Toni Kroos has reached a CL final for the sixth time in his career. Only two other legends have achieved this before him.
On the pitch, Toni Kroos was not able to set the decisive accents on this evening.
Nevertheless, his role in Real Madrid’s furious comeback against Manchester City was not unimportant: After just over an hour, the 32-year-old was replaced by Rodrygo. A brilliant move, as it later turned out.
The Brazilian scored two very late goals to make it 2-1 and the resulting extra time, which Karim Benzema decided in favour of the Royals with his penalty goal.
Kroos helps Real to victory as assistant coach
Kroos also played his part: the midfield strategist – together with other substituted veterans such as Luka Modric – acted as a kind of co-trainer and supported Real coach Carlo Ancelotti with his experience.
For the Italian coach, the final was a new record: Ancelotti was the first coach ever to reach a CL final for the fifth time. But Kroos himself also set a record in terms of final appearances.
With the victory over City, the 2014 World Cup winner reached a final in the top flight for the sixth time in his career. Only two legends have achieved this before him: Cristiano Ronaldo and Paolo Maldini.
Kroos is also ahead of his Real colleagues Karim Benzema and Modric in terms of CL finals appearances. In addition to four finals with Madrid, he has also reached the final twice with FC Bayern – in 2012 and 2013 – losing only one so far.