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World Cup missing stars?

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  • Argentina and Portugal are among teams struggling for World Cup qualification
  • Both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may be absent from South Africa
  • Fanzone profiles a first eleven of big names in danger of missing football party
By James Montague
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(CNN) -- They are football's royalty, the marquee players whose almost super human ability on the ball wins cups and championships; their faces adorn billboards and magazine covers from China to Columbia.

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But, amazingly, the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery may all be absent from the World Cup finals in South Africa.

Qualification for next year's tournament has thrown up a host of surprise results with a number of top teams, including Argentina, Portugal, France and Egypt all in serious danger of missing out - CNN lists the potential high-profile casualties.

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