World Cup 2022
Qatar 2022: The 10 stars who will miss the World Cup
Published on November 5, 2022 at 1:50 p.m.
As with each edition of the World Cup, some stars, belonging to less experienced football nations, or whose selection is experiencing a generational low, will be missing at the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the season. ‘year. Le10sport.com lists the ten biggest fish to miss the deep end of international football.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Sweden
Eliminated with Sweden during the play-offs, when he returned to the selection to play his last major international competition, the Swedish warrior, still active and performing at 40 years old – when he plays – in the jersey of AC Milan, remains one of the great superstars of international football. Certainly, his presence at the forefront of the Swedish attack would have added spice to the first round matches, especially as he would have necessarily crowned his presence with some high class gestures. And who knows? Well prepared for the deadline, Zlatan could have carried Sweden far in the competition if the stars aligned well. Of all this, therefore, there will be nothing. On the one hand, because Sweden did not qualify, on the other hand, because he unfortunately injured his knee.
Erling Haaland – Norway
The new phenomenon of world football, who has just signed for Manchester City, will also be greatly missed at the World Cup in Qatar. His bulldozing power, coupled with his excellent attacking technique, his overpowered strike and his exceptional sense of goal would certainly have marked the spirits during this World Cup. With Kylian Mbappe, the duel from a distance would have been magnificent. But Haaland has only one weak point, he is not in a strong enough team to be guaranteed to play in the World Cup every time.
Mohamed Salah – Egypt
The Egyptian winger from Liverpool will also be one of the big absentees from this World Cup in Qatar. Offensive star of Liverpool, finalist of the last Champions League, Salah would also have deserved to evolve under the lights of the World Cup. Even if he is less twirling than a few years ago, the striker remains among the safe bets in world football.
Marco Verratti – Italy
Barely crowned with its title of European champion, the Italian selection falls as quickly by missing out on qualification for the World Cup. For transalpine football, which seemed to get its head above water for good, this sounds like a terrible setback. Individually, it is also very hard for Marco Verratti, who at almost 30 years old, sees one of his last chances to achieve a great World Cup go by. Which, given his immense talent, appears to be a real injustice.
Gianluigi Donnarumma – Italy
In the same spirit as his PSG teammate Marco Verratti, Gianluigi Donnarumma should of course also be at the World Cup. But, unlike the midfielder, he is still very young and will certainly have other opportunities to play it to win it.
Riyad Mahrez – Algeria
Another caliber player from a top world club, Riyad Mahrez will also miss the World Cup in Qatar. The Algerian international winger, who remains a key element of Guardiola’s team, could certainly have weighed on the competition if he had had the opportunity to play it.
Franck Kessié – Ivory Coast, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Gabon, David Alaba – Austria, Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Armenia
Finally, here are four other players, whose status is certainly slightly lower than the first six, but who can also legitimately be considered to be among the major absentees from this World Cup in Qatar: Franck Kessié, the new axial rock of FC Barcelona in the middle , Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who revived Barça’s attack in the second half of the season last year, David Alaba, indisputable holder at Real Madrid and Henrikh Mkhytarian, who shone with AS Roma and who has just sign at Inter, will all miss the 2022 World Cup.