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5 biggest stars who could miss the 2022 FIFA World Cup (photos)

The group stage of the World Cup Qualifiers has been full of surprises in the final phase. Only 32 teams will compete in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022. As a reminder of how high the stakes are in football's biggest spectacle, some of the game's biggest names may not even make it.

The World Cup will feature 13 European teams, five African teams, five Asian teams (four-plus host nation Qatar), four South America teams, and three North America teams. The winners of the intercontinental playoffs will fill the final two spots. As things currently stand, several top footballing nations are in danger of failing to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. On that note, let's take a look at five of the biggest stars who could miss the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

#5 Erling Haaland (Norway

With one round of games remaining, Norway is currently third in Group G. They are tied for second place with Turkey, who has a goal difference of +10, while Norway has a goal difference of +9. Norway, on the other hand, will have their work cut out for them if they are to defeat the Netherlands on Tuesday. Worse, Norway will be without star player Erling Haaland, who is out with a hip injury and will not be back anytime soon.

Turkey takes on Montenegro in their quest for a playoff spot. It should be relatively easy for the Turks to win that game. Norway was never expected to qualify directly from the group stage, as the Netherlands were always considered the favourites to do so.

#4 Luis Suarez (Uruguay)

It would be extremely unfortunate if the Uruguayan striker did not qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The legendary striker is 34 years old, and this could be his final World Cup. However, things are looking bleak for Uruguay at the moment. They have lost their last three games and are currently ranked sixth in the CONMEBOL 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. They will need to surpass Ecuador and Chile, which are currently fifth and fourth in the table, respectively.

#3 Bruno Fernandes (Portugal)

The Portuguese midfielder is one of the world's best playmakers. While he isn't particularly skilled in possession, Fernandes has a knack for making ridiculously effective passes. He is equally adept at scoring goals as he is at orchestrating play. Fernandes has been one of Manchester United's few bright spots in the 2021-22 season. However, he has not been as effective for Portugal's national team. Portugal has advanced to the World Cup playoffs after losing their final group stage World Cup qualifier match against Serbia.

#2 Robert Lewandowski (Poland)

Right now, Lewandowski is the most prolific striker on the planet. He has scored goals for fun for both club and country. For several seasons, the Polish international has been tearing up the Bundesliga and leading his national team admirably. Poland appears to be heading to the playoffs after finishing second in Group I behind England. Only three points separate the two ahead of their respective group stage final matches. England will almost certainly win against San Marino. The Three Lions currently lead Poland by a goal difference of +6.

#1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

This could be difficult for all football fans to swallow. Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers of all time, and this will most likely be his final World Cup as he turns 36. Ronaldo was moved to tears after Portugal lost their final group stage game against Serbia, sending them to the playoffs.

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