This year's FIFA world cup has already come out with its' draws and tables have been announced. There are only 159 days left for the marvelous tournament to arrive in its full glory in Qatar. Though the football fans will get ample opportunities to watch their favorite footballing stars on the biggest sporting stage there is, the fans would be disappointed because many stars would be missing in action. These major high-profile players won't be making their appearance simply because the country they belonged to did not make it to the World Cup.
Who are these players, and why won't they be able to be part of this biggest football over November and December this year. Let's get to know who these players are, and the reason behind their absence from the coming up World Cup.
Mohamed Salah (EGYPT)
The Egyptian superstar is easily one of the biggest players in the sport right now, but due to Egypt's disappointing loss against Senegal in the African qualifiers in the penalties, failed to qualify for the showpiece event in Qatar. The game went to a penalty shootout. Senegal emerged victorious with a score of 3-1. Salah was one of the players to miss his spot-kick.
Erling Haaland (NORWAY)
The Borussia Dortmund star exploited the club games with amazing style, but last November as Norway lost to the Netherlands in their final qualifying match and finished third in the group, couldn't get into the World Cup tables.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWEDEN)
Ibrahimovic came out of international retirement in early 2021 with the purpose of playing on the European Championship. He is considered to have ignored his injuries in the past and this time too during play-offs he did just that, but sadly he could not assist Sweden enough in qualifying for the World Cup. He was brought on for the very last 10 mins of the playoff final defeat (2-0) to Poland, but could not make much of an impression.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (ITALY)
An error from Donnarumma helped Real Madrid remove PSG from the Champions League and the 23-year-old keeper additionally drew masses of criticism for North Macedonia's late goal that proved to be the final reason for Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup for a second straight time. Jorginho, third in the voting for the world player of the year, is likewise another prominent Italian footballer who'll be absent.
Luis Diaz (COLOMBIA)
The 25-year-old Liverpool winger has taken over from James Rodriguez as the standout for Colombia and was tied with Lionel Messi as the top scorer in the Copa America last year. He couldn't inspire his team to qualify for the World Cup, though, with Colombia finishing in a lowly sixth place in South American qualifiers.
Riyad Mahrez (ALGERIA)
Mahrez, a former African player of the year, become a part of the Algerian team that conceded in the fourth minute of stoppage time against Cameroon to miss out on qualification. The Manchester City winger will have to wait at least 4 years for another appearance on the World Cup.
Jan Oblak (SLOVENIA)
The goalkeeper is taken into consideration as one of the high-quality in the world right now. He performed a vital role in Atletico Madrid’s title triumph in the last season of UEFA, however, has failed to re-capture his shape this campaign. This was evident in Slovenia’s qualifying campaign.
Jan Oblak has never performed in a World Cup and also will pass over this year’s edition too. His native country Slovenia finished fourth in their group. Slovenia hasn’t qualified for the competition since 2010.
Jorginho is the mainstay in Italy and Chelsea’s midfield and was instrumental in guiding his country to Euro 2020 glory. However, he will not participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Even after being placed third in the Ballon d’Or rankings this year, the 29-year-old was unable to guide Italy to the showpiece event.
The midfielder missed penalties in the qualifying playoff match. North Macedonia took benefit of this through scoring in the dying mins to advance.
Martin Odegaard (NORWAY)
The Norwegian international is yet to feature at a World Cup and won’t take part in the 2022 version as well. Odegaard has set up himself as a regular under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal. But, he wasn’t capable of guiding Norway to the World Cup.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GABON)
The former Gunners striker has been sensational in recent months for FC Barcelona. However, he was unable to lead Gabon to the showpiece event in Qatar. They finished fourth in Group F of the African World Cup Qualifiers, behind Egypt.