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World Cup Tournament is regarded as the Mecca of all football players in their careers. Every player, amateur or professional, domestic or international, is wanting to be included in the squad of their national football team for every match that will bring them to the final round of the run in becoming number one national football team in the world. That is why every minute and every second of the players who step in the pitch of the world level of football stage is indeed treasured by them. No matter how long they will run, as long as they are playing to snatch the number one title and to show their might to billion of fans around the world, fatigue will not consume the players’ valuable feet.
In this article, we are going to look on those top 30 lucky and mighty football players who had played longest, in terms of minutes, in the world cup.
30. Lucio and Dino Zoff
Tying with the 30th spot are the Brazilian defender, Lucio, who played for 17 matches in his 3 World Cup tournaments he participated in the year 2002, 2006 and 2010 which he captained 5 matches of their team which letting him run for 1530 minutes in his world cup career, and the Italian goalkeeper, Dino Zoff, who captained their team for 14 times in the 17 matches he played in 3 World Cup tournaments he participated in 1974, 1978 and 1982 which let him in the goal bar for 1530 minutes of his World Cup experience.
29. Wesley Sneijder
For the 29th spot goes to the Hollander midfielder who played for 17 matches in his 3 World Cup Tournament he participated in the year 2006, 2010 and 2014 letting Sneijder to play for 1549 minutes and netting in six goals in his world cup moment.
28. Roberto Carlos
For the 28th spot, this Brazilian defender played for 1560 minutes in 17 matches he took part in the 3 World Cup tournaments he participated in the year 1998, 2002 and 2006 with one goal.
27. Karl-Heinz Schnellinger
On the 27th spot, German defender who played 17 matches in his 4 World Cup tournaments he competed in the year 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970 run for 1575 minutes with one goal.
This German defender trod for 1583 minutes in the 18 matches he participated in his 3 World Cup tournament appearances in the year 1986, 1990 and 1994.
25. Javier Mascherano
For the 25th spot, this Argentine midfielder who played in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup in the 16 matches of their team which 4 of them was under his captaincy, dashed for a total of 1590 minutes.
24. Antonio Cabrini
In his 3 World Cup tournaments in the year 1978, 1982 and 1986, with 18 total matches played, this Italian defender binned 1 goal in his 1608 minutes he played in World Cup.
23. Fabien Barthez
With 17 matches in his 3 World Cup appearances in the year 1998, 2002 and 2006, this French midfielder sprinted for a total of 1613 minutes.
22. Ronaldo Luiz Nazzario de Lima
For a total of 19 matches competed in his 3 World Cup appearances in the year 1998, 2002 and 2006, this Brazilian forward run for 1617 minutes with a total of 15 goals scored.
21-19 Iker Casillas, Gaetano Scirea and Peter Shilton
Having the same duration played in their World Cup experiences; these three will be the next on the list who had played the longest minute in the World Cup history.
With an 11 captaincy for the 17 matches he participated in his 4 World Cup appearances (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014), this Spanish goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, stayed in the field for a total of 1620 minutes in his World Cup career.
To tie with the Spanish goalkeeper, this Italian midfielder also run for a total of 1620 minutes in the 18 matches he competed, which 4 of them was under his captaincy, in his 3 appearance (1978, 1982 and 1986).
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