10 Players Who Won’t Be Joining The Upcoming 2022 World Cup In Qatar

Qatar will be an opportunity for the best players to display their prowess in front of a global audience. These players have great performances before the competition kicks off on November 20.
Fans were salivating at the thought of witnessing Kylian Mbappe, Kevin de Bruyne, Neymar, and a plethora of other players in action in addition to their Messis and Ronaldos.
However, not all renowned football stars will be taking part in the World Cup. Many famous athletes already have injuries that will prevent them from competing in Qatar, while several other famous athletes dropped out because their nations failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Let’s take a look at the players who won't be traveling to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup and those who, should they recover from injuries in time, may have to wait anxiously to board the aircraft.

#1 Franck Kessié

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The Barcelona midfielder will be watching from home since Ivory Coast, who placed second behind Cameroon in the CAF qualification process, was eliminated in the second-round group stage.

#2 Mohamed Salah

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Salah will not get the opportunity to shine this winter as a result of missing a penalty in a playoff shootout loss to Senegal. He will be approaching middle age by the time the next World Cup rolls around.

#3 David Alaba

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The Real Madrid center-back will take a well-deserved rest in November and December as he watches his teammates compete on the biggest stage despite having had plenty of success at the club level.

#4 Luis Díaz

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The Liverpool attacker will have to wait an additional four years after Colombia's narrow defeat to Peru in the CONMEBOL playoffs.

#5 Martin Ødegaard

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The Arsenal captain will be unable to participate in Norway's 2022 World Cup campaign, much like his countryman Haaland. We could see Odegaard and Haaland in 2026 since they are just going to get better.

#6 Erling Haaland

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The Norwegian team placed third in their UEFA qualification group, behind Netherlands and Turkey, preventing the Manchester City striker from competing in the World Cup. Haaland, 22, will have to make do with a November 17 friendly matchup in Dublin against Ireland.

#7 Victor Osimhen

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After a disappointing AFCON qualifying season, Ghana was defeated in the away goals playoff. Additionally, the Napoli player's four goals from the previous group stage round went unadded.

#8 Alexander Isak

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The new record signing at Newcastle will miss Qatar due to Sweden's playoff loss to Poland. In 2022, the former Real Sociedad player's nine international goals remained unadded.

#9 Marco Verratti


Despite stellar achievements with Italy and with PSG in the Champions League, Verratti has long been overlooked. The little midfielder, who is skilled on the largest stages, won't be able to compete in the 2022 competition.

#10 Gianluigi Donnarumma

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As the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup once more, the champion of the Euro 2021 will take off the gloves in November and December. Still only 23, Donnarumma will aim to represent his nation at a World Cup someday.
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