John O’Shea turns 34-years-old today, a veteran of almost 400 appearances for Manchester United, and the ultimate jack-of-all-trades.
Famously playing in every position for Alex Ferguson’s men, O’Shea was never overly talented, but got by through his work rate and willingness to play for his teammates.
A multiple Premier League winner, O’Shea also has the honour of winning the 2008 Champions League against Chelsea, although the Irishman was an unused substitute during the game.
It is not to say he is an undeserved winner of a medal, but his name does not match up with some of the luminaries who have won Europe’s premier competition.
To honour O’Shea’s birthday, we look at three players who really do not deserve to own Champions League medals.
3 - Ross Turnbull - Chelsea
Currently with Barnsley in League One, 30-year-old Turnbull was second choice goalkeeper to Petr Cech as Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012. In total he made seven appearances for the Blues over four seasons, but has an FA Cup and Europa League to his name too. Left Stamford Bridge in 2013 for Championship side Doncaster, and was immediately relegated as their first-choice goalkeeper.
2 - Jesper Blomqvist - Manchester United
Never living up to his promising reputation as a youngster, Blomqvist moved to United in 1998, and played a small role in their 1999 treble win. Generally restricted to substitute appearances, the Swedish international got his big break in the 1999 Final. However he did little of note, and his most important action was being substituted for Teddy Sheringham in the 67th minute - who went on to tie the game in injury time. Injuries ruined the latter part of his United career, but he never reached his early promise.
1 - Djimi Traore - Liverpool
Arguably the worst footballer to ever win a Champions League trophy, Traore never looked comfortable paying for Liverpool, and although he did have his moments of glory, he generally looked like a fan being given a chance on the pitch. Still he has a Champions League medal to his name, although spells with Portsmouth, Charlton and Birmingham showed an alarming decline upon his exit from Anfield.