Karim Benzema's injury lands him on unwanted Ballon d'Or winner list 

November 20, 2022

Sports Tak Staff

France were dealt a major blow after their main striker Karim Benzema was ruled out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. 

Benzema pulled out of the World Cup with a thigh injury, with the defending champions suffering their fifth injured player.

This means Benzema is now the third player to miss the World Cup after winning the Ballon D'or award in 22 World Cup editions.

First, Alfredo Di Stefano's Spain did not qualify for the tournament in 1958.

Then Allan Simonsen's Denmark failed to qualify for the 1978 edition of the mega event.

Meanwhile, plenty of all-time greats have suffered World Cup heartache at their peak.

Eusebio was the top scorer in the 1966 World Cup but lost to eventual champions England in the semifinals. 

The same went for Roberto Baggio, who lost with Italy to Brazil after a magical run to the final of the 1994 World Cup.

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