THE LIST: Sportsmail's top 50 players to have never won the title, Nos 20-11

06 May 2010 12:29
        HAVE YOUR SAY.     Who is the best player never to have won the title? Steven Gerrard has gone another season without landing the Premier League with Liverpool after another frustrating season on Merseyside. But the England midfielder is by no means the only star never to have won the top-flight crown. Tell us who you think is the biggest loser of them all. TELL US WHAT YOU THINK The end game is upon us - nine months of speculation over who is goingto win the Premier League comes to a conclusion with either ManchesterUnited or Chelsea set to lift the coveted trophy.

The joy for players who become champions will stand in stark contrast to the heartache for those who miss out.

Onceagain there are many fine players in the top flight who won't lift thetitle - which their ability and performances have merited.

StevenGerrard, Cesc Fabregas, James Milner, Thomas Vermaelen - allworld-class talent but ultimately unsuccessful this season as theirclubs dropped away from the title challenge.

And they're not alone - a number of true greats have enjoyed long careers in England - but never crowned champions.

All this week, Sportsmail takes you through the top 50 players who have never finished in top spot in the top flight.

Read Nos 50-41Read Nos 40-31  Read Nos 30-2120 Ray Wilkins One of the finest young players of his generation - Wilkins was England's great hope in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

His talent was undoubted - a cultured, classy midfielder who enjoyed spells with Chelsea, Manchester United and QPR -there was even a sabbatical in Italy with AC Milan.

However - Wilkins' career in England ended with the one FA Cup winners' medal - although he did win the title with Rangers in Scotland.

Old school: Ray Wilkins and Malcolm MacDonald missed out on the league title

19. Malcolm MacDonaldIs it a bird? Is it a plane? No - it's Supermac!Incredibly, MacDonald started off life as a full-back but he famouslyforged a career as a devastating centre-forward.

He was Newcastle's topscorer for five years, scoring 138 goals in 258 appearances for theMagpies before moving to Arsenal.

The goals continued to flow in northLondon - 42 in 84 league appearances - but he ended his careertrophyless.

18 Matt Le Tissier Le Tiss may not have won trophies with Southamptonbut he was one of the most entertaining players of his generation andcertainly one of the best that England have ever produced.

Maybe ifhe'd played at a more fashionable club he may have won honours - andmore than a measly eight England caps.

Taking Le Tiss: The former Southampton star won just eight England caps, while Fabregas is destined to endure another trophyless season at Arsenal

17 Cesc Fabregas One of the will-he-wont-he stories of the past year -Fabregas to Barcelona or will he stay at the Emirates?  

But if theSpain international, 23, decides to head back to the Catalan capital hewill do so leaving behind some unfinished business.  

Off the field: McGrath suffered from alcoholism

It's now sixyears since the Gunners won the title and Fabregas has only won the FACup - surely he'll want to stay and help Arsene Wenger win the league?

16 Paul McGrath McGrath's reputation within the game endures to thisday. A troubled man off the pitch who struggled with chronic kneeproblems on it.  

But he still gathered one FA Cup, two League Cups andplayed at two World Cup finals for the Republic of Ireland.  

He was also the 1993 PFA Player of theYear - but the league title was the one accolade which escaped him.

15 Gordon Banks England's goalkeeper, World Cup winner and, for atime, the best stopper in the world.

Banks only ever won two LeagueCups - in 1964 with Leicester and in 1975 with Stoke. The league titlenever came his way but when you pull off memorable saves like the oneagainst Pele at the 1970 World Cup - who cares?

Eye on the ball: Gordon Banks is one of England's finest goalkeepers in history

14 Chris Waddle If ever Waddle was going to win the league, it wouldhave been during his spell with Tottenham in the 1980s.

The Geordiemidfielder was at the peak of his powers and playing a side capable ofchallenging for honours - but Spurs' best finish during his time innorth London was third in 1985 and 1987.

North London rivals: Chris Waddle and Liam Brady make Sportsmail's top 20

13 Liam Brady Granted, 'Chippy' was a title winner - but never inEngland. The Ireland international won two league titles with Italiangiants Juventus and made 72 appearances for his country.  

Bradyenjoyed seven glorious years at Arsenal between 1973 and 1980 but hewon just the one FA Cup (1979).

12 Gary Lineker Lineker's best chance of winning the title was duringhis spell at Everton - the Toffees were a fine side in the mid 1980s. 

England's second highest scorer of all time spent one year at Goodison,but this was a 12 month period which bridged the gap between two titlewinning seasons.

Capital gains: Gary Lineker and Gianfranco Zola fell short of winning the league

11 Gianfranco Zola The man with the widest smile and shortest legs to have ever graced the Kings Road. Zola played in 312 matches and scored 80 goals for Chelsea.

But it was during a period of transition for the club. Moving in the right direction but before Roman Abramovich's bags of cash arrived.

The West Ham boss departed Stamford Bridge a legend: with two FA Cups (1997 and 2000), the League Cup (1998) and the Uefa Cup Winners' Cup (1998) but never the Premier League.

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