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Top 15 Worst Players To Win The Champions League

The Champions League is the most prestigious club competition in world soccer. The sheer number of high quality teams in the competition make it incredibly difficult to win, and today, most consider it a more challenging tournament than the World Cup. Formerly known as the European Cup, it became the Champions League in 1992 and has been Europe's premier club competition since 1955.

For more than half a century Europe's top teams have battled it out in the competition, meaning the list of winners contains many of the game's greatest ever players. The likes of Ferenc Puskas, Eusebio, George Best, Johan Cruyff, Gerd Muller, Marco Van Basten, Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and countless other legends of the game are among the impressive list of winners. Listing them though, as you've just seen, is far too tedious and easy, we thought it'd be much more interesting to look at the worst players to ever win the Champions League.

Given that the Champions League is the greatest prize Europe has to offer, and is generally won by one of the continents greatest teams, there should be no 'bad' Champions League winners. However, after a look at the names to come on this list, you can decide for yourselves whether that is the case. Of course, many of these players have had very respectable careers, but none should have won the great trophy. Here are the top 15 worst players to win the Champions League:

15 15. Ryan Bertrand

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14 14. Nuno Valente

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13 13. Sulley Muntari

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12 12. Jose Bosingwa

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11 11. David May

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10 10. Pedro Mendes

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9 9. Jesper Bolmqvist

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8 8. Benni McCarthy

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7 7. Carsten Jancker

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6 6. Ivan Campo

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5 5. Igor Biscan

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4 4. Michele Padovano

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3 3. Jonathan Greening

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2 2. Jovan Kirovski

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1 1. Djimi Traore

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Poor old Djimi Traore. You will seldom see a list of this ilk where his name doesn't crop up. The truth is, Traore just wasn't very good. He was calamitous, error-prone and inconsistent, all attributes that you don't want from a defender. Traore has almost become defined in Britain by his comical own-goal in the 2005 FA Cup, and the fact that same player won the Champions League that year is a laughable occurrence to some. He played the full 90 minutes and extra-time at left-back as Liverpool came from three goals down to beat AC Milan on penalties. He joined Charlton and Portsmouth soon after, always looking a liability in the Premier League and ended his career with the Seattle Sounders in 2o14.

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