The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious of all the football club competitions in the world. Almost, if not all footballers wish to play the competition and win it, but like the popular saying, “many are called but only few are chosen.”
Call it luck or lack of quality on the side of the player or the team they play in, this write reveals that some players have managed to rack up to 100+ appearances in the competition but yet have been quite unlucky.
To make over 100 appearances in the competition you have to play in the knockout stages or even further in the final, as the group stage is just but 6 games.
Players who have managed the incredible feat of 100 appearances in the UEFA Champions League but still do not have a winners medal.
Teams: Juventus and PSG
Of all the players on this, Buffon is the most unlucky and the one who is most likely to get the trophy through the goodwill of the fans. Buffon tried everything possible, including joining PSG for a short period and returning to Juventus when Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by the old ladies.
He also played for three teams in the competition, Parma who he had 6 appearances for, but it was for Juventus he had 113 appearances with three of those coming in the final of the competition while he also had five appearances for PSG.
The finals where Juventus and Buffon lost were in 2003, 2015 and 2017.
Teams: Ajax, AZ, Ac Milan, Inter Milan and Barcelona.
For a player of Zlatan’s caliber, you would expect a Champions League medal to be among his numerous winners medal from the numerous leagues he has played in.
He had 19 Champions League appearances for Ajax and Juventus, 22 for Inter Milan 16 for AC Milan and 10 for Barcelona, 33 for PSG and 1 for Manchester United.
Teams: Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea
Spanish midfielder Francesc Fabregas is one of the most lovable players in the world of football and unfortunately the former Arsenal midfielder failed to win the UEFA Champions League despite playing for two UEFA Champions league-winning club sides.
Despite crisscrossing from England to Spain and Spain back to England he didn’t stay at a period when they won the UEFA Champions League neither were Chelsea lucky to lift the trophy when he was at the Stamford Bridge.