Harry Kane in August, and 11 more weird streaks and hoodoos

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5. Guttmann's ghastly pledge

Bela Guttmann delivered five trophies in three seasons during his initial spell as Benfica boss. So, following the 1962 European Cup Final triumph over Real Madrid, he asked for a pay rise.

When the board declined, Guttmann stormed out and famously proclaimed: "Not in a hundred years from now will Benfica ever be European champion."

Since Guttmann 'cursed' the club, the Eagles have duly lost all eight of their European showdowns, including five European Cup finals (1963, 1965, 1968, 1988 and 1990) and three UEFA Cup/Europa League ones (1983, 2013 and 2014) – in 2014/15 on penalties to Sevilla, following late heartbreak against Chelsea in the previous season. 

Bela Guttmann

Guttmann's curse has held firm through eight finals, including two immediately after his departure

6. Andres the lucky charm

Andres Iniesta has scored some important goals in his illustrious career, not least the 2010 World Cup Final winner for Spain against the Netherlands, and the late strike that knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League semi-finals in 2009. Remarkably, the midfielder has now scored 54 club and 13 international goals – that's 67 in total, mathematicians – and not one of them has come in a defeat. The only time he's been on the losing side in a game he scored came way back in February 2003; a 2-1 Segunda defeat for Barcelona B. 

Similarly, Liverpool's James Milner has never lost a Premier League game in which he’s scored (47), having netted from the spot in March 2017's 1-1 draw against Manchester City. With that, he beat the record previously held by Darius Vassell.

Andres Iniesta

Joy and despair: Iniesta puts Holland to the sword in 2010

7. Zlatan's European Cup woe

When he netted in PSG’s 4-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in September 2012, Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the first player to do so for six different clubs in the Champions League (after striking for Ajax, Inter, Barcelona, Milan and Juventus, all of whom have previously lifted the trophy).

And yet, for all those goals the big Swede has never won the competition. He's done well at being in the wrong place at the wrong time: Barcelona lifted the trophy in 2009 (the season before Ibra joined) with victory over Manchester United, but didn't in Zlatan's solitary season at the Camp Nou – instead, Inter claimed their first European Cup for 45 years, the club he'd left for Catalonia. The following term Barcelona lifted the trophy again but, on loan at Milan, Ibrahimovic again missed out. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Euro woe has followed Zlatan around

8. He'll never make it

Tottenham fans will fondly remember Gareth Bale’s time at White Hart Lane. After all, the Welshman netted 56 goals in his six seasons in north London, including a famous hat-trick against Inter, and scooped the PFA Player of the Year award twice. However, his early days in the Spurs first team weren't happy ones as the Lilywhites failed to record a single victory in the first 24 games he featured in.

Former director of football Damien Comolli claims Harry Redknapp "tried to get rid of" Bale, a claim which 'Arry denied later (of course). One position shunt, an £85 million transfer, two Champions League winners' medals and a Copa del Rey crown later, and it's quite ludicrous to think his struggles ever happened in the first place.