Pity of a lifetime: a look at the best 11-man squad in European football that has never won the Champions League

2020-06-22

For any professional footballer, winning the European championship would put them at the pinnacle of career success. While many great players have done this, there are some top stars who have never won a Champions League trophy. Let's take a look at the best 11-man squad of players who have never won a Champions League title.

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon

One of the best goalkeepers in modern football, Gianluigi Buffon has led Juventus to three defeats in the Champions League final. The Italian veteran won the World Cup with his national team in 2006 and has won the Serie A title nine times.

Buffon is considered an iconic figure in Turin, as he chose to stick with the Old Lady even when Juventus were relegated. This season could be the final season of the 42-year-old Italian goalkeeper's career and as such, he won't get another chance to win the UEFA Champions League trophy.

Right back:Thuram

Toulam won the 1998 World Cup with France and the 2000 European Championships. He is a very versatile defensive player who can play both right-back and centre-back. Thuram was part of the Juventus team that lost to AC Milan in the Champions League final in 2003. Despite playing in 69 Champions League games during his career, Thuram has never won the Champions League.

Centre-back: Branco

A key player in France's World Cup victory in 1998 and the Euros two years later, Branco was at Auxerre and Manchester United respectively He has won league titles in Ligue 1 and the Premier League. However, despite playing for European giants like Inter Milan, Barcelona and Manchester United, Branco has never been able to win the Champions League .

Center back: Cannavaro

One of the greatest centre-backs in modern football, the World Cup winner hasn't had much luck in the Champions League. Despite playing for three of Europe's top teams - Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid - his best Champions League success came in the The achievement was only in the semi-final of the Champions League for Inter Milan in 2003.

Left back: Zambrotta

Zambrotta is a versatile defender who can play in different positions in the back line. The Italian defender has had successful spells at Juventus, Barcelona and AC Milan, but like his fellow Italian Same, missed out on Champions League glory. The Italian World Cup winner has been a mainstay of the backline at any club, but has not won a single Champions League A championship that has made his career but slightly regrettable.

Back:Mateusz.

World Cup winner, German Footballer of the Year, European Footballer of the Year, World Footballer of the Year, winner of seven Bundesliga titles, Germany's all-time appearances The player with the most times, Mateusz has won almost every accolade he could except for the Champions League. In the 1998-99 Champions League final, Bayern Munich and the Champions League were so close. But goals from Sheringham and Solskjaer in the last two minutes of the game shattered their dreams of winning the title. Although the German legend won the European Cup twice, the pain of losing the chance to win in the Champions League final will be etched in eternity. He's remembered.

Center Forward:Barak

Ballack, one of the most skilled midfielders of his era, played in two Champions League finals, but failed in both. In the 2001-02 UEFA Champions League final, Leverkusen lost 0-1 to Real Madrid. Ballack then moved to Bayern Munich and won all the trophies except the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea appeared in the Champions League final but lost to Manchester United on penalties.

Centre-forward: Nedved

In the summer of 2001, Juventus signed Nedved from Lazio following Zinedine Zidane's move to Real Madrid. Nedved is considered to be one of the greatest midfielders in modern football, and during his time in Serie A, he appeared in over 100 games, but never reached the Champions League final. In the 2003 Champions League final, Nedved missed the game due to suspension. AC Milan defeated Juventus in a penalty shootout to lift the trophy.

Up front: Totti

One of the greatest Italian players of his time, Totti never even made it to the Champions League final. This was mainly because the Roma team he played for at the time was not strong enough to compete with the other European giants. However, winning the World Cup with Italy in 2006 made up for some of the regrets of the legendary Roma star.

Striker: Ronaldo

One of the greatest strikers in the history of world football, Dairo has won almost every trophy except the UEFA Champions League, and despite playing for top European clubs such as Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan, and winning the Ballon d'Or twice in 1997 and 2002, he has never reached the final of the Champions League with his team.

Striker: Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic is undoubtedly one of the greatest strikers in world football today, but the accolades he has won on the football pitch and his skill and ability but can't match it. The Swedish striker holds the record for the most appearances in the Champions League (124), but he has never lifted a European crown Trophies.The 37-year-old Ibrahim is currently playing for AC Milan, a former European powerhouse that is currently in an embarrassing situation. This season, they haven't even qualified for the Champions League. Apparently, Ibu has no chance to compete for the Champions League trophy of his dreams.


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