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Top 10 30-somethings still seeking a major international trophy

Monday 21st June 2021
Time is running out for this lot to add a World Cup, Euro, Copa America or AFCON title to their CV.
Time is running out for this lot to add a World Cup, Euro, Copa America or AFCON title to their CV.

Can you imagine if Johan Cruijff or George Best had won a Euro or World Cup? Their legacies are already astounding but an international honour might have put them higher in the debate over the greatest of all time. On the other hand, Franz Beckenbauer and Zinedine Zidane were both World Cup winners and that didn’t get them through the door. 

In any event, it’s fair to say that winning a World Cup or Confederation championship fall one and two on most player’s wish list for career achievements, ahead of league titles, Champions Leagues and Ballon d’Ors. Still, achieving those dreams isn’t fully in the player’s control. He needs the strongest of supporting casts and a healthy dose of good fortune to reach an elite podium. Like Cruijff and Bestie, some of the greatest never do. 

Here, then, is a list of ten current 30-somethings still hoping to add a World Cup, European Championship, Copa America or AFCON winners’ medal to their collection.

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Martin Palazzotto

The former editor of World Football Columns, Martin authored the short story collection strange bOUnce. He appeared in several other blogs which no longer exist. Old, he likes to bring out defunct. If outdated sport and pop-cultural references intrude on his meanderings for It's Round and It's White, don't be alarmed. He's harmless.


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