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The 13 best players to have never won a Premier League winner’s medal

Did you know that in 1995, David Batty rejected a Premier League winner’s medal because he didn’t believe his contribution to Blackburn’s success was of enough significance?

On the other hand, Wes Brown and John O’Shea have got five of them each.

These unlucky 13 somehow managed to avoid ever winning a single one…

1 Gianfranco Zola

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The diminutive magician was Chelsea’s best attacking player for years. He won two FA Cups and a League Cup but he moved to Cagliari two years before Roman Abramovich’s money delivered Premier League glory.

Mildly interesting fact — Zola wore size 5 boots.

2 Robbie Fowler

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‘God’ won’t be the last Liverpool legend to make this list.

No player has scored more Premier League goals (163) without winning a winner’s medal.

3 Paul Gascoigne

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Gazza spent many of his prime years at Lazio and Rangers.

When he returned to the English game it was with Middlesbrough and then Everton, hardly title-contenders.

Still, what a talent. Imagine what he could have achieved at say, Man United.

4 Matt Le Tissier

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His dedication and loyalty to Southampton is rightfully commended but a man capable of scoring Goal of the Season contenders virtually every game deserved to finish his career with at least one major honour.

5 Luis Suarez

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The Uruguayan proved himself to be world class during his four years at Anfield.

Biting and alleged racism aside, Suarez’s time in Merseyside served to enhance his reputation and earn him a dream move to Barcelona.

His 31 league goals in 2013/14 so very nearly earned him a winner’s medal. But then a certain someone slipped at a crucial moment…

6 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

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In Leeds and Chelsea, the Dutch forward spent six seasons with teams that occasionally threatened to mount a title challenge but couldn’t sustain the kind of form that would overthrow Arsenal or Man United.

He was a runner-up in 2003/04 was the Golden Boot winner in 1998/99 with Leeds and in 2000/01 with Chelsea.

7 Gareth Bale

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It may be a bit harsh given that the Welshman’s time in the Premier League at the peak of his powers was fleeting but at 27 the world’s most expensive player is yet to win a league title.

His Champions League winner’s medals is probably enough consolation.

8 Fernando Torres

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El Nino was perhaps the most complete No9 in world football from 2007 – 2010.

Despite bagging 81 goals in 142 games for Liverpool, he left Anfield having never won a trophy.

Then with Chelsea he won the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League but was on loan at Milan when Chelsea won the Premier League in 2014/15.

9 Marcel Desailly

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The towering defender’s trophy cabinet doesn’t have room for a Premier League medal.

He won the Champions League with both Marseille and Milan as well as two Serie A titles.

There’s also the small matter of the European Championship and World Cup wins with France.

10 Xabi Alonso

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Another one for whom a Premier League medal is the only missing piece.

Formed a masterful midfield along with Javier Mascherano and Steven Gerrard. Alonso and Mascherano moved on and won league titles, Gerrard however…

11 Jermain Defoe

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A criminally underrated forward and still England’s most natural finisher since Michael Owen.

Arsenal fans would never admit it but he would have been perfect for them in his prime.

12 Les Ferdinand

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Eighth of the all-time Premier League top scorers list.

Twice a runner-up with Newcastle where he was at his most clinical. Kevin Keegan ‘would ‘ave loved it’ if Les had a medal to show for his efforts.

13 Steven Gerrard

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Who else to finish on but Stevie G?

17 seasons with Liverpool, eight appearances in the PFA Team of the Year, three League Cups, two FA Cups, a UEFA Cup, and a Man of the Match award in the most dramatic Champions League final win ever.

But no league win.

He came close of course, three times.

Many still point to his slip against Chelsea as the reason Liverpool didn’t win the league in 2013/14 (including us earlier in this article) but the fact is if it wasn’t for Gerrard’s significant contribution and leadership they wouldn’t have been anywhere close to the top of the table in the first place.

A true legend, Premier League medal or not.