FIFA World Cup 2022: Best Players to Miss the Tournament

Thu 18 August 2022 | 15:30

Some nations have qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2022, and the teams are prepared for some national action in Qatar, but unfortunately, some players will miss the event. Welcome to FIFA World Cup 2022: Best Players to Miss the Tournament.

The World Cup is a global exhibition of the top footballers in the world, and Qatar 2022 is expected to present a special challenge for all participants.

After FIFA insisted on moving the competition to the Middle East, the spectacle of a winter tournament has drawn enormous attention, with the demands it places on European domestic seasons causing controversy.

Despite the attention on the countries and athletes on display in Qatar, some well-known athletes will be absent because they could not earn a spot on their national teams.

Due to their national teams' failure to advance to the final 32 and not making it to the

World Cup draw

, players like Mo Salah,

Erling Haaland

, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Jan Oblak, and Riyad Mahrez will not be competing in the inaugural winter world cup. Many more impressive individuals will miss out on this quadrennial event.

The top list of FIFA World Cup 2022: Best Players to Miss the Tournament

Unfortunately, some footballing giants who are in top form for their clubs and have guided their sides to the knockout stages of league competitions will be missed by football fans around the world. Let's look at the

FIFA World Cup 2022: Best Players to Miss the Tournament


Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)

First on the list of FIFA World Cup 2022: Best Players to Miss the Tournament is the talented Italian Goalkeeper.

Unexpectedly, the winner of the Euro 2020 competition and the competition's player of the year won't be at this year's World Cup. Donnarumma, who committed to a five-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) from AC Milan on June 16, 2021, will not participate in this intriguing competition.

After Italy's national team and club both won titles in Europe, the first-choice Goalkeeper is not particularly pleased.

Aleksandar Trajkovski's late-winning goal was allowed to go in, and


was criticized for his inability to stop it, but we all know it's a team game, not an individual one. According to the plot, he is one of the

best players not in World Cup

and will have to wait until at least 2026 if he wants to emulate Gianluigi Buffon and win the World Cup.

Jan Oblak (Slovenia)

Despite being one of the top goalkeepers in the world right now, Oblak, the Atletico captain, has never participated in a world cup and is also on the

FIFA World Cup 2022: Best Players to Miss the Tournament

list. Slovenia failed to advance to the playoffs after placing fourth in the European portion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying.

Simeone has made Jan Oblak his first choice who had a crucial role in Atletico de Madrid's La Liga victory in 2020/21. The fact that his supporters won't get to watch him play in a World Cup is disappointing.

Luis Diaz (Colombia)

The failure of Colombia to qualify for the upcoming winter world cup means that another Liverpool rising star will be one of the best players not in World Cup.

Colombia will not be attending the FIFA event in Qatar despite having advanced past the group stages in the previous two competitions. In the CONMEBOL qualification round, they placed sixth. They were just one point out of a playoff spot for an international qualification match against either Australia or the UAE.

After joining Liverpool from Porto in January of last season and integrating into the Premier League team's front three, Luis Diaz's club career is still on the rise.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)

After making a high-profile exit from Arsenal in 2022 and joining Barcelona on a free transfer, Aubameyang made headlines.

Former Arsenal striker signed a free contract with FC Barcelona in February of this year, and it was recently confirmed that the agreement has a €100 million buyout clause. Aubameyang scored twice in the qualifier, but Egypt was still capable of securing a spot in the CAF playoff round. Gabon won't be competing in this world championship.

Aubameyang is on fire for Barcelona FC; he scored twice in his El Clasico debut. This helped Barcelona defeat Real Madrid by a score of 4-0. But at the end of the day, he lost the biggest event of the ear and is now on the FIFA World Cup 2022: Best Players to Miss the Tournament list.

Marco Verratti (Italy)

The FIFA World Cup 2022: Best Players to Miss the Tournament list also features Verratti. Despite being one of best players of his club and country, Verratti attended just one World Cup, the 2014 edition. Italy dropped out in 2018 and lost its chance to be in the World Cup draw and will not compete in Qatar due to their shocking loss to

North Macedonia


North Macedonia shockingly eliminated his squad from the playoff round. The Italian is already in his 30s but won't play in the world cup until 2026.

Ryad Mahrez (Algeria)

The star player for Manchester City won't be in the world cup either. The second leg ended in defeat for Algeria as they lost 2-1 in Blida, missing out on World Cup qualification based on away goals. Mahrez, who represented North Africa at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as a rising star, will try to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

Mahrez has a lot of experience playing on a huge platform for

Manchester City

in club football, but he won't be at the World Cup because Algeria didn't make it. Algeria was eliminated after losing 2-1 in the second leg during extra time, despite winning the first leg 1-0 against Cameroon.

The top scorer for


will have to wait until after the next World Cup. He's been in excellent form while at Man City, and Mahrez is once again looking forward to winning the Premier League.

Jorginho (Italy)

Italy will miss the World Cup for the second time after being destroyed by North Macedonia in the World Cup European playoffs. The fact that Italy did not make the World Cup in Qatar barely eight months after winning the European Championship is a story that most Italians find hard to accept.

The midfield of Chelsea was ranked third in the latest Ballon d'Or rankings. The 30-year-old was unable to guide Italy to the title, though. The men under


were not at their best. Jorginho missed two penalty kicks in the qualifying playoff match, which allowed North Macedonia to advance thanks to a goal in the last seconds.

David Alaba (Austria)

Austria earned 16 points out of a possible 30 to position fourth in group F and secure a spot in the Playoff semifinals. Gareth Bale, an Austrian clubmate, ended the Austrian's hopes of leading his country at the 2022 World Cup by scoring two jaw-dropping goals to guarantee Wales' place in the tournament.

These two goals put


on our list of

FIFA World Cup 2022: Best Players to Miss the Tournament


Unfortunately, Alaba and the team could not secure a spot in the FIFA world cup after 24 years. Before the commencement of the World Cup, the Madridista won the UEFA Champions League trophy.

Erling Haaland (Norway)

Due to Haaland's national team's failure to qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, the fourth-highest scorer in the Bundesliga during seasons 21–22 and the most popular player on the transfer market this season will be one of the best players not in World Cup. The 21-year-old was not present when his country, Norway, was defeated by



The young man, who was all set to score for his homeland while donning his national colors, was taken aback. Haaland has been among the top football players for quite some time, but the Norwegian is now on the FIFA World Cup 2022: Best Players to Miss the Tournament list.

Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

The last man on the list of FIFA World Cup 2022: Best Players to Miss the Tournament Is the most anticipated one, but unfortunately, we don't get to see him at the event.

Sadly, the 2018 Ballon d'Or candidate and Egyptian King, who saved Egypt's World Cup from elimination by scoring the last-second penalty and leading Egypt to victory, was unable to travel to Qatar this year. He failed to convert on a penalty against Senegal, costing him and his group not to make it to the World Cup draw and a world championship.

With 31 goals last season in all competitions, the Liverpool star has always been on a scoring spree.


added his name to the list of renowned players who will not participate in the year's grand finale by being upset that laser light rays from handheld devices in the audience were pointed at him during his last penalty.

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