The current Eurocup shows us some of the main figures on the planet. However, which one is missing?.
These are some of the football figures who are not contesting the European Championship in this edition. Photos: IG-sergioramos, IG-martial_9, IG-marcinho11
LatinAmerican Post | Ariel Cipolla
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The truth is that in the Eurocup we find some of the best players on the planet who play for the best teams in Europe. For example, players of the level of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappé or Kai Havertz are some of the stars of the clubs in the world.
However, for various reasons, there are hugely renowned players who are not part of those called up for Euro 2021. All of them have some justification for not representing their national jerseys, so here we present the figures who do not dispute this edition.
One of the most representative figures of Spain and, perhaps, one of the best defenders in history . The Real Madrid captain (who must find a new club to continue his career) was not on the list of those selected by Luis Enrique. The explanation is simple: the little activity on the field .
This year he had a series of injuries that prevented him from being a regular chosen in the Spanish team, so at 35 he only played 5 official games with Real Madrid . Therefore, and despite being the leader of La Roja and one of the architects who achieved the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, this time he is following the European Championship from outside.
Virgil van Dijk
The 29-year-old defender was going through a tremendous performance at Liverpool FC until he suffered an injury that left him off the pitch for several months . Basically, the cruciate ligament in his knee on October 18, 2020, so he was not fully recover for the tournament.
Well, the defender confirmed that he was not on the payroll of the Netherlands, as he is prioritizing the rehabilitation of his injury. Let us remember that the Netherlands National Team is without its top captain and figure, although it is assumed that, after this competition, he is one of the main elements for its coach , Frank de Boer.
Anthony Martial is one of Manchester United's most prominent soccer players who has had a great performance in the Premier League this year. This season he was one of the best elements for his coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, since, according to Transfermarkt, he played 22 games in the season .
The problem was his injuries. At 25, he twisted his knee with his National Team, so he is not competing now in the Eurocup . In any case, the coach of his national team, Didier Deschamps, has a great variety of options for his position, although we deprive ourselves of seeing him in this contest.
The AC Milan forward, at 39, still wants to have opportunities with the Swedish team. However, after not being part of his national team for some time, the forward announced his return in March, although he was not part of the final list.
The striker had just left Sweden after Euro 2016, at the age of 34 ... but the desire arose again. But at the beginning of May he had a problem in his left knee and this caused him not to be part of the call . At his advanced age, he will surely prioritize his health, but soon we will see him again with the jersey of his country.
The star of Borussia Dortmund is not part of the German National Team. His reason is one of the most "unusual" in this entire list, as he himself dropped the call requested by the winning coach of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil , Joachim Low. The reason? A physical precaution.
In agreement with his coach, the 32-year-old midfielder decided not to be in Euro 2021 because he has had a very busy year, but prefers to recover to avoid injuries. Let us remember that, precisely, for the 2014 World Cup he was not called up due to an injury in the friendly preparation.
Although all these stars are not part of this new edition, there are many other players of great quality that we are seeing in this tournament. Let's enjoy them!