5 great players who never played at the World Cup

FIFA World Cup Qualifier - Northern Ireland v Wales
The Welsh magician could not show his magic at the World Cup
Rushabh Shah

A football player's success is often weighed against his performance at club-level football. While winning trophies at club-level football is a massive achievement on its own, it's not until a player lifts silverware wearing the colours of his country that his career is considered complete.

We have seen generations of players trying hard (and even switching clubs) in a bid to participate in the World Cup, however, there is an unlucky few who lit up the continent with their fiery club-football form but never got a shot at playing in the biggest footballing tournament in the world.

Can you guess the name of these five great players who are considered legends at their clubs but could never bring the World Cup glory to their home country?

#5 Ryan Giggs (Wales)

Nationality: Wales

Countries represented at the international level: Wales

International Caps: 64 (1991-2007)

International Goals: 12

International trophies won (with Wales): - 0

As of March 2018, having won more Premier League titles than the sum of the trophies won by the rest of the teams, Ryan Giggs is arguably the most successful player to have played in the Premier League.

A one-club man, Ryan Giggs spent his entire club-level career at Old Trafford, guiding them to 13 Premier League titles, 2 Champions League trophies, 4 FA Cup trophies amongst many others.

However, the talismanic speedy Welshman was never able to qualify for a major international championship with his native Wales. Wales last qualified for a World Cup in 1958 where they crashed out in quarter-finals to eventual champions Brazil.

Giggs made his international debut in an away match to Germany in October 1991, as a substitute. His last game for Wales was the Euro 2008 qualifier which he captained against the Czech Republic on 2 June. In his 16 years as Welsh player, Wales failed to qualify for both the World Cup and the European Championship.

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