Timo Werner get a medal if RB Leipzig win the 2019-20 Champions League?
So could Werner still be named a Champions League winner with Leipzig?
Will Timo Werner get a medal if RB Leipzig win the Champions League?
Werner could receive a winners’ medal should RB Leipzig win the Champions League as he already made eight European appearances for the club before transferring to Chelsea.
UEFA’s rule awarding of winners’ medals is ambiguous, however, with the club making the final decision on which players receive individual honours.
Section 11.03 in the 2019-20 edition of UEFA Champions League regulations states: “The winning team is presented with 40 gold medals and the runner-up with 40 silver medals. Additional medals may not be produced.”
UEFA do not have set regulations on how many appearances a player must make in the competition in order to earn a medal.
The tournament functions differently than the likes of the Premier League, which states that since the 2012–13 season, a player must have made a minimum of five appearances in order to qualify for a Premier League medal. Previously, the minimum number of matches was 10.
Werner left the Bundesliga side for Chelsea in a deal that was completed before the 2019-20 Champions League season finished, as football was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The forward certainly contributed to RB Leipzig’s progress in the European competition, making eight appearances and netting four goals, but it is up to his former side to decide if he will receive a medal.
RB Leipzig have emerged as the runaway underdogs in this year’s competition, defeating Tottenham and Atletico Madrid to secure a place in the Champions League semi-finals against heavy favourites Paris Saint-Germain.
Should the Bundesliga side defeat the French giants on Tuesday evening, they will face either Bayern Munich or Lyon in the final in Lisbon.
In a twist of fate, Chelsea star has found himself viewing from afar as his former team RB Leipzig made it past Atletico Madrid and into the semifinals of the Champions League for the first time in their history.
Werner had a stellar 2019/2020 campaign while still at Leipzig, notching 34 goals across all competitions that made Chelsea to splash £47.5m to lure him to Stamford Bridge.
However, ahead of his move to Chelsea, Werner couldn’t complete his season with Leipzig; reports even had it that he declined to feature again in the Champions League for the German side.
RB Leipzig has been sensational and a pure joy to watch in Europe this season, and who knows, they might go all the way to be the new kings of Europe.
But in order to do so, they must find a way to beat their semifinal opponents, Paris Saint Germain who will also be hoping to make it to the final in Europe’s premier competition.
But in the case scenario that Leipzig eventually wins the Champions League, they might still do one last favor for their former striker, Timo Werner.
Chelsea secured one of the summer’s biggest signings when they completed the transfer of striking sensation Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.
The German international netted 34 times for Leipzig in 2019-20 and moved to the Bridge in a £47.5 million ($59m) deal.
In a twist of fate, however, Werner will have to watch from afar as his former side RB Leipzig progress deep into the last four of the Champions League – as his current club Chelsea were knocked out at the round of 16 stage at the hands of Bayern.
In other words, the German club can decide to gift Werner a winners’ medal, besides he made 8 appearances for them in the tournament this season, while scoring a moderate 4 goals.
According to reports, there’s a possibility that Werner can receive a winners’ medal, but it depends on Leipzig.
Time will tell, but hopefully they can do this for a player that generated that much transfer fee and scored lots of goals for them.