As the World Cup is about to commence in Russia, there will be some incredible talent absent from this year edition.
Like we have been doing, here at ZenoxSports, we bring you a list of the top five biggest names in the goalkeeping section who will be watching the actions from their homes.
5. Claudio Bravo (Chile)
Former Barcelona shot stopper, now an understudy to Ederson in Manchester City, Claudio Bravo despite his limited number of appearances for the citizens still remain the number goalkeeper for Chile. He’s a household name in his homeland. He is known for his composure, leadership quality and penalty stopping skills. The two time Copa America champion is one of the big names in the goalkeeping section that will not be participating for in Russia.
4. Sergio Romero (Argentina)
Unlike every other player on this list, Sergio Romero’s team qualified for the tournament in Russia but, the South American stopper will not be participating due to a knee injury sustained in a challenge with Diego Costa when representing his country in a friendly against Spain in March. His experience and dedication will be missed in Russia.
3. Jasper Cillessen (Netherland)
Dutch football hasn’t felt this weak in decades, and they’re still relying on the older generation to dig them out of the gutter. The Barcelona shot stopper with his other compatriots fell short of expectation during the qualifier and in turn they missed out of world cup. This means one would not get the chance to see the usual superb saves and dives by his exciting, consistent performer and a passionate player when stepping on to the turf for the Oranje.
2. Jan Oblak (Slovenia)
Over the years, Slovenian shot-stopper Jan Oblak has gradually become a force to be reckoned with in the goalkeeping section of football. He is arguably one of the best goalkeepers in Europe with Atletico Madrid and in the world at large. However, his Slovenia side could only manage four wins from ten games during qualification which means they won’t be joining in the 2018 world cup party. The fact that Oblak is not going to be in Russia robs the tournament of one of the world’s three best goalkeepers.
1. Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
One of the biggest shocks of the European World Cup Qualifiers is Italy’s failure to get a ticket to Russia. No doubt, this edition would have been the perfect curtain call on Gigi’s career, had Italy been able to earn a place in Russia. Missing their first finals since 1958, the four-time winners will have to say goodbye to a legend in Buffon before the next World Cup. His passion, experience and influence will missed by football lovers from all around the world.