PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was one of the crucial attention-grabbing tales of the 2018 World Cup – simply not for his impression on the pitch.
France’s third-choice keeper for the competitors, Areola stepped off the group aircraft in Paris with the gold medal dangling spherical his neck after Didier Deschamps’ group beat Croatia to carry the well-known trophy.
The Paris Saint-Germain shot-stopper – who seems set to hitch West Ham in a everlasting deal – then planted a kiss on the trophy amid celebrations exterior the Elysee Presidential Palace because the squad celebrated.
And but Areola, who has now received three worldwide caps to his identify, had by no means performed a single minute for the senior facet on the time – turning into the primary participant in 36 years to win the World Cup with out having ever performed for his nation.
At World Cups passed by, there are gamers who went dwelling with winners’ medals regardless of not enjoying a minute of the event.
Borussia Dortmund’s Erik Durm obtained a medal after Germany received the trophy in 2014, but he didn’t make an look in Brazil.
However Durm did have one cap to his identify.
In 2010, regardless of being Barcelona’s No1, Victor Valdes was back-up to Iker Casillas and by no means made an look for champions Spain in South Africa.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Valdes had additionally made only one look for the primary group.
You need to return to 1982 to discover a World Cup winner who hadn’t even been capped once they took a gold medal dwelling — and he’s a family identify.
Franco Baresi, the AC Milan icon who received six Serie A titles and three European Cups, hadn’t performed a single minute for Italy when he received the World Cup in Spain.
Baresi did find yourself claiming 81 appearances for Italy throughout 12 years, and virtually helped the nation win one other World Cup in 1994 once they have been overwhelmed by Brazil within the ultimate.
He wasn’t the one Italian to assert a medal in 1982 and never have a cap to his identify, although.
Like Areola, Giovanni Galli was the third-choice goalkeeper for Enzo Bearzot’s group and had by no means made an look earlier than the event.