10 Football Greats Who Never Got Their Hands on The World Cup

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Lionel Messi (Argentina):-

Raised in Central Argentina, He is known as one of the Best Football Players in the World. He plays for the Spanish Club FC Barcelona and Argentina National Team. He has won five FIFA Ballon d’Or, four of which was won consecutively. He is both a prolific goalscorer and a visionary playmaker. He holds the record for the most goals scored by an individual player in the calendar year.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal):-

Cristiano Ronaldo - Football Greats Who Never Got Their Hands on The World Cup

Born on 5th February 1985 in Madeira, Portugal, He is one of the Best Football Player in the World. He plays for the Spanish Club Real Madrid FC and Portugal National Team. He has won record-tying five FIFA Ballon d’Or and led Portugal to a memorable victory in the 2016 Euro Cup. He is the Highest Paid Football Player in the World (Net Worth is an estimated $400 million).

David Beckham (England):-

David Beckham - Football Greats Who Never Got Their Hands on The World Cup

Also known as DB7, Golden Balls David Beckham has been one of the most popular players of his era. He has been breaking hearts on and off the field by his game and looks respectively. David Beckham has won a number of trophies throughout his career but unfortunately, never has he got his hand on The World Cup.

Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden):-

Zlatan Ibrahimović - Football Greats Who Never Got Their Hands on The World Cup

Swedish professional footballer who plays as a forward for LA Galaxy has had it all in his ongoing career except The World Cup, his team could not even qualify in 2010 and 2014 world cup although he had been part of 2002 and 2006 squad but the team could not make it to top 16. Zlatan has been known for his notorious behavior and skills, He is currently the third-most decorated active footballer in the world, having won 32 trophies in his career.

Zico (Brazil):-

Zico - Football Greats Who Never Got Their Hands on The World Cup

Arthur Antunes Coimbra, better known as Zico or “White Pele”, was one of the best playmaker and free kick specialist the game has seen till date. He was known for his passing skills and clinical finishes, Arguably the world’s best player of the late 1970s and early 80s could not help his team lift The World Cup trophy.

Oliver Kahn (Germany):-

Oliver Kahn - Football Greats Who Never Got Their Hands on The World Cup

Regarded as the best Goalkeeper by many sports enthusiasts, Kahn was the only Goalkeeper to have won Golden Ball in 2002 where he led his team to the finals but couldn’t lift the World Cup as the fate was on the side of Brazil, who defeated Germany by 2-0 and ending their world cup streak.

Michel Platini (Italy):-

Michel Platini - Football Greats Who Never Got Their Hands on The World Cup

UEFA’s Current President Michel Platini has played 3 World Cup from (‘78-’86), but farthest he could take his team was till semi’s. The semifinals of 1982 where France met West Germany is still considered to be one of the great matches in the history of the tournament. He has also won Ballon d’Or three times and was voted sixth in  “FIFA Player of the Century”.

Michael Ballack (Germany):-

Michael Ballack - Football Greats Who Never Got Their Hands on The World Cup

The former German captain is among the top goal scorers in the history of the country’s national team. But never could he make Germany win The World Cup in his Captaincy, Ballack wore the number 13 shirt for every team he has played for. He has won the German Footballer of the Year award three times – in 2002, 2003 and 2005. Ballack was known for his passing range, powerful shot, physical strength and commanding presence in midfield.

Luís Figo (Portugal):-

Luís Figo - Football Greats Who Never Got Their Hands on The World Cup

He is widely considered to be the greatest players of his generation but could never find World Cup success. Another Portuguese in the list, Figo participated in 2 World Cups and took his country to the semifinals in 2006 but lost the match.

Paolo Maldini (Italy):-

Paolo Maldini - Football Greats Who Never Got Their Hands on The World Cup

Maldini was a former professional footballer who played as a left-back and central defender for A.C. Milan and the Italy national team. He won 25 trophies with Milan while in the squad but wasn’t lucky enough to hold footballs most prestigious trophy, Closest he could get to the World Cup was in 1994 when he played finals for Italy.