The 2022 World Cup is witnessing a rare event for the first time in 44 years

The 2022 World Cup is witnessing a rare event for the first time in 44 years
The 2022 World Cup is witnessing a rare event for the first time in 44 years

The 2022 World Cup is witnessing a rare event for the first time in 44 years

The World Cup in Qatar continued to set records, both in terms of the cost of preparing for the tournament and hosting the world in the Middle East for the first time. In addition, the tournament witnessed a rare event, not seen in 44 years , particularly with the retirement of the best player in the world, Karim Benzema, from the France national team and the tournament in general after injury.

And the network specializing in football statistics “Squawka” confirmed that this is the first time in 44 years that the holder of the golden ball is absent from the World Cup, as Benzema withdraws from the World Cup and Benzema received a great shock after his injury in training with the French national team to confirm his absence from the Qatar World Cup tournament

The Statistics Network stated that he was the last player to be crowned with the Golden Ball and subsequently missed the World Cup, Denmark’s Alan Simonsen when he was crowned with the Golden Ball in 1977 and missed the 1978 World Cup in Argentina due to his non-qualification of the country.

The Golden Ball winner has been at every World Cup since 1982, from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the former Germany international at the 1982 World Cup, to the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the last two World Cups (2014 and 2018) and is the owner of the “Balloon d’Or”.

Karim Benzema will surely lose his chance to be back in the World Cup after turning 34 and he has only participated in the World Cup once, notably the 2014 edition in Brazil and he was not on the list of the French team that 2018 won the title only to rule him out at the time.

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