FIFA World Cup 2018 will start from the 14th June and will continue till 15th July 2018. Russia is all set to host this 21st edition of the games. A total of 32 countries are participating in the games this time. Football world legends are also going participate in this tournament. FIFA world cup history has seen great players. Let’s see five players who played the most number of matches in the FIFA world cup:
The Players Played Most Number of Matches in FIFA World Cup:
Only few football players have made a history by making most number of appearances in the world cup tournaments. Lothar Matthaeus has the most number of appearances with 25 appearances. This feat is followed by Miroslav Klose by 24 appearances. The next in the list are Paolo Maldini, Uwe Seeler and Diego Maradona.
Number of appearances: 21 times
Diego Maradona is a football legend who was big in the 1980s and 1990s. He played for Argentina in four worlds in 1982, 86, 90 and 94. Maradona was the captain for the Argentina team in the world cups of 1986 and 1990. In the world cup of 1990, he has led the team to victory in Mexico. However, in the 1986 they missed a chance to lift the world cup as they go defeated by Germany in the world cup finals.
Number of appearances: 21 times
Uwe Seeler, who is from Germany, has one of the best records of scoring goals. He has found a place in the FIFA world cup playing Germany for four times in the years 1958, 62, 66 and 70. However, unfortunately Germany couldn’t win the title even a single time when Uwe Seeler played for the team in the world cup. Although, Germany did go to finals in 1966 but they got defeated by England. In 1970, Germany did reach the semifinal however was defeated by Italy.
Number of appearances: 23 times
Paolo Maldini is an evergreen football players and one of the best defenders world has ever seen. He has played in the world cup tournaments in four years i.e. 1990, 94, 98 and 2002. Paolo Maldini however was deprived of a world cup win in his run. World Cup is the only trophy which he couldn’t conquer in his illustrious football career. Paolo Maldini also played for the AC Milan football club till his retirement.
Number of appearances: 24 times
Miroslav Klose is another Germany player who is one of the legends in the football world and has also one of the highest numbers of appearances in the FIFA world cup tournaments. He has played for Germany in the FIFA world cup for four times in the years 2002, 06, 10 and 14. Out of which, Miroslav Klose had been in the world cup winning team of year 2014 which took place in Rio. Miroslav Klose was a striker with a great goal scoring record. Miroslav Klose was also a golden boot winner in the World Cup of 2006.
Number of appearances: 25 times
Lothar Matthaeus was a great player who was also a captain of Germany football team. He has the record of the most number of appearances in the FIFA world cup tournament with 5 tournaments to his credit and 25 appearances. He has been part of Germany team in world cup for years 1982, 1986, 90, 94 and 98. He also has the record of the most capped football player of Germany of all time with 150 caps.