The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will take place without some prominent names in the game because their countries failed to qualify for the tournament.
Almost all the countries that have the potential to play in the tournament have known their fate and the world football governing body, FIFA, is set to conduct the draw on Friday, April 1, 2022.
The fact that several countries failed to qualify for the tournament means that several football superstars would also fail to feature in it.
Hence, Futballnews has selected the biggest names in football that failed to help their countries to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World which will commence in Qatar on November 21 and end on December 18, 2022.
Below are the top 10 footballers that won’t be in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar
- Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Mohamed Salah is currently the highest goalscorer in the Premier League so far in the 2021-2022 season. He has scored 28 goals and provided 10 assists in 36 games in all competitions this season.
Despite his amazing form at Liverpool, the 29-year-old right-winger could not help Egypt qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. His current transfer market value is €100 million.
- Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland, is currently the best player at the German club. He has scored 23 goals and provided 6 assists in 23 games in all competitions.
Despite his superb form, the 21-year-old Norwegian striker who is currently regarded as one of the best players in the world could not help Norway to qualify for the forthcoming World Cup. His current transfer market value is €150 million.
- David Alaba (Real Madrid)
David Alaba is one of the best defenders in the world. The 29-year-old center-back has played 38 times for Real Madrid in which he scored two goals and provided four assists in all competitions so far this season.
Unfortunately, the 29-year-old defender could not do much to help his country, Austria to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Alaba’s transfer market value is €55 million.
- Riyad Mahrez (Man City)
Manchester City right-winger, Riyad Mahrez has played 36 games in all competitions so far this season in which he has been able to score 22 goals and provided 7 assists.
Unfortunately for the 31-year-old winger, his form was not good enough to help Algeria to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. His current transfer market value is €40 million.
- Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)
Gianluigi Donnarumma is currently one of the best goalkeepers in the world. So far this season, he has played 19 games in all competitions in which he kept 8 clean sheets and conceded 17 goals.
Unfortunately, the 23-year-old Italian goalkeeper who helped Italy to win Euro 2020 could not help the country to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. His transfer market value is €65 million.
- Jorginho (Chelsea)
Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho won the best player of the year in Europe after helping Chelsea to win the UEFA Champions League last year and also helped his country to win Euro 2020.
So far this season, the 30-year-old defensive midfielder has played 38 games in all competitions in which he scored 9 goals and provided three assists.
Unfortunately, Jorginho is seen as one of the reasons Italy failed to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar because he missed a crucial penalty during the qualification process. His transfer market value is €45 million.
- Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
Jan Oblak is another world-class goalkeeper that will not be in the forthcoming FIFA World Cup. The 29-year-old Atletico Madrid goalkeeper has made 40 appearances in all competitions in which he recorded 12 clean sheets and conceded 49 goals.
Unfortunately for him, he and his country Slovenia would not be in the forthcoming tournament. His current transfer market value is €60 million.
- Victor Osimhen (Napoli)
Victor Osimhen is currently the hottest player in Italy. The 23-year-old striker has won the best player of the month twice in the last two months. The Napoli talisman has scored 15 goals and provided four assists in 25 games in all competitions.
Despite his form, the Nigerian striker could not help Nigeria to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup for the first time since 2006. His transfer market value is €60 million.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a 40-year-old who is still relatively useful at AC Milan. So far this season, the veteran striker has scored 8 goals and provided 2 assists in 22 games in all competitions.
Unfortunately, his return to Sweden’s national team could not help the country to qualify for the forthcoming World Cup. This means that the veteran has not played in the World Cup since 2006. His current transfer market value is €4 million.
- Luis Diaz (Liverpool)
Luis Diaz has been in superb form this season. His form at FC Porto forced Liverpool to bring him to the Premier League in January this year. So far in the 2021-2022 season, Diaz has scored 18 goals and provided 6 assists in 40 games in all competitions for both FC Porto and Liverpool.
However, the form of the 25-year-old Colombian winger was not enough to help Colombia to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. His current transfer market value is €45 million.