05/16/2014 12:24 pm ET Updated May 16, 2014

Forgotten Stars: Worlds Best Soccer Players Left Out Of World Cup I Sports On Earth


In less than a month, the World Cup will begin without some of the world's best players. A few of them, such as France's Samir Nasri and Mexico's Carlos Vela, won't be present because they're petulant man-children and have had a falling out with their national teams. But far more capable players won't be in Brazil because they hail from nations that didn't qualify. The World Cup can do without the likes of Nasri and Vela -- important players for their club teams but hardly stars on the international level -- yet two of the best players in the world, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale, won't be in Brazil. If the World Cup truly is a celebration of soccer, two of its best friends aren't invited.

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