5 Players Who Will Be Missed at the 2018 World Cup

5 Players Who Will be Missed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Sepp Blatter, FIFA World Cup 2018 announcement
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil was one of the most exciting editions of the tournament in recent history. Brazil was also the last opportunity for some of the best players to take the pitch at the World Cup. Here are five legendary players who will be missed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

5. Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba, Algeria v Ivory Coast - 2013 Africa Cup of Nations: Group D
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5. Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba, Algeria v Ivory Coast - 2013 Africa Cup of Nations: Group D
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Drogba has been one of the most dominant forwards of his generation. The Ivorian striker’s introduction against the Japanese immediately changed the game in favor of the Ivory Coast. The former Chelsea forward is the all-time top goal scorer for his country, and his contributions are bound to be missed by all fans of the game.

4. Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas, Spain v Italy - Euro 2008 Quarter Final
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4. Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas, Spain v Italy - Euro 2008 Quarter Final
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San Iker is one of the greatest goalkeepers the game of soccer has known. Unfortunately, at the age of 33, the Spanish captain’s form has dipped significantly for both club and country. With competition high for his position, it seems unlikely that he will be selected for 2018 competition. Casillas was absolutely unforgettable in South Africa, and fans around the world will hope that the Madrid No. 1 can regain his form.

3. Miroslav Klose

Miroslav Klose of Germany scores the second goal
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3. Miroslav Klose

Miroslav Klose of Germany scores the second goal
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Klose has become the all-time leading goal scorer in World Cup history with 16 goals and won the 2014 tournament with Germany. The German international made his World Cup debut in 2002 with a hat-trick against Saudi Arabia. The 36-year-old’s goal scoring will be missed in tournaments to come.

2. Xavi Hernandez

Xavi Hernandez, Paraguay v Spain: 2010 FIFA World Cup - Quarter Finals
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2. Xavi Hernandez

Xavi Hernandez, Paraguay v Spain: 2010 FIFA World Cup - Quarter Finals
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The Barcelona man has lost a step or two this last year for both club and country. Xavi and Iniesta sat at the heart of the Spanish midfield giving the team its creative flair. The 2014 World Cup was rather disappointing for both the team and Xavi. At the age of 34, Brazil will likely be his last World Cup, and it is disappointing to see that the man synonymous to tiki-taka will not be there in Russia.

1. Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo, England v Italy - UEFA EURO 2012 Quarter Final
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1. Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo, England v Italy - UEFA EURO 2012 Quarter Final
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The 2006 World Cup winner will be 39 years old when Russia rolls around. Pirlo showed that he still had "the stuff” against England as he effortlessly distributed the ball all over the field. The Juventus playmaker’s elegance on the ball will surely be missed by Italy and fans alike in 2018. Italy and Juventus will hope the timeless Pirlo is truly timeless.