The World Cup fever grips one and all. It doesn’t matter if your country has qualified or not, the most watched sport in the World brings together people to celebrate the festival of football. It’s full of zeal, passion, spirit and fierceness. Players enter the field with a do-or-die spirit and consider them nothing short of a soldier whose aim is just to conquer the rivals and exclaim supremacy of their country. But what if the competition is marked by a series of injuries to star players? It disappoints you, doesn’t it?
Such is the story of FIFA World Cup 2014 which is to be held in Brazil this summer. It’s less than 5 days to go for the elite competition but the injury list just seems to increase by the day! Some experts blame the untimely friendlies which exert excessive strain on the players and cause injuries. Marco Reus is a recent victim of it and Jack Wilshere was one in March, but he recovered in time for the WC.
While most of the veterans are expected to play their part in the competition, we have the newbies who have set out to leave a mark on the world. Despite working hard in their respective leagues and earning a place in their National teams, some of them couldn’t fulfill their dream of participating in the WC. Theo Walcott, Jay Rodriguez, Christian Benteke, Bryan Oviedo and Thiago Alcantara are some of the unfortunate lads.
The list of injuries started with Walcott’s ACL which he picked up during an FA Cup match against Spurs in the EPL. More recently, we have had the sad news of Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo’s injuries. The two former Ballon d’Or winners are crucial to their countries world cup bids but it is Ribery who is ruled out of the competition. Fortunately, there is still chance for Ronaldo to be fit in time.
Falcao, Ribery, Reus, Valdes, Strootman, Gundogan, Badstuber, Van der Wiel and many more! It’s astounding as to how many key players will be missing this year’s world cup. Check out the full list in the gallery below.
While some say it’s just plain misfortune for these lads, others feel it is the useless friendlies at fault. More interestingly, there are witch doctors in Ghana who claim to have caused Ronaldo’s injury woes. The reason could be any, but it won’t change the fact that the WC 2014 will miss the contribution of these players.