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Champions League's most unlikely winners

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After the recent signing of Swiss international, Xherdan Shaqiri, it means that Stoke now boast five Champions League winners; the second most in the Premier League.

That’s more than Manchester United and Arsenal. Shaqiri joins Marc Muniesa, Ibrahim Afellay, Bojan Krkic and Marko Arnautovic. Five somewhat unlikely winners.

Which got us thinking, are there any more unlikely champions league winners?

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5. Ross Turnbull

Currently the only English goal keeper still playing with a Champions League medal. Ross Turnbull was part of one of Europe’s great underdog campaigns, as Chelsea kept defying the odds to win the Champions League. Now of Leeds after spells at Doncaster Rover and Barnsley, Turnbull’s inclusion will definitely surprise many.

4. Geremi

Middlesbrough fans will remember Geremi fondly, a noughties classic. The Cameroonian impressed on his time at the riverside, earning himself a moved to Chelsea under the Abramovich regime.

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However it wasn’t with the west Londoners where Geremi won the Champions League. In fact he already had two medals by the time he reached Chelsea, having won the competition twice with Real Madrid in 2000 and 2002.

3. Roque Junior

Solid as a rock. The former Leeds defender is probably remembered best for being sent off on his debut in the season where the Yorkshire club were relegated.

But Roque was part of Carlo Ancellotti’s AC Milan squad that beat Juventus on penalties at Old Trafford in the 2003 final. The final, like the player, was somewhat forgettable. 

2. Paul Lambert

Pub quiz trivia. Who was the first British player to win the Champions League? The answer? Paul Lambert.

Lambert was part of Borussia Dortmund folklore before they became cool. Playing a key role in their 1996/97 triumph. The Scot is more well remembered for his unimpressive stint as Villa boss but over in the Rhineland, Lambert still holds a special place in their hearts.

1. Jonathan Greening

Jonathan Greening was part of the Manchester United’s greatest ever triumph, making the bench for the final piece of the treble in 1999. With Keane and Scholes suspended, Greening was pushed onto the bench for the final against Bayern.

Unable to make it in the first team, Greening found himself as West Bromwich Albion captain as part of a very respectable career.

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