Lifting the FIFA World Cup would be the pinnacle of any footballer's career, it's what each and everyone of them dream of when growing up.
Unfortunately, some of the finest players in the history of the beautiful game have won without playing any match. Here's a look at the 6 best footballers who never won the World Cup
1. Pepe Reina - Spain (Goalkeeper) 2010 FIFA World Cup
It is not uncommon that goalkeepers win World Cups without donning the gloves, but in Reina’s case, his story largely mirrors a career playing at the very peak of the game, but often playing second fiddle to more illustrious glovemen.
2. Alphonse Areola - France (Goalkeeper) 2018 FIFA World Cup
Areola, who has now won three international caps to his name, had never played a single minute.
He becoming the first player in 36 years to win the World Cup without having ever played for his country.
3. Erik Durm - Germany ( full back) 2014 FIFA World Cup
Erik Durm, World Cup winner in 2014, relegation fodder with Huddersfield Town in 2019.
It has been quite the fall from grace for Durm, who at one stage looked set to occupy Borussia Dortmund’s full-back flanks for many years after being handed his debut by Jurgen Klopp in 2013.
4. Victor Valdes - Spain (Goalkeeper) 2010 FIFA World Cup
Valdes did not feature for Spain, but got the World Cup medal nonetheless. Winning major other trophies for Spain (2008 Euro, 2010 world cup, 2012 Euro) being benched.
5. Daniel Passarella - Argentina ( Defender) 1978 and 1986 FIFA World Cup
One of the pillars of the Argentine national team, he eventually captained the side during the 1978 World Cup held in Argentina. He was the first Argentine player to hold the World Cup, as it was handed to him first when Argentina won the final.
6. Adil Rami - France (2018)
On 17 May 2018, Rami was called up to the 23-man French squad for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
He announced his retirement from the national team after winning the trophy. Rami did not play any of France's seven matches in the finals.
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