5 top players who will miss the 2022 World Cup

Arjun Singh Devgan
Erling Haaland and Martin Odegaard will miss the 2022 World Cup after Norway failed to qualify for the tournament
Erling Haaland and Martin Odegaard will miss the 2022 World Cup after Norway failed to qualify for the tournament / Fran Santiago/GettyImages

The World Cup is the most prestigious football tournament in the globe and one that takes place every four years with every player in the world extremely keen to win the biggest prize in the sport.

While the tournament sees a number of top players in it, there are always those who miss it after failing to lead their respective countries to the finals. Here, we take a look at the five top players who will the 2022 edition in Qatar.

1. Erling Haaland (Norway)

FIFA World Cup Qualifier"Norway v Netherlands"
FIFA World Cup Qualifier"Norway v Netherlands" / ANP Sport/GettyImages

Widely considered as the best young striker in the world and one who is touted as a future superstar, Erling Haaland will have to watch the tournament from home after Norway failed to qualify for the finals.

The 20-year-old missed their recent World Cup qualifiers due to injury and would have no doubt been disappointed by their 2-0 loss to Netherlands in the final game.

However, the striker has age on his side and still has time to make his mark on the greatest stage of all in the near future.

2. Jan Oblak (Slovenia)

Jan Oblak
Valencia CF v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Santander / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Jan Oblak has without doubt established himself as the best goalkeeper in the world over the past three years, with the Slovenian seeing his country in the international circuit.

The 28-year-old for his part will get much needed rest and would be raring to go in order to lead Atletico Madrid to trophies.

3. Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)

Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League / Paul Harding/GettyImages

Wilfried Zaha had asked not join Ivory Coast for their World Cup qualifiers as he needed time to consider his international future, with the players participation in January's Africa Cup of Nations also said to be in doubt.

The 29-year-old has been one of Crystal Palace's most important players and it will be interesting to see what he decides to do when it comes to his future with Ivory Coast.

4. Franck Kessie (Ivory Coast)

Franck Kessie
Franck Kessie of AC Milan reacts during the Serie A football... / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages

Franck Kessie has attracted attention from a number of top clubs following his performances for AC Milan, with the midfielder understood to be keen to make a move in the summer.

The 24-year-old has been a regular presence for Ivory Coast in the recent past, but he has struggled to make the same kind of impact he has had for his club when compared to his country.

5. Martin Odegaard (Norway)

Martin Odegaard
Netherlands v Norway - World Cup Qualifier / BSR Agency/GettyImages

Another promising youngster from Norway who will not feature in Qatar is Martin Odegaard, with the midfielder failing to lead his country to the showpiece event.

The 22-year-old who is impressing for Arsenal this season, will certainly play in the World Cup in the near future.