The reality helps a medium-rated players get into the Champions League winners team, and leave the high-rated players left out of the list, there are a lot of players that haven’t enjoyed Champions League glory here are 10 of them.
10) Philipp Lahm – Only at the age of 29, Lahm will participate in his 3rd final in the last 4 years, the Munich and Germany captain experienced a hard losses at finals, most currently Champions League defeat to Didier Drogba and his blue army of Chelsea, if he will step up the game he can delete himself from the list.
9) Pavel Nedved – The 2003 Ballon D’Or winner was the big star of Juventus and reach the final with her but was suspended due to yellow card he suffered throughout the campaign.
8) Patrick Vieira – Maybe the best central midfielder in the 90’s, the French talisman won the Premier League with Arsenal, the Serie A with Inter and Juventus and even the world cup in 1998.
7) Francesco Totti – Never did something special in the Champions League, and the last time Roma passed the group stages of the Champions League they faced Man United in 2007, and after a 2-1 win over the red devils they went to Old Trafford and suffered a 7-1 demolition by Ronaldo and his friends. But Totti will always be remembered as a Roma legend.
6) Dennis Bergkamp – Another player from Arsenal, the Dutchman won every English title with Arsenal except the League Cup, and was part of the invincibles, in 2003/2004 campaign, Bergkamp is in the 10th spot of Arsenal’s top-scorers with 120 goals.
5) Michael Ballack – The immortal runner-up, the German midfielder got the second place with Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea and also second place in the 2002 World Cup with Germany, and how can we forget the 2009 semi-final when Ballack played for Chelsea against Barcelona when penalties wasn’t awarded to the blues and Iniesta sent Barcelona to the final with a last-minute goal.
4) Ruud Van Nistelrooy – Another Dutchman, the man from the Netherlands is the second top-scorer in Champions League history with 60 goals (probably Messi and Ronaldo will pass him next season) but he never experienced a Champions League final, yet he was able to win league titles with Manchester United, Real Madrid and even PSV Eindhoven but couldn’t get his hands on the trophy with the big ears.
3) Fabio Cannavaro – One of the greatest centre halves that blessed the game, and one of the only defenders to win Ballon d’Or, was part of Parma’s success in the 90’s before moving to Inter and then to Juventus. After the World Cup win with Italy in 2006 he moved to Real Madrid where he lost twice in a row in the last-16 stage.
2) Giangluigi Buffon – One of the most incredible goalkeepers of all time and arguably the best goalkeeper of all time, like Lahm can still win the title, but Juventus will need to work hard for that to happen next year, ‘Gigi’ arrived to Delle Alpi in 2001 and was a part of 5 league titles (and one relegation) but he reached just 1 final at his time with the ‘old lady’ in 2003 when he and Juventus lost to Milan on penalties.
1) Ronaldo – No not Cristiano Ronaldo. The Brazilian Ronaldo, one of the best finishers and players of all time won the World Cup twice with Brazil, championships with Real Madrid (as part of the Galacticos) and with PSV Eindhoven, Copa del Rey with Barcelona, UEFA Cup with Inter and was close to win the Champions League twice. One time with Milan that won in 2007 but Ronaldo didn’t play because he was cup-tied after playing already with Real Madrid in the same year, and the other time with Real Madrid in 2003 when they reached the semi-final.