Just like the World Cup itself, the qualifying round for the World Cup is also very difficult to play and there are many teams who fail to qualify for the world cup every time, this can also include some big teams like this year in 2018 World Cup teams like Italy and Netherlands who were are champions not so long ago were not able to qualify for the tournament. For this reason, we also miss some of the great players who are playing in these teams and despite being good players they will not be taking a part in the world cup and that will be very disappointed. We have made a list for you in which we have gathered 10 top players who will be missed in the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Top 10 Players Who Will Miss The World Cup 2018
As you probably know by now Alexis is a pretty nifty footballer and a talented man on the international stage. His chile team tore apart Spain in the last world cup, having back to back Copa Americas and also winning player of the tournament in 2016. He will not be able to play the world cup this year because of the loss of his team to Peru. Unfortunately, his talented footballer has to watch world cup from his home.
9- Antonio Valencia
One player who has almost certainly played in his last world cup already is Antonio Valencia. After losing each of their final qualifiers Equador fell out of contender for Russia and their captain will be particularly missed. The Manchester United veteran returned to his form in the last 2 years, but he is getting no younger, he will be close to 37 years when the Qatar world cup comes on. With 92 caps he is by far the most experienced player in his national team and has been let down by the young team around him.
8- Jan Oblak
One man who will definitely miss out is Athletico Madrid shoot stopper Jan Oblak, despite being in the worlds elite group of keepers Oblak is part of the Slovenia side who incapable of beating Scotland in their qualifiers and so even if they had made it to Russia, they probably would not deserve to be there. He has played in 79 league games while shutting out the opposition on 50 occasions. Russia will be missing out some serious reflexes during the world cup without Jan Oblak.
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7- Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk nearly became the worlds most expensive defender in the last transfer. While he tries to escape from South Hampton again next summer he can keep himself amused by watching the world cup. He did not earn his national cap until he was 24, despite his improved form in the last 2 qualifiers it was not enough to see his time for the world cup in Russia.
6- Marek Hamsik
Slovakia’s midfielder Marek Hamsik is probably one of Europe’s most underrated player and at the age of 30 will be mightly disappointed to miss out the opportunity to play in the world cup 2018. The last time he took part in the world cup he was only 22 and he was the captain of his side in the famous 3-2 victory against the former world champions Italy. Since their Slovakian Hamsik has become a legend in Napoli making more appearances for the club than anyone else. Unfortunately, he will be miss out the 2018 world cup.
5- Christian Pulisic
Christian Mate Pulisic is only 19 and had already played 65 matches for Borussia Dortmund and already has nine international goals. Needless to say that he is the most talented footballer ever to come out of United States, but unfortunately his team had the worst qualification campaign since the 1980s and he will miss the world cup along with his team.
4- David Alaba
Like Pulisic Austrian maestro David Alaba is still waiting to feature in his first world cup, but unlike the American, he will be 26 next summer and he is approaching his prime. He has already won 6 Bundesliga 4 DFB-Pokal and one champions League Trophy with Bayern Munich. It’s a shame that we will not be seeing him until he is at least 30, although judging by his national team efforts he may never make it.
3- Arjen Robben
We have pretty fantastic players on this list already but Arjen Robben is our first downright legend, he is the finest Dutch player of the 21st century. The Netherland’s legend has given the fans some memorable moments over the years, and a fantastic record of 37 goals and 29 assists in 96 appearances, including 6 strikes at the world cup. After his side were not able to qualify for two times in a row he has finally decided to retire from the international stage.
2- Gareth Bale
Just 15 months ago Wales fought a footballing fairytale to beat much fancy Belgium side to reach semifinals of the European championship, the first international tournament in 58 years. But after that, it was downhill for Bale as he was faced by injuries over the summer and also missed a lot of matches for his club and was not able to play in qualifiers for his team if he would have been there for his team the story would be a lot different. He will be 32 years old near the Qatar World Cup and by then who knows what state his legs are gonna be in.
1- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
A man who has been terrorizing Europe’s goalkeepers for some years now Pierre no doubt deserves some world cup action. But let’s not start feeling sorry for the Gabonese’s man because he has himself to blame. Because unlike bale he refused to play for his national team in August in a qualifier against Ivory Coast and they lost to 3-0.