The UEFA Champions League is the glitziest and most prestigious club football competition in Europe. It not only generates millions of dollars in revenue through viewership, but it also allows teams to test their mettle against the best. Seeing the world's best footballers go toe to toe is a bonus. While some players, such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, thrive in front of the camera, others struggle. Ronaldo and Messi, in particular, have each scored over a century of goals and won nine Champions League titles between them. Their achievements in the tournament are unlikely to be matched for many years, if ever. However, as these five players have demonstrated during their careers, you don't always have to be a goalscorer to be a champion.
4. Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla is widely regarded as one of the most exciting midfielders currently competing in Europe. On the field, he exudes class on a regular basis. Arsene Wenger's Arsenal teammate's ability to execute inch-perfect passes, perform dazzling dribbles, and flamboyant one-twos with his teammates make him an ideal fit for the North London club's tiki-taka style of play. He has been with the club since 2012 and has a wealth of experience both in the dressing room and on the field, but he hasn't made as much of an impact in the Champions League as he should have. It may be tough to believe, but the Spaniard has failed to score a single goal in 42 Champions League games, a fact that has garnered him widespread criticism given that one of his primary responsibilities as an attacking midfielder is to produce his fair number of goals. Ten of his UCL caps came and went while he was with Villarreal in Spain, while 32 have arrived in the red and white of Arsenal thus far.
3. Jamie Carragher
During his 17-year career with Liverpool, the former defender won a UEFA Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, and the Champions League. Carragher was undeniably one of the most famous Reds players of all time, and he was essential to the club for many years. As a result, he was always there in the most vital games. Carragher's defensive qualities were never in doubt, although the former England international only scored five goals for Liverpool. One of those goals was technically scored in a Champions League qualifier. Despite the fact that it was never considered an official goal in the competition.
2. Javier Mascherano
When it comes to goalless Champions League heroes, Javier Mascherano may not be the first name that comes to mind, but it's undeniable that the formal FC Barcelona player never scored one. After playing for two of the continent's most successful clubs, one would think he would have picked up a trick or two from some of the world's best attackers - or perhaps he was the victim of a lack of opportunity. Given the number of medals he has tucked away in his personal cabinet, it's unlikely he'll be too upset about it all. For the record, he has a goal in the UEFA Europa League.
1. Jamie Vardy.
The 2016 Premier League Champions, who shook the football world, owe their success to this player, Jamie Vardy, who scored the most goals in the league. They were able to qualify for the Champions League by winning the league, but they did not perform well in the competition. Despite the fact that Jamie Vardy has only made a few games, he has impressed with his scoring ability. It was surprising that he didn't score in his debut season. That year, he was nominated alongside Messi, Ronaldo, and Neymar. He was on the field for 425 minutes without scoring. Even for a goal machine like him, that's a shock.
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