Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland, and six more players who may not be able to compete in the 2022 World Cup.
As foreign teams prepare for next year’s World Cup in Qatar, Brinkwire Sport looks at the talents that may be missing out on the showcase tournament.
Following the end of the UEFA qualifying round, the countdown for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has officially begun.
While teams like England, France, Belgium, and Germany have already secured their spots in next winter’s showcase tournament, others are in serious danger of missing out.
Scotland and Wales, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, are among the British teams in the play-offs, while Italy was surprised to be beaten to first place by Switzerland.
The revised play-off format has only three spots available, which means some of Europe’s most well-known players may lose out on the event in the Middle East in November 2022.
Similarly, the competition for the final seats in South America might go down to the wire, despite the fact that Brazil and Argentina are already guaranteed spots in next year’s tournament.
However, numerous nations are banking on the play-offs to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
Brinkwire Sport has compiled a list of some of the major stars who are in danger of missing the month-long trip to Qatar…
Ronaldo wants to play until he is 40 years old, which would be an incredible achievement for the Portuguese great.
However, he would be 41 by the time the 2026 World Cup rolls around, putting him out of contention.
To ensure the Selecao does not miss out, the all-time leading international goalscorer will have to be at the top of his game.
However, after his recent outburst at Portugal manager Fernando Santos following their 2-1 defeat to Serbia, there will be concerns in the Portuguese camp.
Lionel Messi and no Cristiano Ronaldo in what could be their final World Cup? It isn’t possible.
It may seem weird to host a competition that attracts the top footballers from around the world.
Despite this, Haaland will not be flying to the Middle East with the international sides in just over a year.
In his short time with Borussia Dortmund, the 21-year-old has established himself as a goal machine, scoring 61 goals in as many games.
But it’s apparent that he’s scored five goals in six games. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.