Norwegian star from Borussia Dortmund club Erling Haaland, charismatic Sweden player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, veteran Spanish star Sergio Ramos, are among the big names who will not attend Euro 2020.
Erling Haaland (20 years/Norway)
According to a transfer market portal in Europe, Erling Haaland is currently worth around 110 million euros (Rp 1.9 trillion). He became the most prominent player in the past year to be forced to miss the prestigious European tournament Euro 2020, at least as a player. Erling Haaland had appeared in two qualifying matches, but the Norwegian national team failed to advance to the decider.
“I was really annoyed. We had chances, but it wasn’t good enough,” said Erling Haaland. Former Norway captain John Arne Riise criticized Haaland’s performances on the pitch for the Norwegian side, which he called “much less emotional” than he was with his club Borussia Dortmund.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (39 years old/Sweden)
The AC Milan striker had shocked football fans, not only in his country but throughout the football community, after announcing that he would return to his national team. His overhead kick in 2004 against Italy was one of the greatest goals of all time at the European Cup.
However, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s big dream to appear at Euro 2020 failed, because a knee injury made him unable to be fielded.
Sergio Ramos (35 years/Spain)
The Spanish defender from Real Madrid could become the player with the most participations of all time in the European Cup, with 180 caps for the Spanish national team during his career, just 4 games adrift of record holder, Ahmed Hassan of Egypt on 184.
But Spain coach Luis Enrique apparently had other plans and did not nominate Sergio Ramos for the Spanish national team at Ruro 2020. Even though Sergio Ramos was the winner of two European Cups and one World Cup between 2008 and 2012. However, over the last few months, he has struggled with injury. Luis Enrique admits the decision was not easy, but says: “I have to do my best for the team.”
Sergio Ramos himself said it was a painful experience, but he also promised to support Spain to the fullest. “I will stand as a fan and cheer for the team from home.”
Ansu Fati (18 years/Spain)
This young FC Barcelona player is considered one of the great talents by many football observers. His performances on the gridiron have always been mesmerizing and he has often been involved in goals in La Liga and in the Champions League.
He is also the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Spanish national team and has been dreaming of his first appearance for the Spanish side on the international stage of Euro 2020. However, a serious knee injury put a stop to that dream.
Virgil van Dijk (29 years/Netherlands)
He is considered the world’s best defender, who has always been a formidable back line for his club, FC Liverpool.