Much was made of the early exits of football’s Big Two – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – from the 2018 World Cup.
They are hardly the first great players to miss out on winning football’s most famous trophy, though. Even during this competition itself, a number of other players of celebrated standing have suffered.
A list of XI players who are unlikely to be leaving Russia with their reputations enhanced.
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