The famous players to miss the 2022 World Cup

Surely, we know the 2022 World Cup is only a few months away and football fans are counting down to it. This exciting soccer event will see the world's best national teams battle it out on the biggest stage for the hugely prestigious title. On that note, let's take a look at the Top 5 top players in the world that will not compete in the 2022 World Cup.

1. Erling Haaland (Norway)


The new Man city star, Erling Haaland is one of the best players in the world right now and he is only 21 years old. He already has a huge fan following thanks to his incredible goal-scoring ability. Surely after a fruitful period of work with Borussia Dortmund, Haaland has now created a deal with a sizable sum of money to move to the reigning Premier League champions - Manchester City.

For now, Haaland could not bring the Norwegian team to the final round of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year. The young striker scored 5 goals in the qualifying stage, but the Nordic side was still behind the Netherlands and Turkey in Group G and could not make it to the Play-offs.

2. Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

Few years ago, it was Mohamed Salah's last-minute goal against Congo from the penalty spot that sent Egypt to the 2018 World Cup. Unfortunately, the Liverpool legend failed to inspire his national team. qualifying for the World Cup this time, when Egypt lost to Senegal 1-3 on penalties in the final match of the Africa Regional Qualifiers.

And of course it is quite sad that one of the best players in the world will not be playing in the 2022 World Cup. Salah is not only one of the best strikers when playing in Europe but also one of the superstars. of the current world. He scored 31 goals and provided 16 assists in 51 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool last season.

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3. Marco Verratti (Italy)

Marco Verratti is one of the best midfielders of his generation. The Italian is a technically gifted player in the mold of earlier greats like Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Verratti was excellent at recovering the ball from midfield and orchestrating his team's play.

In this list, Verratti represents a series of extremely talented players of Italian football who will not be able to participate in the 2022 World Cup. The Azzurri when the team was crowned European champions in the summer of 2021 was already lost to North Macedonia in the Play-off match. North Macedonia scored the winning goal in that match and it looked so brutal it created a tragedy for the Italian players and their fans.

4. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)

City star, Riyad Mahrez is one of the best strikers in the Premier League for the 2021-22 season. The Algeria international is technically sophisticated and is as unpredictable and elusive as any winger we've seen in recent times.

Unfortunately, fans won't get to witness the miracles that can emerge from Mahrez at the 2022 World Cup. Algeria suffered a 1-2 defeat to Cameroon in the second leg of the Play-off round and was eliminated. Disqualified due to away goals rule (2-2 total). It was a defeat decided in injury time from Karl Toko Ekambi that caused Algeria to miss a flight to Qatar.

5. David Alaba (Austria)

Don't forget that David Alaba has had an extremely successful career at the club level. He joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2021 after a brilliant spell at Bayern Munich. Alaba won La Liga and Champions League titles in his first season with Los Blancos. However, luck was not so good for Alaba at the national team level.

However, the Austrian has never competed in a World Cup and he will have to wait another 4 years to try his luck again. Austria reached the semi-finals of the Play-off this time around but lost to Wales 1-2. And again Alaba is arguably the greatest Austrian player of all time, and it is a pity that he could end his career without playing in the World Cup.