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Top 20 Players Who Never Made It At Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich are the biggest and most successful club in German football, and one of the most successful in Europe, with 55 trophies to their name in total. Still the dominant force in the German game and one to be reckoned with in the Champions League, Bayern's trophy haul shows no signs of being brought to a halt. Some of the greatest players of all time played for Bayern, including the likes of Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller, but not all players fully found their feet in Bavaria.

From promising academy players to big-money flops, this is a list of players who failed to truly make it at Bayern but had successful careers elsewhere either before or after, or both. Some players gave decent accounts of themselves in a Bayern shirt but just couldn't nail down a regular starting place in the team due to the quality of the competition, whilst others actually had a disastrous time with the club and one they'll want to forget.

The list is ranked both in terms of how much the player struggled at Bayern and also how good they were or went on to be outside of Munich. The list includes Champions League, World Cup and Ballon d'Or winners, all of whom showed they were quality players, but never quite made it at the Allianz Arena or the Olympiastadion. Here are the top 20 players who never made it at Bayern Munich:

20 Thomas Kraft

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19 Landon Donovan

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18 Zvjezdan Misimovic

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17 Steffen Hofmann

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16 Breno Borges

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15 Alou Diarra

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14 Danijel Pranjic

13 Piotr Trochowski

12 Jose Sosa

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11 Edson Braafheid

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10 Pepe Reina

9 Paolo Guerrero

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8 Emre Can

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7 Lukas Podolski

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6 Sebastian Deisler

5 Marcell Jansen

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4 Jurgen Kohler

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3 Xherdan Shaqiri

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2 Mats Hummels

1 Jean-Pierre Papin

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The 1991 Ballon d'Or winner Jean-Pierre Papin had an exceptional career, winning 12 trophies, including Ligue 1 and Serie A titles as well as the Champions League. A five-time Ligue 1 top scorer and three-time European Cup top scorer, Papin enjoyed much success with Club Brugge, Marseille, Milan and Bordeaux, but the same could not be said of his time at Bayern Munich. A prolific goal scorer, Papin retired with an overall record of 303 goals in 542 games, yet his record at Bayern stood at only 6 goals from 40 games.

Papin was 31 when he joined Bayern, and 33 when he left after two seasons at the club. In that time the Bavarian giants failed to win the Bundesliga but did lift the UEFA Cup in 1996. Papin looked a shadow of his usual self, and the once world record breaking signing for AC Milan left for Bordeaux in 1996, where he once more scored goals for fun. Goals at club level were mirrored by goals at international level, where Papin scored 30 goals in 54 games for France, finishing third at the 1986 World Cup.

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