Pulse Sports takes a look at a list of Ghanaian players who lost a Champions League final.
Kwadwo Asamoah is one of the seven Ghanaian players to play in the final of the UEFA Champions League- Abedi Pele, Ibrahim Tanko, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari and Thomas Partey complete the list.
Following Juventus' 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday night in Cardiff, Asamoah has become the first Ghanaian to lose two UEFA Champions League final.
Abedi Pele, Osei Kuffour and Michael Essien all won the UEFA Champions League on second attempt in the final.
Here, we look at a list of Ghanaian players who lost a Champions League final.
Abedi Pele (Marseille 1990/91)
The ‘Maestro’ won the man of the match accolade when his Marseille side humbled A.C Milan in the Champions League final in 1993. The three time African Footballer of the year was instrumental in their campaign en route to their Champions league triumph at the Olympiastadion in Munich, Germany.
But the Ghanaian football legend lost his first attempt to win the Champions League in Bari, Italy, in Bari, Italy, on 29 May 1991, that saw Red Star Belgrade of Yugoslavia defeat Marseille of France in a penalty shoot-out.
After normal time and extra time could not separate the two sides, the match was to be decided on penalty kicks. Manuel Amoros's miss for the French side proved crucial, as Red Star held their nerve to win their first European Cup.
Abedi Pele played the entire duration of the game.
Samuel Osei Kuffour (Bayern Munich, 1998/99)
The current Supersports football Pundit reached two Champions league finals with Bayern Munich in 1999 and 2001 – and winning the latter. He played the entire duration of both finals and was caught on camera unable to control his emotions after his side’s late demise against Manchester United at the Nou Camp in 1999.
The 1999 final is remembered for injury time goals from Manchester United's Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær, which cancelled out Mario Basler's early goal to give Manchester United a 2–1 win
Michael Essien (Chelsea, 2007/08)
Essien was an important component of the Chelsea side that lost on penalties in the Champions league final against Manchester United in 2008 – and starting at right back.
Manchester United won the match 6–5 on penalties, after a 1–1 draw following extra time. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Manchester United in the 26th minute with a header from a cross by Wes Brown, but Frank Lampard equalised shortly before half-time.
The game traveled to penalty shootouts and Edwin van der Sar then saved Nicolas Anelka's effort from Chelsea's seventh kick to give Manchester United their third European Cup title.
Four years later, Essien was also in the Chelsea contingent that won the 2012 competition – albeit been lull for a major part of Chelsea’s Champions League winning season.
Thomas Teye Partey