The “Most of the World” Cup
There are just nine days until the World Cup. Media outlets, fans, and importantly, players around the world have begun preparing with excitement. There’s a lot to look forward to this World Cup, but the following players are unfortunately not among those. Here are the upsetting and disappointing reasons why:
Brazillian phenom Ronaldinho, who many still consider to be the best player in the world, was not selected to be a part of Brazil’s World Cup roster by head Coach Luis Filipe Scolari. Scolari was Brazil’s head coach in 2002 when they won the World Cup title against Germany. It was Ronaldinho’s crucial midfield free kick against England in the semi-final that allowed them to participate in the final game. Unfortunately, Ronaldinho is viewed as an athlete with lost exceptional talent who is unable to perform at today’s world class level in soccer expectations.
Kaká, just like Ronaldinho is one of Brazil’s most popular soccer players. Although Kaká had a good season with AC Milan this past year, his performance within the last four years was not worthy enough to be a part of Brazil’s roster for the upcoming World Cup. Throughout the years, Kaká has had the potential to be one of the greatest players in the world. However, many injuries have consistently kept him on the sidelines. As a result, Kaká did not perform to Real Madrid’s expectations and his contract was transferred to AC Milan for free just last season.
Radamel Falcao of Columbia tore his ACL during a club match with Monaco a few months ago. After an outstanding season with Athletico Madrid last year, Falcao’s contract was bought out by Monaco for about 70 million Euros, which was a disappointing investment for Monaco because of his recent devastating injury. While Columbians had high hopes that Falcao would recover by the time of the World Cup, the extent of his injuries are going to keep him out of the Cup.
U.S.A’s beloved Landon Donovan was surprisingly left out of the 2014 World Cup roster by head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann. The 32-year-old who holds the USMNT record for goals with 57, including the game-winning goal for the U.S.’s 2010 World Cup match against Algeria, did not make the cut because other strikers were “a tiny little bit ahead of him,” according to Klinsmann.
Chapo Montes of Mexico was headed to Brazil, until he suffered a terrible injury, a fractured tibia and fibula, just a few days ago. Montes picked up the awful injury during a friendly game against Ecuador just 12 days before the World Cup.
These players listed are among the many that have been left out of this year’s World Cup equation. The World Cup allows for exceptional players who shine in their club teams to play and perform for their respective countries. However, that opportunity falls short for a lot of players who may be phenomenal as individuals in their club teams, but unfortunately, cannot proceed to the World Cup since their country’s national team does not qualify.
Some of these unfortunate cases include: Gareth Bale of Wales (Real Madrid) , David Alaba of Austria (Bayern Munich) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon (Borussia Dortmund), Henrick Mkhitarian of Armenia (Borussia Dortmund), and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden (Paris Saint-German ).