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All time greatest XI to have never won the World Cup

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 14:16 IST

Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
The World Cup has eluded some top players

The 2018 World Cup fever is beginning to catch up to all of us after the group stage draws were revealed almost a couple of weeks ago.

It threw up quite a few tantalising fixtures: Spain vs Portugal and England vs Belgium to name a few.

Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be eager to add the one international trophy missing from their cabinets, and it might well be the last World Cup for both these modern legends.

That makes Russia 2018 a special event for all football fans, as the prestigious tournament prepares to bid adieu to two of its most special players of this century.

But they aren't the only legends in the history of the sport to have missed out on FIFA's blockbuster quadrennial event. The World Cup's format is an unforgiving one - while it might be entertaining for fans, its cruel for the players.

Here, we take a look at the greatest all-time XI of legends who haven't won the World Cup:

GK: Lev Yashin (Soviet Union)

Di Stefano, Law And Yashin
Yashin with Denis Law and Di Stefano

To date, the only goalkeeper to have won the Ballon d'Or. True, more importance is given to midfielders and forwards these days, but being voted the best player in Europe ahead of Gianni Rivera and Jimmy Greaves is no mean feat.

Nicknamed the "Black Panther", Yashin played for Dynamo Moscow throughout his career, with whom he won five league titles.


He couldn't lead the Soviet Union to a World Cup victory (they came fourth in 1966), but he did win the European Championships in 1960.

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