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Legends That Never Got The Chance To Lift The World Cup

The World Cup is only played every four years, which means individuals don’t get many opportunities to compete in the tournament in their prime.

We have seen the World Cup hosted 20 times, with only eight countries winning it - and this means there are a lot of great footballers that have never won it.

We have spilt the names into three continents and it’s amazing to see the amount of talent that never got to lift the illustrious title.


George Weah – Liberia

Abedi Pele – Ghana

Roger Milla – Cameroon

Samuel Eto’o – Cameroon

Stephen Keshi - Nigeria


Ruud Gullit – Netherlands

Marco Van Basten- Netherlands

Johan Cruyff - Netherlands

David Beckham – England

Michel Platini – France

Eusébio – Portugal

George Best – Northern Ireland

Paolo Maldini - Italy

South America:

Zico – Brazil

Alfredo Di Stéfano – Argentina

Arsenio Erico – Paraguay

Gabriel Batistuta – Argentina

Marcelo Salas – Chile

Can you think of anymore legends that never got to lift the World Cup? 


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