There are some footballers that you can call lucky, some probably won’t kick a ball all season but are part of a team just to make up the numbers, some get to play a few minutes in some games maybe 4 or 5 minutes as substitutes and some could be part of a starting 11 because the main guy who plays same position as them is injured or some key member of a team is out due to suspension and someone needs to fill in for them.
Boom, they are celebrating success with the guys who played a major part of the success. Is it their fault they didn’t do much but are reaping big? Hell No, maybe we can call it luck or should we say time and chance happened and chance was taken. These lucky players don’t include goalkeepers as every team have a goalkeeper who hardly plays but must be a part of the team should injuries arise or suspension to the main guy.
Here are 8 players who were lucky to be part of a successful Champion’s League winning side but didn’t contribute much to the success or did not contribute at all:
1. Jesper Blomqvist: He was part of Manchester United’s treble winning side of 1999 and you cannot point at any tangible thing he did en route United’s Champions League final win. He started the final because Roy Keane and Paul Scholes were suspended for the final which meant David Beckham had to play in Central Midfield for most of the game. Blomqvist was taken off and United eventually levelled scores with Bayern Munich (1:1) before winning the game 2:1 to be crowned European Champions that year. I am still wondering how Sir Alex Ferguson managed to get a player who had horrible spells at A.C Milan and Roma.
2. Jonathan Greening: who would have thought that English born Jonathan Greening has a Champions League medal. He was part of Manchester United’s 1999 Champions League winning squad and didn’t even play a minute all through the tourney.
3. Djimi Traore: Traore was part of Liverpool’s 2005 Champion’s League winning squad where the Kops came from 3 goals down to end the tie 3:3 in both regulation and extra time. Liverpool took the tie via penalties. He played in that final though but didn’t contribute much.
4. Scott Carson: I have beef for this guy, not even because he was once a Liverpool player (goalkeeper), but because he cost England the chance of playing at Euro 2008. His howler ensured Croatia qualified ahead of the 3 Lions of England. Prior to this he had won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 as a reserve goalkeeper.
5. Ivan Cordoba: yeah he was a monster in defence for Inter Milan but he didn’t do much to be deserving of a medal when they won the Champions League in 2009/10 season. He didn’t play in the final and played less than 3 games in the tourney.
6. Stephane Chapuisat: the Swiss man was a good striker no doubt but also didn’t deserve a winners medal with Dortmund when they won the Champions League in 1997. He scored 3 goals in the competition that season all coming against Romanian side Steaua Bucharest. In the final he was replaced in the final by a youngster, Lars Ricken who scored the winning goal in Dortmund’s 2:1 win over Juventus.
7. Salomon Kalou: he played over 80 minutes for Chelsea in their Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich in 2012. The moment he was subbed off, it seemed Chelsea clicked as they were able to pegged Bayern back to level scores at 1:1 and eventually won the game via penalties.
8. David May: another player from the Manchester United treble winning side of 1999. May did not kick a ball in the competition but got a winner’s medal for being named on the bench. The way he celebrated United’s 2:1 win over Bayern Munich was much more than the players that played in the game. He definitely had the strength after being idle all day.
There could more players on this list but let’s make do with these.