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Why these football stars missed out on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022?

World Cup Qatar 2022 is underway in Qatar.

Some of the primary reasons might be that their nations didn’t qualify, or eligibility, through injury, or it can be by bad luck.

A total of 64 games are expected to be played to determine the winner of this year’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is underway in Qatar, with up to 32 football teams representing their nations from across the globe in this biggest world football tournament.

A total of 64 games are expected to be played to determine the winner of this year’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will also see the top football stars line up for undisputed football matches for their home national teams. 

However, it’s not by surprise that some of the names of the top stars in the world of football are not playing in this tournament. Instead, they might be watching this from the comfort of their living rooms or cinema joints.

We look at top football stars who missed this World Cup in Qatar and why.

Some of the primary reasons might be that their nations didn’t qualify, or eligibility, through injury, or it can be by bad luck.

Erling Haaland 

Haaland, The football star from Norway, scored up to 20 goals in his first twelve EP Champions League for FC Manchester City, and he is here to stay. 

Erling Haaland became the first player in Premier League history to score a hat-trick in three successive home league games. Photo/Getty Images

He missed this year’s World Cup as his Norway national football team didn’t qualify.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 

The 41-year-old star is sadly out of Qatar’s world’s biggest football tournament after Sweden’s national team lost to Poland in a narrow playoff.

It would have been their third appearance at the World Cup.

He will also be away on the field till January 2023 after an injury.

Sergio Ramos

The Spanish footballer who plays the central defence holds impressive form for FC PSG this season, leaving football fans believing that the 36-year-old might get a recall to Luis Enrique’s selection, but that was not the case.

Photo/ Goal.com

The 2010 World Cup champions and two-time European Champion with Spain also boast four Champions League titles with former club Real Madrid.

Mo Salah

Sadly Mo Salah is not playing at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 for his team Egypt after Seethrough penalties kicked out his national teammates in a playoff.

Mo Salah celebrates scoring his side’s fourth goal during the Premier League match against Man U on April 19, 2022, in Liverpool, England. Photo: Chris Brunskill Source: Getty Images

It was a painful scene for him and his fans after he missed out on his penalty with his former teammate Sadio Mane scoring for Senegal to secure a direct Qatar ticket.

Luis Diaz 

Colombia’s failure to qualify has seen Luis Diaz, with several Stars including James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao, and Juan Cuadrado, miss out on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Diaz has played for Liverpool since after parting ways with FC Porto.

Colombia failed to qualify during the group stages after recording multiple draws, with up to 20 goals, a total of 18 games, unlike Brazil, which had 40.

Victor Osimhen

The Napoli strike struck for Nigeria, scoring four goals during the group Stage in the AFCON, but they failed to qualify in the third stage after losing to Ghana in a 1-1 draw at their home ground.

He deeply felt it was a failure that forced him even later apologize to his fans.

“We need to say sorry to our esteemed Nigerian fans. Most people gave us support; however, all we need is to try and get all 100 per cent of our supporters back. We are on the right path and doing well with our technical staff and our new coach [Peseiro].

Martin Odegaard

The Norwegian wonder-kid came to Real Madrid when he was just 16. They are still trying to break into the midfield, monopolized by Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

He later found a home in North London at FC Arsenal.

Eldor Shomurodov

The Central Asian region has not received much attention in the football scene, but he could change the narrative.

Sadly he has never made it to the World Cup despite coming close several times; they settled behind Saudi Arabia in second place in their AFC group.

 

Elias Makokha is a professional Media Practitioner venturing into Corporate Communications, Radio Broadcast and Digital content creation with a keen interest in videography, photography and online Writing. He works well individually and collaboratively with his juniors, peers and seniors. He adheres to the hallmarks of journalism and accurately reports by conducting fact checks from reputable sources before publishing.

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