Winning the World Cup is the highest achievement that soccer players can dream of, and this dream may come true without actually participating in matches.
According Spanish newspaper Marca websiteOver the course of the tournament’s history, 101 players have won the World Cup without ever playing. The list includes 33 goalkeepers, 32 defenders, 18 midfielders and 18 strikers.
Among them, the star Ronaldo Nazario (the phenomenon), who was 17 years old, won the Brazil national team in the 1994 championship, before achieving it again and crowning the title of top scorer in the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan.
Goalkeepers Pepe Reina and Victor Valdes, and defender Raul Albiol, won the World Cup with Spain in South Africa 2010 without playing a match.
It is also remarkable that some of the names that won the tournament did not achieve this achievement once without participation, but rather the matter was repeated, such as the Italian goalkeeper, Guido Masetti, who only watched the matches of the Italian national team in the 1934 and 1938 tournaments.
And the matter was repeated with the Brazilian goalkeeper, Carlos Jose Castillo, who won the 1958 and 1962 championships without appearing in any match. This also happened with his colleagues, Jose Macia, known as “Pepe”, who participated in the two tournaments without playing any match.
As for the Qatar Mondal, the current Argentina national team coach, Lionel Scaloni, and France coach, Didier Deschamps, used 24 of the 26 players called up to participate.
Argentines Geronimo Rolli and Franco Armani, or Frenchmen Alphonse Areola and Karim Benzema, could join this “exclusive club” of champions who did not participate in the tournament if Argentina or France win the tournament final on Sunday.
The Frenchman, Areola, may put his name on the list of accomplished champions, after the “Roosters” won the 2018 Russian Championship, without participating in any match.