The FIFA World Cup is the greatest celebration of football in history. In one month, all the emotions of the game are felt across the world as the colourful exhibition of culture from every corner of the world gives way to a clash of styles and talents for the players. It’s the greatest opportunity to represent your country and cement your legacy in a sport that easily forgets the names of its heroes. But as much as the tournament brings joy to everyone involved, there are some players.
7 Unluckiest Players
To whom the mention of the World Cup evokes not only memories of apathy, but of regret and pain, even if their country wins it. So without Much Ado, here are the unluckiest players in the history of the World Cup
Laurent Koscielny in 2018. Many felt that France didn’t go into the tournament with their ideal centre back pairing. Laurent Koscielny and Raphael Varane have formed a partnership at the time that could only be realistically rivalled by Ramos and.
PK of the two, Koscielny was the more experienced one, so if the coach wanted to do a little bit of tinkering, it was usually varan who gave way. For others like Umtiti and Kim pembe. In view of this, Koscielny’s place in the national team seemed as assured as ever. But in early May of 2018, tragedy struck. Barely 10 minutes into a Europa League semi final game against Atletico Madrid, he was stretchered off after going down unchallenged.
He had ruptured his Achilles tendon and was no longer in the running for the World Cup. The news quickly moved on from him as the media began to focus on the team Didier Deschamp would assemble in his absence. On the outside, things didn’t seem that bad, but psychologically the whole injury and the timing of it kept eating at him. He even went on record to say that seeing the team lift the trophy without him was hard to accept and part of him wished that Croatia had beaten. France
Marco Reus in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Royce made five goals and three assists in the six matches that he played in Germany’s qualifying campaign. Just a week before the tournament, he suffered a ligament tear in his left ankle during A 6-1 pre World Cup friendly win over Armenia and had to be replaced in the 23 man squad by Scrodum Mustafi. He watched from home as Germany annihilated Brazil in the semis.
Before his childhood friend Mario Götze scored the winner in the finals against Argentina Ouch in the celebrations, Mustafi held up a jersey with Royce’s number at the back paying homage to his contributions on their path to glory. We doubt if that was enough to quell the disappointment he must have felt for missing out
Santi Cazorla, the two footed magician was part of Spain’s golden generation that lifted 3 titles between 2008 and 2012.
Everyone knew how good he was and how crucial he could be if Spain were to win the World Cup in 2010. If they hadn’t won, many fans would have attributed it to his absence from the squad due to a hernia. Spain ended up lifting the trophy and not being part of that is still at the back of my mind, he recalled. He tried everything to make sure he was fit for the World Cup, ignoring doctors advice to have the hernia removed, but it worsened and he eventually had to go for the surgery 3 months before the tournament.
Kicked off 4 years later, he finally got his chance. But Spain was abysmal in 2014 and fell to the Champions curse, finishing third in their group and leaving the tournament early. I bet he wished he’d missed that one too
Christian Vieri many fans will not remember the beastly Vieri back in the early 2000s. He was as stout as Romelu Lukaku and every bit as strong. By 2006 he was Italy’s joint top scorer in the World Cup with 9. Goals across the 98 and 2002 editions is truly sad that he didn’t get the chance to increase that tally in 2006 after he suffered a serious knee injury with as Monaco. He was so distraught he couldn’t watch any of Italy’s games. After he retired. He admitted that missing Italy’s victorious World Cup campaign in 2006 was the biggest disappointment of his career.
Lionel Messi. Many people don’t realise how unlucky Lionel Messi has been on the international stage.
As a young prodigy who moved to Spain with his family, he had many offers to join La Roja. Ultimately he decided to stick to his native country and Spain begrudgingly moved on. Fast forward to 2010 and Spain were winning the World Cup with his Barcelona teammates. He had achieved so much success at club level with them and you could imagine how much more they would have won if he had joined them for Spain. For Argentina he had to single handedly drag them through the group stages of the World Cup.
And in 2014, they stumbled to the finals against Germany. Messi watched as his team mates missed chance after chance until the Germans struck in stoppage time to clinch the title in Rio in 2018. There was more pain to follow for Argentina and we’re beginning to wonder if Messi can truly fulfil his destiny and match his idol. Diego Maradona
Eric Cantona, even though Cantona is widely known for his brash character in his heydays, the Frenchman. Was a true gem on the page, but his infamous attack on a fan during a game against Crystal Palace led to France stripping him of the captaincy and dropping him entirely. After coming back from his ban in the English Premier League, he led his club to a league and cup double, earning the Football Writers Player of the Year. Yet he still remained in the cold for France, who went on to win the Euros without him. Seeing that his situation might not change, he retired from international football before France hosted and.
Won the World Cup in 1998. His loss was someone else’s gain as a young Zinedine Zidane stepped into his role and became the new Talisman of the French team as they lifted the trophy for the first time
George Weah just like Messi, George Way’s career was accompanied by a big what if? Arguably the greatest African player to grace the field. He’s impact for his national team vary greatly from his club’s success. Playing for Liberia meant that.
He was the only footballer in his country who was playing at a truly high level. Other African teams like Nigeria and Cameroon have many more world class players in comparison. This meant that Liberia could never beat them for a chance to qualify for the World Cup. Imagine if he had played in a different team like Abedi Pele’s Garner or kanu’s Nigeria