The World Cup has missed out on some great players since its beginning.
While the likes of Pele, Diego Maradona and Michel Platini have all played in the game’s greatest competitions, there have been many more legends of the game who failed to make it into the competition.
Some of these players have been unlucky because of the countries they have played for, but others have just been plain unlucky.
Lets take a look at some of the best players who have never played in the World Cup.
1. Sami Hypia
Sami Hyypia could probably be regarded as Finland’s second-best player ever behind a compatriot who is further on this list.
Hyypia’s time in England with Liverpool brought great success as he was part of Liverpool defences that picked up two FA Cups, a Champions League and a UEFA cup.
2. Abedi Ayew
Abedi Ayew, or Abedi Pele if that’s the name you most remember, was a superb Ghanian footballer who made his name at Marseille in the early ’90s.
With Marseille he won one European trophy and picked up the Ligue 1 title three times. He was voted African Player of the Year three times.
Ayew is one of Africa’s Footballing Legends but the only trophy he picked up with his international squad was the 1982 African Cup of Nations trophy.
3. Eric Cantona
ric Cantona’s temperament kept him from long spells in the French team and thus reduced his chances of making it to the World Cup.
After his outburst against then-head coach Henri Michel’s decision to drop him from the squad during one stage of qualifying for the 1990 World Cup, Cantona was banned from international matches.
4. Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs is one of the most decorated players in the history of the game, having amassed numerous awards as Manchester United player. Pity he has never had a great group of players around him on the international stage.
5. George Weah
George Weah is arguably the greatest African player to play the game, having won the FIFA World Player of the Year once, as well as many other individual and team awards during his playing days in Liberia, France and Italy.
He never really had a chance on the international stage though as he played for a nation that is still yet to reach its first World Cup.
6. George Best
George Best certainly had magic in his feet but he was unable to drag the Northern Ireland team to the World Cup at any point in his career.
He played for a Manchester United team that included many other legendary players in the game, but they same could not be said about his international teammates.
7. Alfredo Di Stefano
Alfredo Di Stefano was mentioned as the best player ever by Pele. The star player who engineered a fantastic era for Real Madrid appeared in international competition for three different teams—Spain, Colombia and Argentina—yet never managed to appear in the World Cup finals.
Argentina did not participate in the 1950 World Cup and he was deemed ineligible for the 1954 World Cup after having played for both Argentina and Colombia.
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