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Who are some of soccer’s forgotten players to win major trophies?

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There are always those forgotten players that somehow win soccer’s biggest trophies.

Superstars tend to receive most of the acclaim when teams win significant silverware in the game of soccer. After all, they score winning goals or make big defensive stops during the important matches. However, soccer is a team game. Lesser known players collect silverware alongside their superstar teammates.

Below are five players that have won multiple major trophies throughout their careers. Make sure to remember them while reminiscing about your favorite team.

Forgotten players to win major trophies

Ross Turnbull

A list like this could not be completed without a backup keeper involved. Turnbull won with a Champions League, a Europa League, and two FA Cups during his time at Chelsea. However, Turnbull failed to make a single appearance in any of these competitions. Rather, Petr Cech manned the goal for the Blues, and Turnbull was his backup.

Also, Turnbull appeared in two games for Chelsea in 2009/10. Although Chelsea won the Premier League, his pair of appearances did not merit a winner’s medal. Since then, the Premier League tweaked its rules for winners receiving medals.

Alvaro Arbeloa

The former Real Madrid, Liverpool, and West Ham defender played on some excellent teams during his career. Arbeloa collected a La Liga title, two Champions Leagues, two Copa del Reys, a UEFA Super Cup, and a FIFA Club World Cup while at Real Madrid. Arbeloa featured regularly in domestic competitions. Yet, he managed just six appearances in the Champions League triumphs in 2013/14 and 2015/16.

Along with his significant trophies at Real Madrid, Arbeloa thrived internationally. He collected a World Cup and two European championships with the Spanish national team. The fullback made just one appearance each during the 2008 Euros and 2010 World Cup.

Shkodran Mustafi

Shkodran Mustafi endured a turbulent tenure at the Emirates. Despite his struggles, he collected two FA Cup medals during his four seasons in north London. Mustafi played a role in Arsenal’s cup runs in 2017 and 2020. However, injuries kept him out of both finals. Interestingly, both of those wins came against crosstown rival Chelsea.

Much like Arbeloa, Mustafi also collected major silverware for his country. Deployed at right back, Mustafi featured in three out of Germany’s first four matches during their successful 2014 World Cup tournament. However, the former Valencia man missed the final three matchups against France, Brazil, and Argentina due to a muscle injury. Nevertheless, Mustafi has his World Cup medal. With a wealth of talent on that Germany side, Mustafi is certainly a forgotten player to win the biggest trophy in sport.

Kiko Casilla

Another backup keeper, Casilla played at Real Madrid for just three seasons. However, his arrival back at the Bernabeu arrived at the perfect time. Casilla was the understudy to Keylor Navas during his tenure in Madrid. Even then, Casilla collected three Champions League medals, a La Liga, a UEFA Super Cup, and a FIFA Club World Cup trophy.

Casilla made a total of just five Champions League appearances for Real Madrid during these three triumphs, with none of these starts coming after the group stages. The Spanish keeper also failed to make any appearances in Real Madrid’s FIFA Club World Cups during this timeframe as well.

Anderson

The Brazilian failed to live up to his lofty €30 million price tag in 2007. Anderson did, however, collect some significant silverware during his time in Manchester. The former midfielder managed to be a part of four Premier League titles, a Champions League, a FIFA Club World Cup, and a League Cup with Manchester United.

Anderson never made more than 16 starts during a season in which United won the Premier League between 2007 and 2015. The Brazilian played sparingly during his Champions League triumph in 2008; however, he did come on as a late substitute in the final and even converted his penalty during the shootout victory over rivals Chelsea.

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