Picture : the 3 players of the Soviet Union National Team : Yashin, Ivanov and Ponedelnik.
Players with most finals: 22 men
Three players of the Soviet Union national team - Valentin Ivanov, Lev Yashin and Viktor Ponedelnik - took part in the final games of the first two European Cup editions (1960 and 1964).
They still hold the record for the number of final participations, but over the years as many as 19 more players joined them: 10 from Germany, 8 from Spain and 1 from Portugal.
So, the list of record holders is now exorbitantly inflated. But in the upcoming tournament, there is a good chance that the old record will finally advance.
Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo, two from this long list, will surely take part in the tournament. If Spain or Portugal (or both teams) make it to the final, we will celebrate the first three-time European Championships finalist(s).
Each of the 22 record co-holders has won at least one of their finals (winning years are taken in bold in the table below), and 8 Spaniards have done both theirs.
All recordsmen but Cristiano Ronaldo participated in the finals in two consecutive tournaments. The Portuguese achieved this with a spread of 12 years (2004 and 2016).
|PLAYERS WITH MOST||FINALS|
|Valentin Ivanov||Soviet Union||2||1960, 1964|
|Lev Yaschin||Soviet Union||2||1960, 1964|
|Viktor Ponedelnik||Soviet Union||2||1960, 1964|
|Franz Beckenbauer||Germany||2||1972, 1976|
|Uli Hoeneß||Germany||2||1972, 1976|
|Sepp Maier||Germany||2||1972, 1976|
|Georg Schwarzenbeck||Germany||2||1972, 1976|
|Herbert Wimmer||Germany||2||1972, 1976|
|Bernhard Dietz||Germany||2||1976, 1980|
|Thomas Häßler||Germany||2||1992, 1996|
|Thomas Helmer||Germany||2||1992, 1996|
|Jürgen Klinsmann||Germany||2||1992, 1996|
|Matthias Sammer||Germany||2||1992, 1996|
|Xabi Alonso||Spain||2||2008, 2012|
|Iker Casillas||Spain||2||2008, 2012|
|Cesc Fabregas||Spain||2||2008, 2012|
|Andres Iniesta||Spain||2||2008, 2012|
|Sergio Ramos||Spain||2||2008, 2012|
|David Silva||Spain||2||2008, 2012|
|Fernando Torres||Spain||2||2008, 2012|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||2||2004, 2016|