Manchester City have finally won the Champions League – but they won’t get the honour of wearing the famous trophy on their shirts next season.
City completed the Treble by beating Inter Milan 1-0 in Istanbul on Saturday night. It was a battle in the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, with Rodri’s measured finish proving the difference before Ederson produced some key saves in the closing stages to clinch it.
Pep Guardiola has now completed the task he was brought in for, winning the trophy Sheikh Mansour has craved since he took over the club in 2008. And to do it after winning the Premier League and FA Cup in the same campaign makes it even more special for City supporters.
But despite winning the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history, a badge of the trophy won’t be on the sky blue City shirt next season. That’s because the UEFA Badge of Honour is not handed out just for winning Europe’s top competition once.
It was introduced at the beginning of the 2000/01 season and to don the famous trophy clubs have to win a European title either five times or three times in succession.
That means that the only clubs who can currently wear it are Sevilla – for their ridiculous Europa League speciality – Barcelona, Liverpool, Ajax, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Real Madrid.