medals as Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

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So effectively, Thomas Tuchel has discovered Chelsea’s own Messi after the Champions League final win.

Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Clarence Seedorf are just a handful of players to have also won the trophy four times which means Kovacic is in good company.