When you finish your career you want to be able to look over to your mantelpiece and gaze at all the awards you won.
For Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi that’ll be an armful of Ballon d’Or trophies. But not all awards are wanted.
Take the Bidone d’Oro, for example. Between 2003 and 2012 the ‘Golden Bin’ award was handed out to Serie A’s worst player. So here’s to the unlucky recipients.
Rivaldo saw off Al-Saadi Gaddafi to win the first instalment of the award in 2003, despite playing a part in Champions League, Coppa Italia and UEFA Super Cup wins.
Given Al-Saadi Gaddafi, son of Colonel Gaddafi, only played one league game for Perugia it was quite an achievement.
Only four years earlier Rivaldo had picked up the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year double. Wonder which award takes pride of place in his living room?
Nicola Legrottaglie- 2004
After years slogging it out with Italian minnows such as Pistoiese, Reggiana and Modena Legrottaglie got his big break when he joined Juventus in 2003.
His one and only season as a starter, under Marcello Lippi, saw Juventus finish third.
Even when Juventus were relegated to Serie B he only played ten games. You know times are tough when you’re struggling to displace Jean-Alain Boumsong.
Christian Vieri- 2005
If Big Christian Vieri had his way he’d have been opening the batting for Australia rather than trotting about up top for various European giants.
The one-time world’s most expensive player swapped Inter, where he’d been scoring at better than a goal every other game, for AC Milan in the summer of 2005.
But he started just three league games, scoring once, thanks to the presence of Adriy Shevchenko, Albeto Gilardino and Filippo Inzaghi.
Adriano- 2006 and 2007
No player has been able to seamlessly transform from Ronaldo to Ade Akinbiyi within the 90 minutes of a game like Adriano did.
He scored 13 times in 30 Serie A games for Inter Milan during the 2005/06 campaign but followed that up with five goals in 23 games the following season.
The Brazilian’s ballistic missile of a left foot was replaced by a Nerf Gun, much to the relief of Serie A’s goalkeepers.
Ricardo Quaresma- 2008
Quaresma moved from Porto to Inter during the summer of 2008 in a swap deal for Pele.
Pele was a young Portuguese midfielder but even if Porto had signed the ageing Brazilian legend they would still have got the better end of the deal.
The maverick, workshy winger didn’t get on too well with Jose Mourinho. Go figure.
Felipe Melo- 2009
Juventus looked like they’d got a bargain when they completed the signing of Felipe Melo from Fiorentina.
In truth they’d signed the Brazilian Roy Keane, minus the footballing ability.
He didn’t manage to pick up a single honour with Juventus, although he did lift the Turkish league title three times in four years at Galatasaray.
The only hat-trick Adriano was scoring in 2010 was a third Bidone d’Oro award.
Nineteen goals in 30 games for Flamengo the previous year gave everyone hope that L’Imperatore was back to his best.
No goals in five outings for Roma during their 2010/11 campaign quickly put an end to that.
Diego Milito- 2011
Everything Milito touched for Inter during the 2009/10 campaign turned to goals, culminating in a treble under Mourinho.
But injury disrupted the next season in which Milito scored just five Serie A goals.
He was back to scoring goals the following campaign, although Zlatan Ibrahimovic pipped him to Serie A’s golden boot.
Alexandre Pato- 2012
Pato has the honour of being the last player to receive a Bidone d’Oro award when it was discontinued in 2012.
One goal in three years meant he was an all too worthy winner.
Now playing his football in China, with Tianjin Quanjian, living out every failed wonderkid’s dream.
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