Here I present a series of players who, due to their quality, talent or ingenuity, deserved to win a World Cup, but they never managed to win with him, they are the kings of football without a crown.
Luis Suarez, Spain
The Galician of gold and one of the great midfielders of history, the architect as he was called by his great vision of the game and his ability to create plays from nothing could shine with his selection falling quickly defeated both in the World Cup in Chile 1962 as in England 19666 despite his achievements outside the national team such as the golden ball obtained in 1960 could never shine in the World Cups
In the inkwell there are other great names of successful players who were not crowned and who despite being excellent players, fortune did not smile at them, some highlights are: Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgaria Teófilo Cubillas, Peru Geroge Best, Northern Ireland Hugo Sanchez, Mexico Emilio Butragueño, Spain Gary Lineker, England
Lev Yashin, USSR
Despite being one of the best goalkeepers in history as well as the only goalkeeper to win a golden ball, the World Cup does not bring good resources to Yashin. The black spider and the Soviet combined never curdled great world performances falling eliminated in quarters in the first three World Cups that Yashin played and reaching fourth place in England 66, certainly an insufficient position for the best goalkeeper in history
Marco Van Basten
Van Basten the new Dutch hope after Cruyff failed to lift the World Cup in Mexico86 in a World Cup in which the forward as well as his team disappointed, not winning any game (tied against Egypt, England and Ireland and lost against Germany). The climax to his badge with the World Cups came in 1994. Milan did not allow him to travel to the United States because he was not recovering from the injury he was dragging on his ankle. However, he was able to compensate by giving his team the continental title by defeating the USSR in the final of the European Championship, with a goal that will go down in history, Marco himself
Ferenc Puskas, Hungary
A crack without a doubt and one of the great scorers in history with the chilling average of one goal per game playing more than 80 games. His great mastery of the game and the power with which he kicked made him a legend and leader of a Hungarian team that shone without equal. The Magyars were pure magic with bulky goals to teams like England or Germany seemed to have no limits, exceeding 30 victories in a row seemed destined to lift the gold cup but in a final agonizing match in the Swiss World Cup 54 the Germans (humiliated in the phase of groups 8-3) managed to overcome a 2-0 taking the title in the so-called miracle of Bern, a miracle that moved away one of the greatest players in the history of his world crown
The white fighter never had the luck of his predecessor and not for lack of talent. He was the greatest exponent of one of the most colorful teams and possibly one of the best teams in the world: Brazil's 82. They came to Spain as favorites and Zico led the team skillfully against the USSR, Scotland and Argentina, powerful teams however they fell against Italy He tried again in 1986 but the decisive penalty in the quarterfinals against France in which he was one of the best games in history failed, shone and scored in the World Cups, but was not crowned, a bitter punishment for one of the great pearls of world football
Eusebio, the black panther or the pearl of Mozambique (his native country, then Portuguese colony) only played a World Cup, but it was enough to crown him as one of the great footballers in history High speed and a great dribble shine more than anyone in England 66 with a Portuguese team delivered to him, as well as the world that saw him destroy teams such as Brazil's wrestling or the surprising North Korea (which made the best World Cup in its history), where Eusebio had to score 5 goals for tracing, with nine total goals in England, he was crowned in third place only after falling eliminated against the much-favored host throughout the World Cup However, if he obtained continental successes by proclaiming his Club the Benfica Portuguese champion of Europe against large teams such as Real Madrid by Di Stefano or Barcelona by Kubala
Paolo Maldini, Italy
The leader of the Italian defender and rossonera lacked neither talent, nor class nor even equipment, he lacked luck, because the criminals separated him from the world crown three times. Despite having dressed more than anyone the Azurra and his talent in defense, where he disarmed equipment with his vision and anticipation he was eliminated by penalties in Italy 90, USA 94 and France 98, being also eliminated in Korea-Japan 2002 due to the arbitral favoritisms given to Korea, the hostess. Thus the Italian genius retired shortly before his selection was crowned in Germany 2006 and without Paolo directing his rear.
Roberto Baggio, Italy
Baggio is one of the football geniuses who gives a touch of distinction every time he goes out, turning authentic works of art into goals as well as highlighting and being named one of the best players in the US 94 World Cup for his dribbling and speed they drove the most expert defenses crazy. His most fateful day was in the final of the 1994 World Cup where he shared the fate of his countryman Paolo Maldini, but increased by being responsible for failing the penalty that condemned Italy and awarded the title to Brazil, was the leader and genius of the set Italian as well as his executioner.
Michel Platini, France
This Frenchman who astonished the world with his great skill and extraordinary free throws as well as a prodigious technique and vision of the game led the French combined in the 1982 World Cup in Spain that will be remembered for his semifinal against West Germany in the that France fell eliminated in the penalties after winning 3-1, luck that would be reversed in another game for the annals of history where it would defeat the undefeated Brazil of 82 that pointed as one of the favorites however again Germany would be its executioner in semifinals, depriving the French genius of his coveted world crown. More luck was in the continental championship where he managed to win the victory against a high-quality Spanish team that saw his long-awaited title escape thanks to Platini's ability with the aforementioned free throws.
Johan Cruyff, Holland
The greatest icon of one of the great selections in history and maximum exponent of the mechanical orange and his total football devised by Rinus Michels, Holland that did not participate in a World Cup since 1930 saw his selection in the 74 World Cup reborn by the hand of this great fast and agile soccer player like none, however, and despite the great World Cup, including victories against Argentina (4-0) and Brazil (2-0) they fell in the final against the hosts, federal Germany and as the star said of said German combined Frank Beckenbauer: "Cruyff was better than me, but I won the World Cup" Our king was left without a crown that he could never get since in the next World Cup in Argentina he refused to participate as a protest to the dictatorial regime than by that then ruled Argentina
Alfredo Di Stefano, Argentina and Spain
One of the greats of world football and one of the most successful players at the club level as evidenced by his 5 European cups was always abandoned by that necessary star to succeed in the world championships. Argentine by birth was never able to play a World Cup for his country that refused to participate in Mexico 50 and Switzerland 54, for that reason and with Spanish nationality the blonde arrow saw the opportunity to be crowned in Chile 62 where he would team up with another great Luis Suarez but the bad Fortune came in the form of an injury a few days after playing what would be his first World Cup preventing him from debuting since the next World Cup would already be retired by age. One of the great geniuses of soccer genius in the lead and the core not only could not be crowned, but fate deprived him of even playing a world match
Messi and Cristiano, Argentina and Portugal
Despite being the two best players in the world and two great scorers (the only two to overcome the goal per game in the Spanish league) have not been able to adequately lead their selection Messi was closer in the World Cup in Brazil to rise with his crown, but a Germany that had been making a good championship drove him away from the dream. Against Cristiano it has been harder to achieve the world title but not the continental where he came to play the final of the Eurocup at his home, in Lisbon final that They surprisingly lost to Greece Both have talent but not years and is that Russia 2018 is possibly the last chance for both of them, time will decide