The 12 best players never to win the Champions League

Ronaldo, Real Madrid

The 'show us your medals' brigade would have a hard time criticizing these superstars, although none have claimed Europe's biggest prize... yet

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12. Phillip Cocu

The current PSV manager made 79 appearances in the competition, initially with the Dutch side and then during his six-year spell with Barcelona.

Cocu left the Camp Nou just before Barça's recent European dominance, though, with the Catalans winning the first of their four trophies in the 21st century two years after his 2004 departure.

Zinedine Zidane, Phillip Cocu

Zinedine Zidane holds off Cocu in the 2002 semi-final

11. Patrick Vieira

He left the Gunners 12 months before they reached the 2006 final and then departed the January before Inter won it in 2010

Vieira is another midfielder who played plenty of times in the Champions League - 76 in total - for three different clubs in Arsenal, Juventus and Inter.

The former France international was a nearly man, though, leaving the Gunners 12 months before they reached the 2006 final and then departing the January before Inter won it in 2010. He was not eligible for a medal.

10. Fabio Cannavaro

One of the all-time greats for Italy, Cannavaro's haul of 138 international caps is second only to another name on this list, and he also won the Ballon d'Or in 2006.

Yet despite playing for Parma during the peak of their European powers in the late 1990s, as well as Inter, Juventus and Real Madrid subsequently, a Champions League medal is missing from the World Cup winner's collection.

Fabio Cannavaro

Cannavaro looks dejected after Inter's defeat by rivals Milan in the last four in 2003

9. Cesc Fabregas

The 30-year-old left for Chelsea in 2014, the summer before Barca's most recent success

With 96 Champions League appearances to his name, Fabregas will surely join the 100-club next season when Chelsea return to the competition.

The Spaniard was a runner-up with Arsenal in 2006, before earning his dream move back to boyhood club Barcelona five years later, just after they had won their fourth Champions League in its current format.

The 30-year-old left for Stamford Bridge in 2014, the summer before the Catalans' fifth and most recent success. Young Cesc would not have been amused.