The World Cup is the showcase of the immortals in the world of professional football, but not everyone gets to shine bright on the world stage…. just ask Lionel Messi ?.
Still, there are some world-class talents, who sadly never got the opportunity to showcase their skills on the global stage. Probably a blessing in disguise for some, as they can just hide behind their club success.
Here are eight of the biggest names to have never played at the tournament…
Is there a greater human on planet Earth? Nope, there really isn't. The Frenchman has a resentment towards his national team due to the way he was treated, as the ex-Man United man lost his place to Zinedine Zidane and never managed to appear for France in a World Cup. Funny old game. Source: Football Factz
Weah was utterly phenomenal on his day, and it's a great shame that the forward never made it to the big stage. The now 50-year-old came close on a number of occasions with his precious Liberia, however it was not to be and we are forever left wondering 'what if'. Source: Eat My Goal
Alfredo Di Stefano
The greatest. Simply put. Di Stefano did have a relatively successful career for Spain and actually played a pivotal role in helping them qualify for the 1962 edition of the tournament, but a muscular injury just before it was scheduled to begin robbed the world of the chance to see him. Source: Just Good Vibe
Ian Rush was a truly wonderful striker and he carried that form over into his international stint with Wales. Despite scoring some vital goals for his country, Rush wasn't able to guide the hapless Welsh to a tournament on the world stage. Source: The Source
The beautiful (yes I said it) Frenchman dazzled the world of football throughout his career, but he never featured that prominently for his country. In fact, he was blamed for their failure to qualify for the 1994 World Cup due to an error in France's final qualifying game. Source: 20 Minutes
Duncan Edwards was one of the victims of the Munich air disaster back in 1958, and it was widely believed that if he had lived, the then 21-year-old would've gone on to become one of the greatest English footballers of all-time. A great shame. Source: Arjyomitra 94
Despite the Welshman's status as a great player, there is no doubt that it's a shame Giggsy never got to play at World Cup. Once again with Wales, he was a part of a long period of failure with the nation and thus never really came close to living that dream. Source: News Images
Best is one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game. The things he could do with a ball at his feet were truly breathtaking, and it is an absolute crime against the game that we never got to see this brilliant man work his magic at the FIFA World Cup. Source: Daily Mail