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11 Players Who Won A World Cup Without Kicking A Ball

While winning a FIFA World Cup is every footballer's dream, here are 11 players who lifted the trophy without having kicked a ball at the tournament!

Click through the gallery above to see 11 players who won the World Cup without playing in a single match in the particular showpiece!

Brazil icon Ronaldo Nazario was the top goalscorer at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, a tournament the Selecao triumphed in after a 2-0 win over Germany in the final.

The forward struck eight times at that showpiece, including twice in the victory over the Germans, and famously celebrated with the trophy in his hands and tears in his eyes as if it were his career dream to lift arguably the most important piece of silverware a footballer can.

That, however, was the second time Ronaldo had won the iconic prize, with the South American legend having won it in 1994 too. The then-17-year-old striker was named in the Brazil squad that ended up winning the tournament hosted in the US, but did not play a single minute in the competition.

Despite his obvious talent, Ronaldo was only considered a back-up option to the legendary Romario, who was named the best player at the World Cup that year.

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Years earlier, iconic Italian defender Franco Baresi was a member of Italy's 1982 World Cup-winning squad in Spain, but it was still early days in the centre-back's international career.

Baresi would go on to feature 81 times for his country and become one of the best defenders in history, but his first and only international trophy came without him seeing a minute of competitive action.

In 2010, high-profile players Raul Albiol, Pepe Reina and Victor Valdes celebrated World Cup triumph in South Africa having not contributed at all out on the field, while France defender Adil Rami did the same in Russia in 2018.

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The centre-back, who was on Marseille's books at the time, watched on from the sidelines as his teammates defeated the likes of Argentina, Uruguay, Belgium and finally Croatia to claim the historic trophy.

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