You can build a convincing argument that Real Madrid is the best club side in the world, having won the European Cup and Champions League a record 13 times; six times more than the next most successful club, Milan.
Their achievements in 2002 (the side would go on to win La Liga in the 2002-2003 season), however, hold a special place in the hearts of their fans. Champions League winners under managerial genius Vicente del Bosque, who would later take Spain to World and European Championship glory, this team was still packed with home-grown players – six of the team that started the UCL final against Bayer Leverkusen were of Spanish nationality.
It was just before what was to become known as Real’s “galactico” era. Instead of simply going out and buying the most high-profile player for practically every position, in 2002 the team included a few choice foreign superstars, notably French midfield maestro Zinedine Zidane, Brazilian left-back Roberto Carlos and a certain Portuguese wing wizard. One of the key players in the side was the legend, Luís Figo.
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