Buffon and those like him who leave with regret
Legend Gianluigi Buffon bid farewell to football after passing 45. Buffon won 29 titles in his 28-year career. Where starting from the league title there is also the world cup trophy. But he never won the Europe-best title for the country and the club. Buffon, however, is not alone in the list of stars who could not win the Europe-best trophy for the club. Along with him in this list are big stars like Ronaldo Nazario, Dennis Bergkamp, and Ibrahimovic.
It is said that who is the best number 10 of all time can be debated. Where Pele, Diego Maradona will come with the name of Lionel Messi. But there is no debate as to who is the best number 9. Brazilian phenomenon Ronaldo Nazario is considered by many to be the greatest striker of all time. However, the owner of the highest goal in the World Cup also has shortcomings. Ronaldo, who played in the World Cup final twice and won once, never won the Champions League. Throughout his career, Ronaldo has played in the world’s best clubs like PSV, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and AC Milan. But he never won the trophy of European club football excellence.
Bergkamp can never forget the sadness! His last match in 2006 was the Champions League final. He had to sit on the bench in that match. Arsenal eventually lost the match. One of the greatest stars of his time, this star had to end his career without a European superiority title for the club. Although not winning the Champions League, Bergkamp has won the current Europa League, i.e. the previous UEFA Cup title twice. Won for Ajax in 1991-92, and won for Inter Milan in 1993-94.
Gianluigi Buffon joined Juventus from Parma for a record transfer fee in 2001. In all, his career spans 28 years. He won many titles during this time. Only the Italian League Serie A title has been won 10 times. He also won the World Cup title in 2006. But did not win the Champions League. Arguably the best goalkeeper of all time officially retired from football yesterday. But despite playing 124 matches and 3 finals, he still has the eternal sorrow of not being able to win the Champions League.
Ibrahimovic is Buffon’s partner in an embarrassing Champions League record. These two have played the most 124 matches among those who have never won the title. Ibra has played in clubs like Ajax, Juventus, AC Milan, Barcelona, and PSG in his career. But the fate of one of the best stars of his time to become the best in Europe did not open anywhere.
Patrick Vieira is one of the greateest midfielders of all time. The French star was one of Arsenal’s best players. He also won World Cup and European Championship for the country. But in the crowd of so many achievements, there is a little emptiness somewhere. That void is basically never able to win the Champions League. In 2006, Vieira left the club before Arsenal reached the Champions League final. And this French star left the club a few days before Inter Milan won the title in 2010.
He is called the master of changing the strategy of the Premier League. He also played an important role in establishing the reign of Manchester United in English football in the 1990s. Also won four league titles for the club. But the French star has never won the Champions League. Sir Alex Ferguson won the Champioons League in 1999. Before that, this versatile football star said goodbye to the club and went on a different path.
Italy’s 2006 World Cup victory hero Cannavaro. Seva’s country won the World Cup and took the Ballon d’Or trophy. In this, he earned the recognition of being one of the best footballers of all time in Italy. But Cannavaro’s regret for reaching the pinnacle of success is the Champions League. During his career, he played for clubs such as Inter Milan, Juventus, and Real Madrid, but never won the monument of European club football excellence.
The legendary Francisco Totri bid farewell to football with the unique feat of finishing his career for one club. Totti has ruined himself for AS Roma. This love for Roma has earned him recognition as the ‘King of Rome’. But Totti, who started his career in 1993, does not have a rich record in club football. Won the league title only once. No European titles were won. However, being in the 2006 World Cup team will make him sad.
Despite being very close, Thuram did not win the Champions League. In 2003, he had to be content with being the runner-up in the Champions League final. But in Serie A, Thuram won the league title twice. Won the World Cup and Euro for the national team. But he regrets not being the best in Europe for the club.
Pavel Nedved played in the Champions League final for Juventus. But in the final of 2003, Juve had to leave the field after losing. Nedved won two league titles in his career with Juve. The Czech star also won the Ballon d’Or, the highest commemorative award for individual excellence. But this legend also had to end his career with the regret of not being able to be a player of the best club in Europe.