Ought to Juventus beat Real Madrid and lift the Champions League trophy on Saturday in Cardiff, then goalkeeper-commander Gianluigi Buffon will expel himself from a rundown of extraordinary players never to win European club football’s most prominent rivalry.
Utilizing the beginning stage of the European Cup’s 1992 change into the Champions League, ESPN FC chooses 10 legends never to have tasted such achievement.
He was the finest European player of the mid 1990s yet “The Divine Ponytail” never got the opportunity to copy the accomplishment with Milan of Italian national group associates like Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi (1989, 1990 and 1994), nor colleagues Gianluca Vialli and Fabrizio Ravanelli with Juventus (1996). Or, on the other hand even, considerably later, Javier Zanetti with Inter Milan (2010).
Also, that was in spite of Baggio playing for each of the three those clubs amid a distinguished vocation. The season after Juve sold him to AC Milan, they won that 1996 Champions League.
The last session of Bergkamp’s vocation saw him look on as Arsenal lost the 2006 Champions League last 2-1 to Barcelona. The principal half expulsion of goalkeeper Jen Lehmann left Arsene Wenger with only two outfield substitutions and his 84th-minute, last gamble was Jose Antonio Reyes.
Bergkamp’s dread of flying implied that he sparingly ventured out to away matches on the landmass thus lessened his commitment to Arsenal’s endeavors to win a trophy that still escapes them.
In the wake of fouling Real Madrid’s Steve McManaman in the second leg of 2003’s elimination round, midfielder Nedved got a yellow card that implied he would miss the last in Manchester. Juventus were denied their best player for getting the second reserving of a season, in which played 16 matches to come to the decider against Milan.
In his nonappearance, Juve lost on punishments after a horrible 0-0 stalemate, which means Nedved never got the chance to commend a non-playing award in the style of Roy Keane for Manchester United in 1999 or John Terry with Chelsea in 2012.
He was the overwhelming ability of the mid-1990s, a splendid Brazilian striker who was twice made the world’s most costly player: Barcelona got him from PSV Eindhoven in 1996 for $19.5 million and after that, after one year, Inter paid $27m for his administrations. Neither club, however, won a group or European Cup with him around.
A genuine knee damage in 1999 prompted a wild period before Ronaldo scored eight objectives as Brazil won the 2002 World Cup. That won him a move to Real Madrid be that as it may, while he might be reviewed for a grand quarterfinal cap trap at Manchester United in 2003, Nedved’s Juve thumped Madrid out in the following round.
Ruud van Nistelrooy
Before Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo took Champions League scoring higher than ever, strikers Raul and Van Nistelrooy were its unsurpassed driving scorers. For PSV, Manchester United and Real Madrid, the Dutchman was productive, and particularly under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Van Nistelrooy, who got 56 objectives in 73 appearances by and large, was the opposition’s top scorer in 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2004-05, yet United never achieved a last amid his time at Old Trafford; their best exertion being an elimination round keep running in 2002, his initially season at the club. Genuine, his next goal, correspondingly battled.
Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning skipper was a truly incredible guard and a genuine successor to any semblance of Baresi. Be that as it may, in spite of playing for excellent clubs like Inter, Juventus (two spells) and Real Madrid, he could never vanquish the Champions League.
He joined Madrid after Juventus’ 2006 assignment from Serie A taking after the Calciopoli defilement outrage and won Liga titles under Fabio Capello and Bernd Schuster’s administration, however never moved beyond the European Cup last 16 amid his time in Spain.
In January 2010, Jose Mourinho enabled Vieira to leave Inter to join Manchester City. That May, Inter won the Champions League last in Madrid to finish a Treble. Vieira could never again play in an opposition he had neglected to win as Arsenal’s midfield pioneer and after that later as a Juventus and Inter player.
Having left Milan for Arsenal in 1996, the tall, rangy and skilful Vieira end up plainly one of the landmass’ best players and won World Cup and European Championship titles with France. Be that as it may, Arsenal improved in the Champions League without him, achieving the 2006 last.
There were tears at Roma a weekend ago, as 40-year-old Totti played his last amusement at the Stadio Olimpico. He was its most loved child and driving man – close by Gabriel Batistuta, another legend who neglected to win the Champions League – as the club won the 2000-01 Serie A title.
Be that as it may, Roma have never possessed the capacity to manage themselves as an European compel, with their best exhibitions coming in achieving the quarterfinals of 2006-07 and 2007-08. Totti, a best on the planet with Italy in 2006, would never motivate them promote.
The knee damage that Ibrahimovic endured against Anderlecht in April may have finished his Manchester United profession, as well as his expectations of winning the Champions League, in which he has scored 44 vocation objectives.
A productive gatherer of 13 alliance titles with Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, he has just achieved the European Cup elimination rounds once. That was at amid a questionable season at Barca, when they were beaten in 2010 by Mourinho’s Inter.
He was a failure in 2013’s last when playing for Borussia Dortmund against his present club Bayern Munich however Lewandowski, still only 28 and the scorer of 40 objectives in 61 rivalry appearances, can even now fill in his Champions League clear.
Bayern lost in the elimination rounds for two seasons running under Pep Guardiola and, under Carlo Ancelotti, left this season at the quarterfinal stage to Real Madrid.