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5 Players Who Won a World Cup Without Stepping on the Grass

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The GIb Football Show represents the five rare players who won the dream World Cub without stepping on the grass.

  • Franco Baresi – Spain 82

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Barezi was the 22-year-old that time and Italy boss Enzo Bearzot had left the future Milan Captain and legend without a single appearance in Spain. Until 1992 Barezi earned 82 caps in national team and scored 3 goals.

  • Daniel Passarella – Mexico 1986.

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Passarella was Fiorentina defender that time, the 33-year-old veteran wasn’t a first choice of manager Carlos Bilardo. Argentine beat West Germany 3-2 thanks to Jorge Burruchaga’s winner.

  • Ronaldo – USA 94.

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Arguably one of the best finishers in modern football, Ronaldo was 17-year-old Cruzeiro player and manager  Carlos Alberto Parreira didn’t give a chance to youngster. Brazil won the WC in penalties against Italy.

  • Raul Albiol – South Africa 2010.

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Real Madrid centre-back failed to make an impact in competition with Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique. La Roja won is overtime against Netherlands. 

  • Matthias Ginter – Brazil 2014.

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The 20-year-old SC Freiburg midfielder couldn’t help his team, as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Özil and Toni Kroos were the main power of Joachim Löw’s ‘German machine.’  Argentine lost in extra-time and Die Mannschaft became the first European nation had won the World Cup in the Americas.


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