Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, England’s Wayne Rooney and Argentina’s Lionel Messi are among some of the best international soccer players that will vie for a World Cup when the 32-team tournament officially kicks off next month in Brazil. But a star-studded field will be missing from this year’s championship, which is set to begin on June 12. Teams which failed to qualify as well as late-season injuries have forced out some of the biggest names from the 20th edition of the World Cup. Four years ago in South Africa, a car accident involving Charlie Davies kept the striker off the American roster while now-retired midfielder Michael Ballack of Germany was sidelined with an ankle injury. In 1998, four years after Brazil had won its fourth World Cup crown, striker Romario was left off the team’s roster due to a muscular injury. Here’s a look at 10 players not making the trip to Brazil next month.
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