Top 7 Players That Never Won The Copa America

The Copa America is a FIFA recognized competition created for the continent of America i.e the North and South America. It has been going on for 100 years and most recently, the Chileans won the trophy after defeating Argentina 4-2 on penalties.Lionel Messi was the talk of the town as the ‘world’s best player’ has now lost four finals in a row with Argentina, therefore never winning a trophy with the team despite his many accolades with Barcelona. Well, here are seven superstars, who also in their history never won the Copa America;

  1. Carlos Valderrama (Columbia) valderra

Carlos Valderrama of Colombia is considered as one of the best players of his generation due to his wild and eccentric playing style who never had the chance to lift the Copa America in his entire playing career. He was an easily recognisable player due to his large blond afro.The Colombian was considered as the classic number 10, who could play behind the forwards.He was so good that he was featured in Pele’s choice of the top 100 greatest living footballers, the only Colombian to be on it.Valderrama was instrumental in his team winning their group in the 1991 Copa America through which they reached the final.However, he couldn’t inspire his team to the title as they faltered badly in the final round that year. Valderrama was even more close to winning the Copa when his team reached the semi-final of the 1993 Copa America, where they lost to eventual winners Argentina in the penalty shoot-out.In the 1995 Copa America, his team again lost out in the semi-finals, when they were beaten by eventual winners Uruguay.Such was the heartbreak that El Pibe had to face in his international playing career. He earned 111 international caps for his country, although he never won any major trophy despite being part of Colombia’s golden era.

  1. Alvaro Recoba (Uruguay) recoba

While World Cup glory has not been forthcoming since that incredible upset of Brazil back in 1950, Uruguay have always held their own come the Copa America. With 15 victories the Celeste boast a better record in the competition than either Brazil or Argentina, and the nation is the current holder thanks to success in 2011.The incomparable playmaker Alvaro Recoba, however, had the misfortune of coming through during a lull in the quality of Uruguayan football. El Chino carried the team for years, but in two Copa America campaigns the best he could muster was a fourth place in 2007.

  1. Javier Zanetti (Argentina) zanetti

Javier Zanetti of Argentina is still considered as one of the best wing-backs ever subsequent to showing up for Inter Milan. He earned a record 143 tops for Argentina from 1994-2011. Despite the fact that he played the Copa America five times in his vocation, he was tragic to have never won it with his nation.He is a player who has won everything in his club profession, in spite of the fact that he couldn’t interpret his club achievement globally. In the 1995 Copa America, he achieved the quarter-finals, however his side was thumped by most despised adversaries Brazil in penalties.He was managed a much more prominent grief when his side was again beaten by Brazil in the quarter-finals of the 1999 Copa America, who went ahead to win the Copa America that year. In the 2004 Copa America, Argentina figured out how to beat Colombia in the semi-finals to achieve the finals of the Copa America, just to at the end of the day lose to Brazil in a punishment shoot-out.His next Copa America with Argentina in 2007 saw them start their crusade in glorious design, winning the gathering without losing a solitary amusement. They figured out how to achieve the finals in the wake of beating Uruguay, yet were by and by beaten to the title by Brazil, who beat them easily by a score of 3-0.

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  1. Zico (Brazil) Zico

In club football and as part of a glorious Flamengo team of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Zico won almost everything there is to win. The trophies flowed for the Fla, at state, national, continental and world level, capped by the 3-0 thrashing of mighty Liverpool in 1981 for the Intercontinental Cup. At international level, meanwhile, Zico shared the same affliction as his former team-mate Socrates: being a member of the best team never to win a major title. The semi-friendly Atlantic Trophy and Copa Roca in 1976 were the only silverware the star got his hands on with the Selecao, as the Copa America stayed out of his grasp.

  1. Lionel Messi (Argentina) messi1 copa real

Lionel Messi, who is considered as ostensibly the best footballer of this era, has won everything there is to be won as a player at club level. Take things to the global level, Messi is yet to win any trophy with Argentina.The Argentine has commanded the scenes in Spain dissimilar to any player continually, turning into the untouched top scorer of the group before achieving 30 years old.

Notwithstanding, he is yet to achieve the same statures in worldwide football. The Argentine has had his heart softened twice up two years when his Argentine group lost to Germany in the finals of the World Cup in 2014 and the tailed it up with a misfortune to Chile in the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.In his first genuine tryst with the trophy, Argentina had begun the 2007 Copa America in incredible style winning the gathering without losing a solitary The 2015 Copa America saw La Albiceleste take off the doors as they won their gathering. They then went ahead to beat a propelled Colombian group in a punishment shoot-out before wrecking Paraguay 6-1 in the semi-finals. The last, be that as it may, was an alternate story as Argentina missed out to Chile on penalties. A player who has won everything, despite everything he has time on his side to at any rate win one noteworthy competition with Argentina, the current year’s Copa being one.

  1. Diego Maradona (Argentina) maradona copa

Maradona is considered to be one of the greatest players to have ever played for Argentina had won the World Cup for his nation almost single-handedly. That is how influential the player was for his team.He had the power and skill to overpower any defence in the world and there was no stopping the man from Argentina. He represented Argentina in the 1979 Copa America, but Argentina finished last in the group, with Maradona scoring only once. Maradona was injured in the 1983 Copa America, where they had another dismal campaign getting knocked out at the group stages. Argentina had a good start to the 1987 Copa America as they topped their group, but fell to eventual champions Uruguay in the semi-finals. The God of Napoli ended the competition with three goals to his name. Argentina had a blistering start to their 1989 Copa America campaign as they won the group that also had powerhouse Uruguay. Their success, however, was short lived as Argentina could not win the final round, which was won by Brazil.Failure to keep his off-field activities in check led to him being banned from the 1991 Copa America as Maradona failed a drug test. Argentina went on to win the Copa America in his absence. The following Copa America, Maradona withdrew from the Argentina squad after having a dispute with his team.That year too, Argentina went on to win the Copa. This shows what Maradona’s career could have been, as he would have the complete set of trophies with his national team.

  1. Pele (Brazil) pele copa

Pele, broadly considered as the best player to have ever strolled the substance of this planet had won three World Cups with Brazil. He was additionally the main player to have scored 1000 objectives including friendlies, which goes to demonstrate the might of this extremely mind blowing player.He ruled the entire world with his aptitudes and objectives, yet would never command his mainland. He just played in one Copa America in the year 1959 and never played again in light of the fact that whenever Brazil would play the Copa America would be 30 years later. In the 1959 Copa America, Pele was the top scorer of the tournament as he scored eight goals in six games. Pele scored in the finals of the tournament as well, but the match ended as a 1-1 draw. The title was handed over to hosts Argentina, as they had the better record in the championship. Thus, Pele could never win everything there was to win with his national team.

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