Well, the year 2017 seems to be a long year for football fans as they impatiently wait for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to kick off. Though only 217 days are left for the biggest-ever football event of the world, fans are already impatient.
The greatest football fest in the world is sure to bring along with it both happy and emotional moments. We are here today to discuss the saddest part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Because while the competition will see a couple of new, impressive faces, it will also bid farewell to some of its greats.
Now without much adieu, let's jump straight into the topic. Below is the list of top five players who will miss the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
As you all know, Sanchez is one of the strongest and most talented players on the International stage. His national side, Chile, tore apart the 2010 World Cup champions Spain in the 2014 World Cup and ruined away the dream of Argentina and Lionel Messi to win the 2016 Copa-America finals.
Apart from leading his team to victory in the Copa, he has won several honorary trophies throughout his career, such as the "Champions League trophy," "UEFA Super Cup," and "FIFA Club World Cup."
The 2016 Copa America champion and the golden ball winner won't be featuring in the 2018 edition of the World Cup, given the humiliating defeat his team faced with Brazil in the qualifying round. We say it with disappointment that along with his team, the 28-year-old superstar won't need a ticket to Russia.
The other superstar who is really gonna be missed by his fans in the 2018 FIFA World Cup is Manchester United's captain Antonio Valencia. The 32-year-old United and Equador's national team captain won't be appearing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia due to his team's bad performances in the qualifying campaign.
Their 1-3 defeat against Argentina sent them back home. Lionel Messi's stunning performance in the match means that 32-year-old captain might not get a chance to stand on the field for his national side again.
Having Won 94 caps for his country in international matches, along with 10 goals for the national side, he is definitely the most experienced player in his squad. He has also won several titles throughout his club career such as Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Europa League.
Austrian wonderkid, David Alaba is another sporting star we are surely going to miss this time around. The 25-year-old Bayern Munich star has missed his chance to perform in the 2018 World Cup due to his team's bad performance in the qualifying campaign.
The Austrian professional has already won 6 Bundesliga, 4 DFB Pokals and a Champions League trophy with Bayern Munich. But given the shame his country had to face in the qualifiers, losing to Serbia, Ireland, and Georgia, we won't see him in a World Cup match before his 30th birthday.
Among all the footballing heroes we have come across, Arjen Robben is probably the only one who qualifies to be hailed as a downright legend.
The man, who could have easily lifted the 2010 FIFA World Cup if it wasn't for Ikar Cassilas' lucky save, was undoubtedly the best player in the 2014 World cup and probably the finest ever Dutch player we have come across.
The Netherland's winger has given his fans so much to remember. He has set an outstanding record of 37 goals and 29 assists in 97 appearances for his side, including six strikes at World Cups.
He decided to end his international career after his team failed to qualify for two consecutive tournaments for the first time since 1984. It's a clear disgrace that football fans won't see him in the 2018 World Cup.
Don't get surprised, Gareth Bale is also on the list. Yes, the 28-year-old Real Madrid star and the 2013-14's most expensive transfer won't be featuring in the 2018 iteration.
The Welsh professional won't be leaving for Russia given his team's bad performance in the qualifying round. It was only 15 months ago that Wales wrote a fairy tale in football history by defeating Belgium to reach the semifinals of the Euro Cup 2016, their first international tournament in 58 years.
Bale has also been battling with a severe knee injury since 2016, which doesn't seem okay. Bale will turn 32 by the next world cup and, given the number of injuries he has suffered from, might just prove unable to appear.