Top 10 players never to win World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will be 37 and 35 respectively when next World Cup comes along in 2022
Faces of outright dejection: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi look dejected after their respective Round of 16 matches. (Getty Images)
London, June 30, 2018 (AltAfrica)-They are the two best football players in the world. Not just now, but for a while.
Between then is a record 10 FIFA Ballon d’Or awards: 5 a piece .This is aside countless of record breaking in football history-Yet one most important trophy, world cup trophy is missing in their rich collections
Messi’s Argentina were beaten 4-3 by France in the last 16 in Kazan, and having prematurely retired from international football in 2016, this is likely to be the 31-year-old’s last World Cup appearance.
The closest he came to lifting the World Cup came in 2014, an extra-time defeat by Germany in Brazil, but Messi is in good company.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s Portugal were beaten 2-1 by Uruguay in a pulsating clash in Sochi, and he’ll be 37 by the time Qatar 2022 comes along
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo exited the World Cup on the same day, Skysports look at the top 10 players never to win the biggest international prize.
Some of the world’s all-time greatest players failed to win the World Cup, and here, we list the best of them.
Italian legend Maldini won Serie A seven times and the Champions League five times, but his international trophy cabinet is empty. Maldini was part of the 2002 side embarrassed in South Korea, going out at the group stage, and he was also part of the Italy side who lost on penalties against Brazil in 1994.
Though his swagger as a player and ideas as a coach had such an influence on the world game, Dutch legend Cruyff also fell just short in the biggest competition of them all. Cruyff won player of the tournament in 1974, but his Netherlands side lost 2-1 against hosts West Germany in the final.
Platini captained France to success in the European Championship on home soil in 1984, but his record in the World Cup was less impressive. In 1978 France didn’t get past the group stage, before losing in the semi-finals against West Germany in 1982 and 1986.
Eusebio won the Golden Boot in 1966, scoring nine goals, but he would have swapped that for a team title as Portugal exited against England in the last four. He was also part of qualification for 1962 and 1970, but Portugal failed to reach the finals again until 1986.
Hungary’s most famous footballer led his nation to the final of the 1954 World Cup, where he was named the tournament’s best player, but eventually fell short against West Germany. He then played for Spain at the 1962 World Cup having taken nationality, but they crashed out in the group stage in Chile
Part of England’s golden generation in 2006, Rooney was infamously sent off in the quarter-final against Portugal as Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men failed to live up to huge expectation. He bemoaned fans in 2010 in South Africa as England went out in the last 16, and his last appearance came in 2014 in Brazil, where his side’s hopes were over in six days.
Raul’s three World Cup appearances in 1998, 2002 and 2006 were forgettable, with Spain failing to get past the last eight. Raul was controversially left out of Spain’s Euro 2008-winning squad, before La Roja went on to rule the world..