In the exciting world of soccer, greatness often comes with trophies.
But sometimes, even the best players can’t win the biggest prizes, and that unfairly brings their greatness into question.
Let’s take a look at three incredible English players who never got to lift the Premier League trophy, despite their amazing skills.
Imagine being as good as famous players like Zidane and Pirlo. That’s how talented Steven Gerrard was! He played for Liverpool and became club captain when he was just 23 years old.
For almost ten years, he led his team with heart and skill. Gerrard won other big trophies like the Champions League, FA Cups, and League Cups. But there was one trophy he couldn’t win – the Premier League.
It seemed like Liverpool and the Premier League trophy were always just out of reach for him.
One moment stands out in Stevie G’s failed pursuit of a PL title.
In a really important match against their rivals Chelsea, he slipped and made a mistake that Anelka was only happy to take advantage of. Chelsea later went on to win the game, opening the door for City to swoop in and cart the prize away.
But for that mistake, no one who bet in Nigeria or any other part of the world would have predicted Liverpool losing out on the championship that year.
Despite this, Gerrard’s amazing career and leadership on the field made him a true legend in the Premier League history.
Think about being a soccer player who can score more than 30 goals in his first three seasons. That’s exactly what Robbie Fowler did — and it’s a record he alone holds in the Premier League to date.
He played for Liverpool for eight years, and his goal-scoring skills were simply incredible. But even with all those goals, he didn’t win the Premier League either.
Despite his talent and hard work, the Premier League trophy never found its way to Fowler’s hands.
Fowler tried playing for other teams like Leeds United and Manchester City, hoping to win the trophy there. But luck wasn’t on his side.
Although he’s one of the top goal-scorers in Premier League history, the winner’s medal remained just out of reach for him. Still, Fowler’s goal-scoring magic made him a true star of the Premier League, even without the top prize.
Harry Kane is the latest addition to this unenviable list even if his PL career is not technically over.
Kane is known for scoring lots of goals, and he is undoubtedly one of the purest strikers of the ball the Premier League will ever see.
But there’s a twist to his story – he hasn’t won the Premier League either. Despite his goals lifting a mostly average Tottenham side to a top team in the league, the biggest trophy stayed just out of his grasp.
It’s clear that Kane knows how much of a dent a trophyless career for both club and country can make to his football resume. That must be why he chose to move to Bayern Munich this summer, a team that has now won the Bundesliga ten times in a row.
Clearly, Kane would have preferred to stay at Tottenham but sometimes, even when you’re really good at something, you need a bit of luck and the right circumstances to win. Spurs may never find the right circumstances in a league with four (maybe five) teams that are much better.
So there you have it – the stories of three amazing English players who gave their all but couldn’t conquer the Premier League. These players show us that soccer, like life, can be unpredictable, but their determination and skills will always be remembered.