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The 2022/23 UEFA Champions League (UCL) is set to begin on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Hundreds of players will compete in this tournament. However, some notable stars are missing in action in this edition of the tournament. Let’s take a look at seven such footballers.
Among them, Cristiano Ronaldo is the most popular. Since he made his UCL debut for Manchester United on October 1, 2003, he has appeared in nineteen editions of the competition. The Portuguese forward established himself as a legend by making 183 appearances (for three clubs) in the competition, a feat that could not be matched over the next three seasons. However, he will not play in this year’s edition due to his club MM Manchester United not being selected. His eagerness for UCL action led him to try to force a move away from the EPL club but his efforts proved unsuccessful. He won’t be doing anything in the Europa League this season.
Philippe Coutinho is another player in this category. Between 2010 (when he debuted for Inter Milan in the competition) and 2022, the Brazilian left-winger made 48 UCL appearances with twelve goals to his name. He is currently playing for English Premier League (EPL) bottom club Aston Villa.
Brazilian midfielder, Casemiro (Carlos Henrique José Francisco Venancio Casemiro) is also notable among them. The 30-year-old star made his European first-tier competition wgen debut for Real Madrid on November 27, 2013 in a 4-1 win over Galatasaray. He has played more than 80 games in nine seasons in the competition. After moving to Manchester United this summer, Casemiro’s chances of playing in the 2022/23 edition are nil.
Former Manchester City striker, Gabriel Jesus is currently one of the six top EPL players to miss out on the UCL. The Brazilian forward has scored 20 goals in 38 appearances in the competition for the Citizens. However, he will be content with the UEFA Europa League (UEL) this season as his current club (Arsenal) is playing there.
The former Ajax duo of Antoni Santos and Lisandro Martinez have also been missing in action this season. They both made impressive appearances in the 2021/22 edition as they helped Ajax reach the Round of 16. Meanwhile, they will be out of the tournament this time. However, their chances of making it to the next version are very bright. Other players in this category include Oleksandr Zinchenko and Paulo Dybala.
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