Every four years, the FIFA World Cup brings all the greatest soccer players on the planet together for one month-long competition. Or at least, that’s the idea. The sad reality is that, while the World Cup brings most of the greatest players on the planet together, there are always a few stars left out. This year is certainly no exception. Guys like Ronaldo and Messi and Neymar and Pirlo will be there, but other major stars will not.
Today, with the 2014 FIFA World Cup set to begin, we’re counting down the 14 best players you won’t get to watch. Some are injured, some got snubbed, and some simply have the misfortune of hailing from countries that did not qualify. But none of them are going, and it will always leave us wondering what if.
Have a look.