Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have each played in three FIFA World Cups so far, but here are 10 high-profile stars who have never played in football's biggest tournament.
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Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey might have been positive about Wales' hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but their defeat to Ireland meant their dreams were cut short.
Both those players will have to wait another four years to get their shot at playing in the competition, while it should also be noted that Welsh legend Ryan Giggs never once featured in the tournament.
Former France international Samir Nasri has also never featured in the tournament, despite making his debut in 2007 – three years before the World Cup in South Africa. The playmaker was surprisingly left out of that squad, and after a number of fallouts with previous management, he retired from international football early.
Manchester United star Henrikh Mkhitaryan has not played in a World Cup with Armenia, and the same can be said of his club teammate Nemanja Matic, who was not in Serbia's plans for the competition in 2010, despite making his first senior appearance in 2008.
Alexandre Lacazette, 26, has also not played in the prestigious competition with France, but will have a chance to do so next year, despite being overlooked by Didier Deschamps on a few occasions recently.
The Arsenal forward has found the net just once for his country in 14 games, and might have to have an excellent season with the Gunners in order to cement his place in Les Bleus' set-up, in which he would compete with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.
Nico Gaitan made his Argentina debut in 2009 but was snubbed for their 2010 and 2014 World cup teams, while 28-year-old Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not yet been lucky enough to represent African nation Gabon on the world's biggest stage.
Premier League duo Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama have also not played in a World Cup yet, but while Wanyama's Kenya have not qualified for Russia 2018, Mane's Senegal still have a chance of doing so.
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