Its supposed highlight the top footballers in the world, but due to different circumstances many top players are missing, we look at the top 10 Players not going to the Brazil World Cup.
By far the biggest marquee name to miss the World Cup is the pony-tailed Swede. Ibrahimovic has been in lethal form for Paris Saint Germain this season, finding the net 36 times and making 11 assists in 41 appearances. His brace in the second leg of the play-off against Portugal was not enough to secure qualification for the Scandinavians.
He is far and away the best player in Columbia’s squad but unfortunately for Falcao and his country, he failed to recover from a serious knee injury he sustained playing for Monaco in January. It was initially thought that the talismanic striker would win the fitness battle in time for Brazil but last week it was confirmed that he will not feature. Falcao scored 20 goals in 51 caps and was expected to light up the World Cup in Brazil.
A defender for Bayern Munich but he’s a pivotal attacking player for Austria. Alaba is massively talented and was unfortunate to be given such a tough qualifying group for the World Cup. Austria just missed out on a play-off place, finishing three points behind Group C runners-up Sweden.
AC Milan’s captain tragically broke his leg just two weeks before the finals in a goalless draw against Ireland at Craven Cottage. The central midfielder had a solid season in the Serie A and was pivotal in the club’s impressive run in Europe. He was set to play a pivotal role for Italy in Brazil but will sadly have to sit out the tournament.
The World’s most expensive footballer will not feature in the world’s biggest competition. Gareth Bale had a sublime season for Real Madrid, considering it marked his first time playing league football in Spain. He was also the goalscoring hero that secured their Champions League victory over rivals Athletico Madrid. However, he misses out on the finals after a poor qualifying campaign by Wales in which they finished second bottom of their group behind Belgium, Croatia, Serbia and Scotland.
Aaron Ramsey was a revelation for Arsenal this season. Before the gifted youngster got injured, he was on course to be Player of the Season in the Premier League, if he had kept his form. Like Bale, Ramsey is unfortunate that his country’s limited talent pool has scuppered his opportunity to play in a major international tournament.
The powerhouse Serbian defender will face an extended period away from football with torn knee ligaments. However, the Borussia Dortmund player would not have featured in the World cup even if he was fit as Serbia failed to qualify.
The Polish sharpshooter had an impressive season at Bayern Munich, scoring 26 goals and making 8 assists in 42 appearances with the German giants. However, his efforts at international level were not enough to secure qualification for Poland who finished fourth in their group behind England, Ukraine and Montenegro.
The Irish fullback has been immense for Everton this season. He scored six goals and made two assists for the Toffees this season and his performances earned him a place on the PFA Team of the Year. Coleman will not play in the World Cup as Ireland failed to qualify from a tough qualifying group that included Germany, Sweden and Austria, all of whom finished above the Boys in Green.
The Chelsea shot-stopper has only made one World Cup appearance. He played for the Czech Republic in 2006 in Germany in which they finished third in their group behind Ghana and eventual winners Italy. Cech will go down as one of the top goalkeepers to play in the Premier League and finished the 2013-14 season with 16 clean sheets earning him a spot in the PFA team of the year. However, he will not travel to Brazil this summer as a defeat to Armenia in the qualification campaign proved costly.