The Best Soccer Players To Never Play In The World Cup

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Vote up the best (retired) players who never played in a World Cup.

Who is the best soccer player never to play in the World Cup? The World Cup has missed out on some great footballers since its inception in 1930. There have been many soccer legends who failed to make it into the world's greatest competition. Some of these soccer players never made a World Cup because of the countries they have played for, but others were just plain unlucky. So, who is the best soccer player to never make a World Cup? Which soccer greats deserved a shot on the world's biggest stage?

Many would consider Northern Ireland soccer legend George Best to be the greatest player to never play at the World Cup, but a combination of age (36) and his country's hopes kept the 1968 Ballon d'Or winner out of the Norn Iron's World Cup side in 1982. Then, there's George Weah, who also won a Ballon d'Or (1995), but played internationally for Liberia which never qualified. Other football stars, such as Alfredo Di Stefano, Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona, and Adebi Pele never got a shot at the World Cup either, robbing fans of these great players at the FIFA World Cup.

Vote up the best soccer players to never make a World Cup. Then, check back as more soccer greats get added to the list should World Cup 2022 qualifying end the hopes of more of football's aging stars.

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