Six of the best players never to win a major trophy

They say footballers are remembered for the trophies they’ve won.

Six of the best players never to win a major trophy

Yesterday, we challenged you to a quiz on which player had won which glittering trophy haul.

But what about the unfortunate ones who never get to claim a big prize?

They toil, sweat and shed blood for unfashionable sides, shunning the offers of bigger clubs to stay loyal to their team.

They receive individual plaudits but ones that really matter, cup final glory and league championships, remain elusive.

It’s enough to make you soak your jumpers for goalposts in tears of sorrow.

Here we pay tribute to the players who have never won a major team title, but will forever be remembered for their exploits on the field.

Matt Le Tissier

There’s one thing that will forever sum up the Guernsey born attacker; great goals.

He spent his entire career with Southampton and never even considered leaving.

Alex Ferguson wanted him at Manchester United but Le Tissier wouldn’t budge from his south-coast home.

He lit up the Dell with his lobs, chips and flicks. What Le Tissier lacked in pace, he made up for with speed of thought. A truly great player who was largely ignored by England, receiving just eight full caps.

Giuseppe Signori

Remember the Serie A highlights on RTE 2 every Monday night in the early ‘90s?

It was a time when the Italian League was peerless and Irish football was riding high off the back of the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Irish soccer fans of a certain vintage will remember Guiseppe Signori lighting up those dark weeknight evenings.

Signori was beating offside traps before Fillipo Inzaghi had grown hairs on his chest and was the consummate striker.

Despite playing for Sampdoria, Lazio and the Italian national team during his career, ‘Beppe’ never won a single trophy.

Sadly, in 2011, he was banned from all football related activity for five years for his involvement in match fixing.

However, he will always be remembered for finishing top scorer on Serie A for three seasons in the mid ‘90s.

Shay Given

Will we ever know why the Donegal stopper didn’t sign for Manchester United or Arsenal?

He did eventually get his ‘big move’ to newly wealthy Manchester City in 2009, after spending 12 years at Newcastle United but silverware has been hard to come by.

Given has technically won one major trophy as he received an FA Cup winners medial with City in 2011. However, going by Roy Keane logic, it doesn’t count as he didn’t play in the final – or any of the previous rounds for that matter.

A lack of silverware is the one blip on a fantastic career and maybe the reason why Given returned the Republic of Ireland squad set-up this year, he is nearing 130 caps which would be a fantastic achievement in itself.

Tim Cahill

Any Republic of Ireland fans who were in Thomond Park the night Australia ripped Ireland apart in a 2009 friendly will know how good Tom Cahill is.

He scored two belters that night that were the highlights of a drab game.

A consistent and busy, if not always spectacular, performer for Everton, Cahill was a great header of the ball for an average sized man and popped up with many, many vital goals.

The closest the Aussie has come to a major prize was as part of the Millwall team that lost the FA Cup final to Manchester United in 2004.

Cahill had Irish grandparents and could have played for Ireland had he not been capped by Samoa at youth level.

He went on to score in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups for Australia after being denied the chance to play for the boys in green as eligibility laws – which were later changed – ruled him out of a Mick McCarthy squad in 2002.

Richard Dunne

It’s a crime that this man never got his hands on senior silverware.

A winner of the FA Youth Cup with Everton in 1998 and a mainstay of the Under 18 European Championship winning Ireland squad the same year, the future looked bright for young Dunne.

However, senior medals were not forthcoming for a man who might have scored a Premier League record amount of own goals, but was often a brick wall for lesser teams in the face of adversity.

For the Republic of Ireland, his legend status is cemented. Nobody who follows football in this country will ever forget his performance in Moscow in the 2012 Euro qualifiers.

“Bring on more Russians, there are no more!”

Tom Finney

England great Finney spent his whole career from 1946 to 1960 at his hometown club Preston North End.

Messi, Maradona and George Best have all been compared to winger who is widely regarded as one of the greats of post-war football.

He finished as a league runner-up twice and was on the losing side in the 1954 FA Cup final.

Finney was acknowledged by all who met him as the perfect gentleman.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan tells the story that on returning for Blackburn Rovers after a broken leg, he was tasked with marking Finney."

Finney told him on the pitch, "You've had some bad luck son, and I'm not going to take you on, I want you to get through today's game and get back into the first team."

Finney was living proof that greatness is not always measured in trophies.

He died this year aged 91.

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