Sami Khedira or Angel Di Maria will join an elite group of history makers on Sunday evening as players to have won both the UEFA Champions League and the World Cup in the same year, as pointed out by the Marca.
The Real Madrid pair were both part of Los Blancos successful Champions League campaign and are now set to add the highest accolade in football to their personal achievements when they do battle in the World Cup final at the Macarana in Rio de Janiero.
Real Madrid exits
Both players have been instrumental for their respective nations in Brazil, and oddly enough, both players look set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu for a new challenge in the Premier League, following the conclusion of the tournament.
With the imminent arrival of Khedira's brilliant international midfield partner from Bayern Munich, Toni Kroos, and comments made a few weeks back by manager Carlo Ancelotti stating that he would listen to offers for Khedira and Di Maria, it appears both players are set to leave the Spanish Capital.
Khedira only has one year left on his contract at the Bernabeu and has reportedly declined a new deal offered by the club, alerting both Chelsea and Arsenal to the availability of the 27-year old German.
Arsenal appear to be clear favourites to land the midfielder, and are reportedly already in negotiations with the Spanish giants for a fee of around £28 million.
Di Maria could very well be confirmed as Manchester United's marquee summer signing before the final begins, after reports coming out of Manchester suggest the brilliant winger has agreed personal terms of £150k-a-week, and the club is happy to meet the £40 million Real Madrid are holding out for.
For now, all that matters for either player is the World Cup final, and whoever ends up on the victorious side, will join an elite list of nine history makers to have triumphed in Europe, and at the World Cup in the same year.
The Bayern Munich side from 1974 that triumphed over Atletico Madrid in Europe, contained seven players that went on to defeat the Netherlands 2-1 in Munich final. Schwarzenbeck, Kapellman, Maier, Muller, Beckenbauer, Breitner and Hoeness the names that Khedira and Di Maria can join.
Roberto Carlos top goals
Christian Karembeu joined the list in 1998 when he lifted the Champions League with Real Madrid following a 1-0 win over Juventus, and was also part of the victorious French team that was crowned World champions with a 3-0 thrashing of Brazil at the Stade de France.
And finally, four years later, Brazilian left-back Roberto Carlos made it a golden year as one of the Real Madrid: "Galacticos," that defeated Bayer Laverkusen 2-1 in the Champions League final held in Glasgow, and followed that up with a World Cup win over Germany in Japan and Korea by the same scoreline.
Come what may, when the final whistle blows on Sunday night, Di Maria or Khedira will be guaranteed to join this history making list, however both players look set for Premier League football next season.
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