The High-Profile Players Who Missed Out On A Premier League Winners' Medal
Current Premier League rules state that 23 players are guaranteed to receive a winners' medal.
The criteria for the last few years has been that each player must play a minimum of five games to qualify for a medal. It hasn't always been that way, however, and The Sun have compiled a list of high-profile players who missed out on the huge honour.
The former Manchester United skipper collected eight Premier League winners' medals but he missed out on two occasions.
The first instance came at the start of his career when he only one made appearance in his debut season, while he finished on four in his final campaign after retiring following a disastrous display away at West Brom.
Another ex England right-back-turned-Sky Sports-pundit also missed out. Richards was a key cog in Roberto Mancini's 2011/12 winning side that ended a 44-year wait for a title, but he made just two league appearances in an injury-hit season under Manuel Pellegrini in 2013/14.
The 'Egyptian King' didn't qualify in 2014/15 under Jose Mourinho after being loaned out to Fiorentina at the halfway point.
Juan Cuadrado, the man who went into the opposite direction, did get his hands on a medal after making 12 appearances.
The 2009/10 title win under Carlo Ancelotti came too early for the Serbian, who only played twice in the league.
Ravaged by injury, the former England midfielder had a medal placed around his neck in the 2007/08 double-winning campaign, but he was short of appearances in 2008/09 and 2010/11.
When he made a shock switch to Manchester City, his injury problems continued and he only made a solitary substitute appearance in the league as the sky blues pipped their rivals in the dying embers of the final day.
Leicester City's record signing in 2015 was loaned out to Hoffenheim in the middle of their unforgettable title win under Claudio Ranieri and therefore did not receive a medal.
The former England man played five times as Blackburn won a fairytale league title in 1995 but at the time ten appearances were required to be eligible.
He did get offered a medal but turned it down. It might have been in his best interests to accept it though, as he could could only manage consecutive second-place finishes at Newcastle after that
The young Italian's memorable winning goal on his debut against Aston Villa in 2008/09 helped United lift a third consecutive title but four appearances meant he did not get a medal.
However, 11 years on from the stunner, he told SPORTbible that he did feel as though he contributed despite not having anything to show for it.
He said: "United were struggling before that Villa game - we lost to Liverpool and Fulham I think.
"It was like fresh air for the team. Of course I feel part of the team that won that title because I contributed a lot.
"Also, after it, the players told me I was the one who gave them the strength and probably the title at the time because it was a tough time for them."
The current Fulham boss' move to Stamford Bridge didn't quite work out and the 2004/05 title-winning season saw him feature just four times in the league - therefore denying him the ultimate memento.
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