The Champions League final isn’t always won by the most talented team in Europe in any given season, but that doesn’t always mean every single player in the winning squad is one of the greats. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on discounted prices.
Some of those to lift the trophy, while still a few rungs above Sunday League standard, are not what you’d call Champions League level – at least not on the level where you’d expect them to win the whole thing. We’ve picked out 3 of the best (well, worst) here while making an executive decision to leave out reserve goalkeepers.
It’s not that the likes of Over, Ross Turnbull and Tom Starke aren’t underwhelming names, but we just didn’t want the list to be goalkeeper-heavy. So, without further ado, here are our lucky three…
Victor Wanyama’s brother became the first Kenyan to earn a Champions League winner’s medal when he was an unused sub for Jose Mourinho’s Inter in 2010. The midfielder played three times in the knockout stages that year, each time as a substitute, and was on the pitch as Barcelona’s late semi-final goal was disallowed by referee Frank de Bleecker.
Mariga played a couple more Champions League games under Rafa Benitez the following season, but never added to that tally beyond 2010 and retired in 2018 aged 31.
When Bosingwa won his first Champions League title with Porto in 2004, he was still a young prospect with plenty of time to see if he’d justify his potential. When he made it two, playing the full 120 minutes for Chelsea against Bayern, he’d shown us exactly how high his ceiling was.
The Portugal international only started the game due to several Blues players missing out through injury and suspension, and his performances the following year at QPR gave a fairer representation of his defensive level.
Bosingwa had at least tasted more action than Bertrand that season, but the academy product was thrown in as a gamble by Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo.
It was Bertrand’s first-ever Champions League appearance, and while he gave a good account of himself in Munich he did not kick on and become a European regular.
Bertrand isn’t the worst player out there and has been solid enough at Southampton, but he deserves his spot here.
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