10 Greatest Footballers Of All Time Who Didn't Lift The World Cup

Oct 06, 2023

By: Sunayna Kanjilal

These Great Football Players Didn't Get a Chance to Lift the World Cup

Lifting the World Cup can be the defining moment of any footballer’s life. Some of the finest footballers have gotten the opportunity to win the World Cup for their nation while others came within touching distance and yet couldn’t take it home. These great pl...

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Different people have different sentiments for this person. However, one thing that everybody will unanimously agree on is the fact that he is one of the greatest football players right now and deserves the World Cup. Having won almost every prestigious award ...

2. Alfredo Di Stefano

The Argentina-born Spaniard was one of the greatest players of all time. Nicknamed "Sata rubia" which means "Blond Arrow." He is best known for his achievements with Real Madrid and was instrumental in the club's success in the Europen...

3. Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff is regarded as one of the greatest players in history and has won the Ballo d'Or three times in 1971,1973 and 1974. He is the pioneer of the football philosophy known as Total Football developed by Ronus Michels, whom Cruyff also employed as ...

4. Ferenc Puskás

The Hungarian footballer and manager is extremely renowned and he is the sport's one of the first international superstars. A forward and an attacking midfielder. He has won three European Cups and ten national championships. While he never won the FIFA W...

5. George Best

George Best is known for being one of the best wingers in the sport's history. The Manchester United legend was a skillful dribbler and was named European Footballer of the Year in 1968. He has won the Ballon d'Or and was amazing at his game until he...

6. Paolo Maldini

The left-back who played the sport for 24 years straight and maintained his performance is none other than Maldini. Unfortunately, his World Cup journey did not have a happy ending. The Italian professional footballer is regarded as one of the greatest defende...

7. Zlatan Ibrahimović

The former professional footballer is known for his strikes and volleys, technique, and also his control of the ball. Zlatan Ibrahimović has scored over 570 career goals. He has scored some really unbelievable goals like the 40-yard overhead kick in a 4-2 defe...

8. Zico

Another great player, the star of Brazil was known for making extraordinary plays on the field. With a strike rate of roughly two goals every three matches it's only a shocker that Arthur Antunes Coimbra also known as Zico has never been able to bag the W...

9. Eric Cantona

The French professional footballer is one of the stars of Manchester United and was a driving force in English football in the '90s. He was named by Pele in the FIFA 100 list in the year 2004. The tenacious player is known for playing as a center-forward ...

10. Andriy Shevchenko

One of the most dangerous strikers of all time, Ukrainian footballer Andriy Shevchenko was known for being a terrific player in both Dynamo Kyiv and Milan. He began by winning five league titles in a row before he signed for Milan. He also won the UEFA Champio...