Milton Keynes-born full-back Ben Chilwell has won the Champions League after Chelsea defeated Manchester City in Saturday’s (29/05) final.
Chilwell played the full 90 minutes of the big game at Porto’s Estadio Dragao in Portugal. The defender contributed as Chelsea kept a clean sheet against the team that won this season’s Premier League, earning praise from several pundits and fans for his performance.
The player, who is also in England’s provisional squad for the upcoming European Championships, spoke of his delight afterwards. He tweeted “Best day of my life!!!” along with a photo of him with his medal, while in a post-game interview with BT Sport, he said, “We just pictured this moment and this feeling. It’s amazing. This is what I came to Chelsea for. It’s a dream come true.”
The result sees Chelsea end the season with their second Champions League title, and first since 2012. It also ensures the Blues end the 2020-21 season with silverware, having lost to Chilwell’s former club Leicester City in the FA Cup final a few weeks ago.
It also sees a happier return to the Champions League final for Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, who was Paris Saint-Germain manager when the French outfit lost to Bayern Munich in last season’s final.
The 24-year-old is the second player born in Milton Keynes to make it into European club football’s big game in 3 years. MK-born midfielder Dele Alli had previously featured in the Champions League final, starting for Spurs as they lost to fellow Premier League side Liverpool in the 2019 final in Madrid.
Chilwell played for the Woburn Lions junior team as a child, before joining first Rushden & Diamonds and later Leicester at academy level. He made a first team debut for Leicester City in the 2015-16 season, and moved from Leicester to Chelsea in 2020 for an undisclosed fee.
On the way to the Champions League final, he scored for Chelsea in a victory over Porto – one of the player’s four goals in the season. He has so far won 14 caps for the Three Lions.