Chelsea and Manchester United unsurprisingly lead the way with players who have won the Champions League – but Stoke have more medals in their squad than Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City combined.
The Potters, who have sought about a change of style under Mark Hughes’ management since his appointment at the Britannia, claim five winners of Europe’s elite competition in their ranks – the same as United and Chelsea – with Ibrahim Afellay, Marko Arnautovic, Bojan Krkic, Marc Muniesa and Xherdan Shaqiri all holding winners’ medals in their collection.
It’s no surprise to see 2012 winners Chelsea and 2008 victors Manchester United also claim five winners still in their playing squads.
Here, TEAMtalk lists all the Champions League winners in the Premier League by squad.
1) Chelsea – five players
Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, John Obi Mikel, Ramires, John Terry
= Manchester United – five players
Michael Carrick, Juan Mata (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney, Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Victor Valdes (Barcelona)
= Stoke – five players
Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona), Marko Arnautovic (Inter), Bojan Krkic (Barcelona), Marc Muniesa (Barcelona), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich)
4) Liverpool – three players
Mario Balotelli (Inter Milan), Emre Can (Bayern Munich), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)
5) Sunderland – two players
Wes Brown (Man Utd), John O’Shea (Man Utd)
= West Brom – two players
Darren Fletcher (Man Utd), Jonny Evans (Man Utd)
= Southampton – two players
Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Oriol Romeu (Chelsea)
8) Man City – one player
Yaya Toure (Barcelona)
= Everton – one player
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
= Arsenal – one player
Petr Cech (Chelsea)
Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Newcastle, Norwich, Swansea, Tottenham, Watford and West Ham all have no Champions League winners in their playing squads.