List of Star Players Who Have never played a FIFA World Cup Match

List of Star Players Who Have never played a FIFA World Cup Match
List of Star Players Who Have never played a FIFA World Cup Match

FIFA World Cup since its inception has been one of the most popular tournaments not only in the World Football but also in all other sports formats.

It is always a great moment for any football player to mark a presence in this prestigious affair, which is enjoyed by millions of spectators all across the world.

We have witnessed world-class legendary players emerge out of the World Cup event from the top-class teams which we still remember for their heroic achievements on the football field.

However, there have been many star players who have shown spectacular performance for their clubs and countries but couldn’t make it to the football’s greatest stage.

List of Star Players Who Have never played a FIFA World Cup Match

So here we take a look at Star Players who have never played a FIFA World Cup Match.

Gareth Bale

This star football player representing La Liga club Real Madrid and Wales National Team holds impeccable records of being one of the best and greatest welsh players of all time.

At the young age of 16, Gareth Bale began his football career playing for Southampton. From 2007 to 2022 Bale played for Tottenham and the Real Madrid club scored 146 and 176 goals, which are still remembered by his fans as glorious years.

Vinicus Jr

Vinicus Jr popularly famous as Vini Jr is the most valuable Brazilian Soccer player. We all know Vini playing as a Winger for the Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil National team.

He showed his dominance in Real Madrid Squad after clinching the 2021-22 La Liga title and also scoring a winning goal for Real Madrid 2022 UEFA Champions League Final.

The year 2017 is termed as one of the best events for Vini Je where he single-handedly managed to win the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup for his team Brazil.

Lautaro Martinez

This 24-year-old Argentine player is currently playing for the Italian club and is worth the most valuable striker for the club. Even though Argentina has a crucial set of matches in the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the team has to play without the powerful Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

Lautaro Martinez in the past was unable to participate in the major international football matches mainly due to fitness concerns.

Alphonso Davies

This Canadian and Bayern Munich star Football player Alphonso Davies missed Canada’s victory over the United States Men’s National team and this led him not to feature in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier round against El Salvador.

He has been a pivotal figure in the Canadian side scoring important goals and it came to shocking news for Alphonso fans where at this crucial stage he was contracted with Covid 19.

Christopher Nkunku

The defending champions Spain will be one among the favorites for the upcoming 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup event. Deschamps the manager of the France football team has earlier this month picked his latest squad for the FIFA World Cup match.

However, all eyes are set on the Christopher Nkunku a Leipzig club midfielder and forward attacking player, who for the first time found a spot in the squad. He as a player has attracted the attention of several top football clubs by scoring 35 goals and remaining as an assist in 20 encounters in 51 matches for Leipzig.

Federico Valverde

This 21-year-old midfielder holds a strong reputation as a senior player for Real Madrid possessing the great qualities of speed and aggressiveness. He as a central midfielder or a right-winger made his debut in international football for the Spanish club Real Madrid and the Uruguay National team.

After receiving the Silver Ball at the FIFA U-20 World Cup for Uruguay, he garnered a lot of attention from senior players and club members.

Phil Foden

Phil Foden has not played a single FIFA World Cup championship in his football career. This time also the Manchester City star is expected to miss the important event for another three to four weeks due to recovery from a foot injury.

Foden holds a huge fan following in Russia especially after clinching the U-19 World Cup hosted in India. He was determined to play a starring role for England at the upcoming 2022 Qatar World Cup, but this time also it seems impossible for him to mark his presence at this crucial stage.


Pedri Gonzalez Lopez is a renowned football player from Spain who has so far showcased his talent on the field as a central midfielder for La Liga Club Barcelona and Spain International Team.

He has featured in Euro 2020, and Summer Olympics for team Spain, but never got a chance to represent his team in the FIFA World Cup tournament. It will be interesting to watch whether this time he will be able to spell his midfield magic for his team at this major soccer event.

Christian Pulisic

This Spaniard star football player made 23 appearances for the blues in five different competitions. So far Christian Pulisic had represented his country United States both at the U-15 as well as U-17 levels. It was at the 2015 U-17 World Cup, that Christain remained captain for his team scoring a goal and also assisting his team in three major games.

Pulisic is known among his fans as a speedy winger who is not afraid of his opponents mostly of his skillful moves and bagging scoring opportunities.

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