A tournament as prestigious as the FIFA World Cup is the tournament every player dreams to play.
They have been iconic stars who have achieved everything at the club level but have never featured in the FIFA World Cup.
However, with the 2022 FIFA World Cup fast approaching, let’s look at the five greatest stars who never featured in the tournament.
5. Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria)
Arguably one of the best ball-controlling strikers of his generation, Dimitar Berbatov started his senior career at CSKA Sofia, and he played for several clubs like Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United during his career.
In England, he scored 75 goals in 178 appearances, establishing himself as one of the best lethal weapons in front of goal.
He played for the Bulgaria national team for over ten years and was captained from 2006 to 2010.
He scored 48 goals in 78 appearances for Bulgaria, but despite all his achievements, he was never featured in the FIFA World Cup Tournament.
4. George Weah (Liberia)
Regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, George Weah won the FIFA World Cup player of the year and Ballon D’or in 1995.
He is the only African player to have ever won the Ballon d’Or.
George Weah played for several top clubs across Europe including AC Milan and PSG and won the major title there.
He was the runner-up to Ronaldo Nazario in the World player of the year in 1996, and he has also represented the Liberian international team in two African Cup of Nations tournaments.
However, he was never featured in the FIFA World Cup throughout his playing career.
3. Ryan Giggs (Wales)
Wales recently qualified for their first FIFA World Cup tournament in 64 years after beating Ukraine in the playoffs.
Ryan Giggs, who is the manager of the Wales national team failed to take his side to the FIFA World Cup as a player but has now done it as their manager, take a bow, Giggs.
The Wales manager enjoyed a phenomenal career with Manchester United, winning all there was to win at the club, both at the domestic and continental level.
2. Eric Cantona (France)
It’s shocking to know that a player of Eric Cantona’s caliber has never featured in the FIFA World Cup tournament.
An unpredictable genius, a lightning weapon in the final third, Eric Cantona’s international career did not go as he wanted.
The former French International played for Leeds United in 1992 and helped them secure their first league title in 18 years, before joining Manchester United.
With the Old Trafford faithful, Cantona scored 82 goals in 185 games, while also bagging four Premier League titles to his name.
However, his international career was called off time in 1994 after France failed to qualify for the World Cup.
1. Ian Rush (Wales)
One of England’s ultimate predators, Ian Rush scored a record of 346 goals in 660 appearances during his two spells with the Red contingent from Merseyside.
In between, he played in Seria A for Juventus but had a less successful career with the Italian giants.
Nevertheless, he played a pivotal role in Wales national team and was their top scorer until Gareth Bale overtook him in 2018.