Cardiff-born Gareth Bale could join a very exclusive club of home-town winners if he lifts the UEFA Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in the Welsh capital.
UEFA.com has trawled the archives in an attempt to discover who has previously achieved the feat of winning Europe’s premier club competition in the city of their birth. The geographical boundaries are blurred at times, but we think we have come up with a list of five. Have we missed anyone? Let us know @ChampionsLeague using #UCL.
1999/2000: Nicolas Anelka (Paris)
Anelka, born in Le Chesnay in the western suburbs of Paris, helps Real Madrid to a 3-0 defeat of Liga rivals Valencia at Stade de France.
1995/96: Angelo Di Livio (Rome)
Di Livio comes off the bench just before the hour in the Italian capital as Juventus beat Ajax 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico.
1967/68: Alex Stepney (London)
From Mitcham, located on the south-west border of inner and outer London, Stepney keeps goal as Manchester United overcome Benfica 4-1 after extra time at Wembley.
1956/57: Miguel Muñoz, Enrique Mateos (Madrid)
Playing at their home ground, the Santiago Bernabéu, Muñoz and Mateos aid Madrid to the second of five straight European Cups, with Fiorentina dispatched 2-0.
All this means that Bale could become the first player in the history of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup to claim the trophy in his home city while playing for a foreign club.