10 best Premier League players to never win the title

Unlike other European countries that prioritise winning the Champions League over their own domestic competition, in England it's all about the Premier League.

Winning the title is revered above all else, but doing so is easier said then done – unless you're one of these chaps, of course.

Over the years the trophy has been lifted by such legends of the game including Vincent Kompany, Roy Keane, and Patrick Vieira.

But there have been a number of players – more than good enough to win the competition – who never got the chance to lift the Premier League trophy aloft.

Here are 10 of them.

Steven Gerrard

We'll start with the obvious.

The Liverpool legend spent 17 years playing in the Premier League and was regarded as one of the greatest individuals to ever grace a football pitch.

He was a key part of the Reds team that won the 2005 Champions League, and would regularly win matches by himself in the league.

But his loyalty to Liverpool while Manchester United,Arsenal and Chelsea enjoyed success around the Reds meant he never tasted Premier League glory.

Matt Le Tissier

Le Tissier is a rightfully regarded a legend at Southampton – a club he loved, and continues to love to this day.

The Guernsey-born forward scored exactly 100 goals in the 10 years he represented the Saints, some of which were sublime.

But his love for Southampton – who, for the most part were battling against relegation – meant he never tested himself at a higher level and, as a result, never won the title.

Gianfranco Zola

A little magician, Zola ensured the rest of the division started taking Chelsea seriously when he arrived on these shores in 1996.

The Italian went on to represent the Blues for seven season, stunning football fans with moments of technical brilliance.

But his time at Stamford Bridge came just before the Roman Abramovich era.

And despite the Russian's love for Zola – he offered him £3million to remain at Chelsea for one more season when he took over as chairman – he couldn't convince him to stay.

Fernando Torres

At one point Torres was easily the best striker in the Premier League.

The then-Liverpool star had everything; he could score from anywhere in and around the box, he was physically imposing, great in the air, technically sublime, and could beat a defender for pace.

But the Reds just were not competing for major honours during this time.

Torres eventually completely a £50million move to Chelsea, where he won the Champions League.

But in a total of seven seasons in the Premier League, the title eluded him.

Luis Suarez

Liverpool snapped up Andy Carroll as a replacement for Torres, but it was the 'signing on the side' of Suarez that would go down as one of the club's greatest ever purchases.

The Uruguayan striker only spent four seasons in the Premier League with Liverpool, which is less than most on this list. But what he achieved in his short time in England is not to be sniffed at; he nearly won the Reds the title by himself in 2014.

Barcelona would eventually come calling, and Suarez was gone – much like his chances of ever winning the Premier League.

Gareth Bale

Like Suarez, Bale wasn't in the Premier League as long as some of the players on this list – just six seasons – but he did have an incredible impact.

Bale represented Tottenham during his tenure in England, and at the time the north London club were not even in contention to win the title.

The world-class Wales international was a cut above all his team-mates – and the vast majority of the Premier League, for that matter.

And when Real Madrid came calling, the winger made a £85million switch.

Xabi Alonso

The Spanish magician spent five seasons at Anfield, in which he stunned football fans with his technical ability on a weekly basis.

The midfielder was a key part of Rafael Benitez's Liverpool side that won the Champions League in 2005, and Alonso was also integral to helping the Reds finish second in the Premier League back in 2009.

But just like Suarez, the World Cup winner had to go to Spain to win a league title.

Sami Hyypia

Widely regarded one of the greatest centre-backs to grace the Premier League, Hyypia was a force to be reckoned with in his day.

The Finnish defender spent 10 seasons at Liverpool, winning the Champions League, two FA Cups, two league cups and the UEFA Cup.

But as was the case for a number of world-class Liverpool stars of this time, the big one – the Premier League trophy – eluded him.

David Ginola

One of the first players to bring a certain je ne sais quoi to the Premier League when he arrived in England in 1995.

Ginola was a part of the Newcastle side that finished second in 1996 under Kevin Keegan before disagreements with Sir Kenny Dalglish a year later saw him leave for Tottenham.

On his day, the Frenchman was one of the top-flights most technical and exciting players to watch, but he was apparently never destined to win the Premier League.

Marcel Desailly

The defender arrived on these shores in 1998 after winning the World Cup with France.

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