Italian football manager Carlo Ancelotti recently created a record in European football as he became the first manager to win all the top five European leagues. Last Saturday (30th April), his present club Real Madrid secured the Spanish La Liga trophy in the ongoing 2021/22 season as it was Ancelotti’s first Spanish first division trophy.
The 62-year-old Carlo Ancelotti is one of the most successful managers in European football. The three-time UEFA Champions League winning manager has always brought powerful records for his clubs.
Now, Ancelotti added another trophy to his cabinet as he guided Real Madrid to win their record 35th La Liga title. Last Saturday, the hosts Los Blancos thrashed Espanyol by 4-0, thanks to the double goals from Rodrygo and single-goal from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema. With that victory, Real Madrid secured the La Liga 2021/22 title with four matches yet to be played. The Whites have already secured 81 points in this Spanish first division season after playing 34 games.
It was Ancelotti’s first Spanish La Liga trophy. Earlier, he won one first division league each in Italy, England, France and Germany. As a manager, Ancelotti previously won Italian Serie A 2003/04 for AC Milan, English Premier League 2009/10 for Chelsea, French Ligue 1 2012/13 for Paris Saint-Germain and Germany Bundesliga 2016/17 for Bayern Munich.
So, the Italian now became the first manager to win all the top five European leagues.
Carlo Ancelotti’s European first division league trophies
|Country||First Division League||Club(s)||Number of title(s)||Title winning season(s)|
|Italy||Serie A||AC Milan||1||2003/04|
|France||Ligue 1||Paris Saint-Germain||1||2012/13|
|Spain||La Liga||Real Madrid||1||2021/22|
Incredible Carlo Ancelotti
In the meantime, Carlo Ancelotti is jointly holding the record of winning most UEFA Champions League trophies as a manager. After former English manager Bob Paisley, Ancelotti became the second to win three UCL trophies. Later, French manager Zinedine Zidane joined this list. However, unlike former Liverpool manager Paisley and former Real Madrid manager Zidane, Ancelotti won his three UCL trophies as a manager of two different teams.
Ancelotti won his first UCL trophy as a manager when he guided the Italian club AC Milan in the 2002/03 season to record their sixth Continental cup title. Later, in 2006/07, AC Milan won their seventh European Cup title under the same manager. Spanish club Real Madrid recorded their historic La Decima under the same manager in the 2013/14 season.
Moreover, Ancelotti has a total of seven European titles as a club manager, which is also a joint record for winning most European club titles as a manager. Former Italian manager Giovanni Trapattoni and former Scottish manager Sir Alex Ferguson were the other two to win a total of seven European titles as the club managers.
Apart from three UCL trophies, manager Ancelotti has also celebrated three UEFA Super Cup titles and one now-defunct UEFA Intertoto Cup trophy.
In his 27-year-long managerial career, Ancelotti has achieved a total of 22 titles for six different clubs. Before the beginning of his managerial career, he was also an assistant manager for Italy national football team, which finished as the runners-up in the FIFA World Cup 1994 after losing the final against Brazil in the penalty shoot-out.
Carlo Ancelotti’s trophy cabinet as club manager
|Trophy||Total number of winning title(s)||Winning club(s) (Season(s)/Year)|
|UEFA Champions League||3||AC Milan (2002/03 & 2006/07) Real Madrid (2013/14)|
|UEFA Supercup winner||3||AC Milan (2003/04 & 2007/08) Real Madrid (2014/15)|
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||1||Juventus (1999)|
|FIFA Club World Cup||2||AC Milan (2007/08) Real Madrid (2014/15)|
|Italian Serie A||1||AC Milan (2003/04)|
|Italian Cup||1||AC Milan (2002/03)|
|Italian Super Cup||1||AC Milan (2004)|
|English Premier League||1||Chelsea (2009/10)|
|English FA Cup||1||Chelsea (2009/10)|
|English Super Cup||1||Chelsea (2009)|
|French Ligue 1||1||Paris Saint-Germain (2012/13)|
|Spanish Cup||1||Real Madrid (2013/14)|
|German Bundesliga||1||Bayern Munich (2016/17)|
|German Super Cup||2||Bayern Munich (2016 & 2017)|
|Spanish Super Cup||1||Real Madrid (2022)|
|Spanish La Liga||1||Real Madrid (2021/22)|
Stats via Transfermarkt