Quiz! Can you name the 40 biggest players NOT going to the World Cup?

Norway's forward Erling Braut Haland reacts during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification Group G football match between Latvia and Norway, in Riga, on September 4, 2021.
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12 minutes on the clock, 40 players to guess.

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In 2010, Ronaldinho was one of the stars involved in Nike's big TV ad for the World Cup. Ronnie was one of the stars of the noughties and rightfully, slotted in as Brazil's posterboy alongside the likes of Fabio Cannavaro, Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo in the ad.

In the short film, the camera cuts to Ronaldinho doing stepovers before showing the excitement that the entire world has for the samba star's silky skills. Only when the squads were announced for the tournament, the 2002 trophy winner wasn't included by the Selecao. Awkward for him… not to mention Nike.

Every four years there are big omissions either through injury, failure to qualify or like poor Ronaldinho, coaches simply not picking them. This year is no different.

So who's not going to the World Cup? We've listed the top 40 by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab) value – no points for Dua Lipa


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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.