Labelling a footballer as a "great" almost by definition requires the player to have won silverware at some level of the game. There are a few exceptions to this rule, however, and here we will highlight a half-dozen excellent players who never claimed a single trophy throughout their careers.
The criteria is strict. The players must be retired, which rules out the likes of Tim Cahill and Shay Given, and they cannot have won a single major trophy as a professional footballer.
That entails any top-flight league or cup triumph at senior club level, any of the major European club competitions (excluding the Intertoto Cup) and any senior tournament at international level.
There are many fine players who have won very few medals, and some who have claimed just one (Alan Shearer, Jay-Jay Okocha), but only a select minority who are completely, undeservedly, bereft.