Many star footballers did not make it to FIFA Football World Cup 2022, due to injuries or their country not qualifying for the World Cup. Fans will miss seeing these stars in the world cup.
1. Mohamed Salah
In Qatar, the Egyptian icon and Adidas Global athlete will not showcase his talent. Egypt did not qualify for the tournament after losing to Senegal in penalties. Last season, Salah was the best goal-scorer and playmaker in the Premier League. He won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup as well. His absence from the World Cup 2022 will be the most talked about.
2. Erling Haaland
The Norwegian superstar and the current top scorer in the Premier League is already a leading figure in English football. After signing for Manchester City, he has netted 18 goals and three assists in 13 matches for his club. He is also en route to breaking Liverpool's Mohamed Salah's record of 32 goals in a single season. His team failed to qualify for the World Cup.
3. Sergio Ramos
Many neutrals may find it shocking that a player with 180 caps was excluded from the squad. However, Luis Enrique has made the decision. It was decided that Spain would stick with its tried and tested team of Eric Garcia, Pau Torres, and Aymeric Laporte. They were all part of the team that led Spain to the semi-finals of Euro 2020.
4. N’Golo Kante
The midfielder Dynamo, who won the World Cup in 2018 with his native France, will be missed by his national team. Kante has also won the titles like Premier League and Champions League. Les Blues' bid to retain the World Cup would have been made significantly more impactful with his presence and energy, and he will be missed greatly.
5. Diogo Jota
In the Qatar World Cup, the Liverpool and Portugal forward is a big name missing. Jota's absence is a major blow to Fernando Santos’ men as he scored ten goals in 29 Portugal appearances, and formed a fearsome forward line with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, and Bruno Fernandes. On 16th October, Liverpool's star was stretchered off after sustaining a serious calf injury against Manchester City.