Italy’s victorious Euro 2020 campaign has limited a star season for midfielder Jorginho, with the Chelsea star completing a rare European double for club and country.
Jorginho followed the Champions League success at club level by winning the European Championship with the Azzurri this summer and became just the tenth player to win both competitions the same year.
After the 29-year-old’s incredible performance in 2021, we look at the ten players who have secured a rare European double.
1964: Luis Suárez (Inter Milan and Spain)
Luis Suarez was considered one of the greatest Spanish footballers ever and was part of history-making teams in the mid-sixties for both club and country.
After winning two league titles and the Ballon d’Or during a spell with Barcelona, Suarez signed for Inter Milan in 1961, helping the Nerazzurri to a host of success over the next decade.
The midfielder won three league titles and back-to-back European Cups, the first of which was followed by a virgin European triumph for Spain, who were crowned winners of the European Championships in 1964.
Spain hosted the four-team tournament, beating the Soviet Union 2-1 in the Madrid final, where Suarez was later named the tournament team before finishing second to Manchester United’s Denis Law in the Ballon d’Or poll.
1988: Hans van Breukelen, Ronald Koeman, Berry van Aerle, Gerald Vanenburg (PSV Eindhoven & Holland)
The Netherlands secured their first major tournament success when a talented side won Euro ’88, Marco van Basten’s sensational volley against the Soviet Union as the defining image of the tournament.
Van Basten finished as the tournament’s leading goal scorer and scored a hat-trick against England in the group stage, although the AC Milan striker was skillfully backed by a quartet of players who had helped PSV to great success the previous season.
Hans van Breukelen, Ronald Koeman, Berry van Aerle, Gerald Vanenburg were all part of PSV’s side, which secured a historic treble-winning season in 1987/88 and won the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup before to beat Benfica 6-5 on penalties after a goalless draw in the European Cup final.
2012: Fernando Torres, Juan Mata (Chelsea & Spain)
Jorginho became the third Chelsea player to achieve this rare European double, with Fernando Torres and Juan Mata also securing the feat nine years ago.
Torres and Mata were part of the Chelsea team that won the Champions League for the first time in 2012 and defeated Bayern Munich on penalties after Didier Drogba’s late equalizer had secured a 1-1 draw.
The Spanish duo also formed part of a La Roja side that created an unprecedented international history and won Euro 2012 impressively to win a third major tournament in a row after successes at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.
Torres and Mata both scored in the 4-0 last thrashing of Italy after coming off the bench.
2016: Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe (Real Madrid & Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe became the eighth and ninth players to win the Champions League and European Championship in the same season and achieve the achievement in 2016.
Real Madrid were crowned European champions after beating city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final, Ronaldo scoring the decisive kick from the penalty spot after a shoot-out success at Milan’s San Siro Stadium.
The duo then became part of the Portuguese side, winning the country’s first ever major tournament and overcoming a slow start to the final in France to win the victory.
Pepe produced a magnificent defensive display as the Portuguese disrupted the host nation in the final, with Ronaldo nauseously watching from the sidelines after being substituted in the first half due to injury.
Your goal in extra time ensured a historic victory for Fernando Santos’ side, Ronaldo later claimed a fourth Ballon d’Or after his performances for club and country.
2020: Jorginho (Chelsea and Italy)
Jorginho’s success this summer made the midfielder the tenth player to make the list, following Chelsea’s Champions League success with Euro 2020 victory over Italy.
The 29-year-old proved to be a crucial figure for both sides in their pursuit of big trophies, sitting as the deep-seated creative focal point and defending the backline in fine fashion, making more tackles and interceptions combined than any other player in both competitions. .
Jorginho set a new record for most wiretaps made in a single euro since 1980.
What a season he has had 👏 pic.twitter.com/fOTUdA3n0L
– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 12, 2021
At Euro 2020, he was an irreplaceable figure at the heart of an impressive Italian side that covered more distance than any other player and set a new European Championship record of 25 interceptions.
Club teammate Emerson Palmieri was also part of both trophy-winning squads but is not included after not being included in Chelsea’s Champions League final victory over Manchester City.