It’s the pinnacle of soccer. The World Cup is a spectacle unlike any other in sport. And to truly be considered the greatest to ever lace up your cleats, you need to have lifted the trophy. Why can’t Dan Marino be in the discussion for the greatest quarterback of all time? He never won a Super Bowl. What’s the main argument Chicago Bulls fans use to say Michael Jordan is better than Kobe Bryant or LeBron James? His six championships.
Reaching the team pinnacle of your discipline is the easiest easy way to differentiate between legends. Had Argentina not won on Sunday, Lionel Messi would have gone down as the greatest soccer player ever to never have won a World Cup. So now that he’s got his, here’s a look at the best soccer players ever who never got their World Cup.