- Alphonse Areola wins World Cup with France without making an appearance
- The Paris Saint-Germain shot-stopper has not won a cap with Les Bleus
- Italy's Franco Baresi and Giovanni Galli are stars who won the trophy without playing
France international goalkeeper Alphonse Areola became the first World Cup winner in 36 years to claim a medal despite never being capped.
Les Bleus third-choice keeper stepped off the team plane in Paris with the gold dangling round his neck.
The PSG shot-stopper then planted a kiss on the Jules Rimet trophy with celebrations outside the Elysee Presidential Palace.
There are also players who went home with winners’ medals despite not playing a minute of the tournament.
Borussia Dortmund’s Erik Durm received a medal after Germany won the World Cup in Brazil 2014, but did not make a single appearance in Brazil.
In 2010, despite being Barcelona’s No1, Victor Valdes was back-up to Iker Casillas and never made an appearance for champions Spain in South Africa.
The former Middlesbrough goalkeeper also made just one appearance for the first team during his spell with the national team.
In 1982, AC Milan icon Franco Baresi, who won six Serie A titles and three European Cups did not play a single minute for Italy when he won the World Cup in Spain.
Like Areola, Giovanni Galli was the third-choice goalkeeper for Italy at the Spain 82' World Cup also never made an appearance before the tournament.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported N'Golo Kante was shy to hold up the World Cup trophy when he was his turn to lift it.
His French teammate Steven Nzonzi encourage the timid Chelsea star to lift the trophy as all players celebrated being crowned champions of the world.
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