New User posted their first comment

10 great players to have never won the Champions League

The legendary keeper seems to have played in his last UCL match after the dramatic loss to Real Madrid.
Buffon seems to have played in his last Champions League match after the dramatic loss to Real Madrid
Rushabh Shah
Modified 05 May 2018, 03:00 IST
Top 5 / Top 10

The UEFA Champions League trophy is undoubtedly the Holy Grail of European football.

This season 2017-18 has seen one of the most dramatic build-ups to the finale held in Kiev. An insane quarter-finale saw German giants Bayern Munich crush Manchester United-defeater Sevilla 3-1 over two legs and Liverpool knocking out fellow English rivals Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid just happened to edge out a resilient Juventus 4-3 over two legs and AS Roma pulled the biggest coup as they knocked out FC Barcelona in a dramatic second leg 3-0 victory.

As the semi-finals concluded, Roma's dream-run to the finale was cut short by a high-flying Liverpool while a nervy Real Madrid once again made it to the finals.

Such is its importance that players have swapped clubs and even countries in the search for a chance to play in Europe's competition of the elite.

However, not everyone is lucky enough to place their hands on the gleaming silverware (and this includes some legendary players who have shattered records and left their mark on this beautiful sport).

Here is a list of ten great players who are legends in their own right but could not win the most famous trophy in Europe.

#10 Gianluigi Buffon

UCL Appearances: 125


Clean sheets: 50

Teams played for in UCL: Parma, Juventus.

Highest stage reached in UCL: Finals (Juventus).

A 10-time Serie A winner and a World Cup winner, if there is one regret that Gigi will have in his heart as he draws closer to retirement would be not winning the UEFA Champions League.

The legendary keeper has been this close to winning Europe's grandest competition thrice after Juventus reached the finals in 2003, 2015 and 2017. 

In 2003, a fresh-faced Buffon was in goal against fellow Italians AC Milan. After drawing 0-0 after extra time, the match went into penalties which Juventus lost 2-3.

12 years later, a rejuvenated Juventus marched into the finals but were shown the exit door by a certain FC Barcelona.

In 2017, once again Juventus reached the finals. However once again, a Cristiano Ronaldo brace all but killed Buffon's dream for the third time. 

Real Madrid and Ronaldo once again tormented the veteran keeper as Juventus crashed out of the quarter-final in 2018, thanks to a 97th minute dramatic Ronaldo penalty. 

1 / 10 NEXT
Published 05 May 2018, 03:00 IST
Fetching more content...
Get the free App now
❤️ Favorites Edit