Football is the most popular sport in the World today. FIFA sets the rules but there are some things they just can’t control zero. Today, we want to take a look at some crazy facts many will struggle to even understand. For instance, by the time Lionel Messi and Cristiano retire, trust me their records will be hard to even analyze for decades to come. Take a look at this near impossible facts you will not believe are actually real.
5. Zlatan Played for 7 Top Clubs- Zero UCL Trophy
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The first player EVER to play for seven different teams in the UEFA Champions League! pic.twitter.com/UFYuaYjq2x
— Football Stuff (@FootbalIStuff) November 23, 2017
LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic might say he was cursed when it comes to European success. The big Swede played for 7 clubs that have lifted UEFA Champions League but he never won it. The striker played for Inter Milan, Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan, PSG and Manchester United.
The extraordinary European career of #Zlatan Ibrahimović ends with one major disappointment – he never won the Champions League.
— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) March 22, 2018
His last chance came in 2017/18 season at Old Trafford but Sevilla humiliated Jose Mourinho side at Old Trafford to end his European title hopes. Like Steven Gerrard Premier League regrets, it is difficult to believe Zlatan never lifted the big-eared trophy even once. Sad for the Lion.
4. Aston Villa had more Trophies than Man United by 1986
El #AstonVilla debutó en la #ChampionsLeague en la temporada 1981-1982 y se proclamó campeón al derrotar en la final al #bayernmunich (1-0). Era el séptimo año consecutivo que un equipo inglés ganaba el prestigioso torneo (récord absoluto). pic.twitter.com/gM5EgNr8YM
— futbolretro.es (@futbolretroes) December 6, 2018
This might sound like folk tales to many Manchester United fans today but it is very true. In 1986, before Sir Alex Ferguson took over the club, Aston Villa was more successful than the Red Devils.
By then, Villa had lifted 18 major titles namely; 7 League titles, 7 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, and 1 UEFA Champions League crown. On the other hand, the Red Devils had won only 15 major trophies which included; 7 League titles, 6 FA Cups, 1 UEFA Champions League trophy and 1 Cup Winners Cup (UEFA Super Cup).
3. Four World Cups Zero Qualifiers- Giuseppe Bergomi
— andi&rodriguez (@andibeer) May 28, 2015
Italian legend Giuseppe Bergomi must be one of the luckiest men in World football. The legendary defender played in four World Cups without having to fight for a place in the team through qualifiers.
Giuseppe Bergomi played in the #WorldCup 4 times but did not appear in ANY qualifiers#GiuseppeBergomi #inter #azzurri #italy #italia #fifa#Football #soccer #fanboyos #fussball #futbal #calcio #budgesliga #serieA #premierleague #mls #laliga pic.twitter.com/G756i5JnxI
— TheFarPostFC (@TheFarPostFC) February 15, 2018
This is how he got lucky, in 1982, at a tender age of 18 years, Bergomi was that last surprise addition that Coaches like making for the press. In 1986, there was no need for qualifiers because the Azzurri qualified automatically as holders. In 1990 he was lucky again because Italy hosted the World Cup and this means no qualifiers needed. In 1998, towards the end of his career aged 34, the Coach made a late addition to the squad and Bergomi was the lucky man once again.