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Top 10 clubs with most players at the 2022 world cup

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be the first to be contested during the Northern Hemisphere's winter, and as a result, the world's top football leagues will have to pause as their players go to the tournament.

Most of Europe’s top five leagues will have at least one player go for the showpiece event, but which team will have the most players in Qatar?

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We look at the five teams with the most players at the World Cup, from the Bundesliga and La Liga to the Premier League and Serie A.

1. Barcelona (17)

Despite well-publicized financial difficulties in recent years, former La Liga winners Barcelona will send 17 players to the 2022 World Cup, with the most recent call-up being uncapped youngster Alejandro Balde, who has replaced the injured Jose Gaya in the Spain squad.

Surprisingly, the majority of Barcelona’s World Cup players will be representing Spain.

Barcelona’s complete World Cup squad for 2022:

Ronald Araujo of Uruguay, Sergio Busquets of Spain, Jordi Alba of Spain, Alejandro Balde of Spain, Ansu Fati of Spain, Eric Garcia of Spain, Gavi of Spain, Pedri of Spain, Ferran Torres of Spain, Andreas Christensen of Denmark, Frenkie de Jong of the Netherlands, Memphis Depay of the Netherlands, Ousmane Dembele of France, Jules Kounde of France, Robert Lewand (Germany).

2. Bayern Munich (16)

Bayern Munich had been at the top of this ranking until it was reported that Sadio Mane will miss the finals in Qatar due to injury.

Nonetheless, they have a tremendously impressive 16 players from seven different countries in these championships.

Bayern Munich’s whole World Cup squad for 2022:

Dayot Upamecano (France), Benjamin Pavard (France), Kingsley Coman (France), Lucas Hernandez (France), Alphonso Davies (Canadian), Matthijs de Light (Netherlands), Serge Gnabry (Germany), Thomas Muller (Germany), Jamal Musiala (Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Leroy Sane (Germany), Leon Goretzka (Germany), Joshua Kimmich (Germany (Croatia).

3. Manchester City (16)

Manchester City, United’s opponent, has pipped them to joint-second place on this list, with 16 of its players going to the 2022 World Cup. It would have been more if Norway had qualified, but instead star attacker Erling Haaland will miss out on the main event.

City has the most English players in the tournament among all clubs.

Manchester City’s whole World Cup squad for 2022:

John Stones (England), Kyle Walker (England), Kalvin Phillips (England), Phil Foden (England), Jack Grealish (England), Manuel Akanji (Switzerland), Nathan Ake (Netherlands), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Joao Cancelo (Portugal), Bernardo Silva (Portugal), Ruben Dias (Portugal), Ederson (Brazil), Ilkay Gundogan ( (Argentina).

4. Al-Sadd (15)

Al-Sadd, the second of two non-European clubs on the list, has had 14 of their players called up for World Cup duty.

All but two of those players will play for Qatar, with the exceptions being Ghana’s Andre Ayew, who Premier League fans will recognize, and South Korea’s Jung Woo-young.

Al-full Sadd’s roster for the 2022 World Cup:

Saad Al Sheeb (Qatar), Meshaal Barsham (Qatar), Pedro Miguel (Qatar), Musaab Khidir (Qatar), Tarek Salman (Qatar), Boualem Khoukhi (Qatar), Abdelkarim Hassan (Qatar), Ali Asad (Qatar), Mohammed Waad (Qatar), Salem Al Hajri (Qatar), Mustafa Mesha (South Korea).

5. Manchester United (14)

Despite not winning the Premier League for eight seasons (which will likely increase to nine in 2022/23), Manchester United still has one of the most expensive squads in the world, with 14 players set to compete in the 2022 World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo may have made headlines before the tournament with his heated interview about the Red Devils, but he’ll be looking to steal the show in Qatar when the action begins.

Manchester United’s whole World Cup squad for 2022:

Antony (Brazil), Casemiro (Brazil), Alex Telles (Brazil on loan), Diogo Dalot (Portugal), Bruno Fernandes (Portugal), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Christian Eriksen (Denmark), Fred (Brazil), Harry Maguire (England), Marcus Rashford (England), Tyrell Malacia (Netherlands), Luke Shaw (England), Facundo Pellistri (U (France).

6. Real Madrid (13)

Holders of the La Liga and Champions League Real Madrid has had 13 players named to various World Cup squads. Karim Benzema, the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner, was called up by France despite prior international snubs.

Vinicius Junior, Eder Militao, and Rodrygo have all reached the final Brazil roster, who are the tournament favorites.

Real Madrid’s complete World Cup squad for 2022:

Eder Militao (Brazil), Vinicius Jr (Brazil), Rodrygo (Brazil), Luka Modric (Croatia), Antonio Rudiger (Germany), Federico Valverde (Belgium), Karim Benzema (France), Eduardo Camavinga (France), Aurelien Tchouameni (France), Marco Asensio (Spain), Dani Carvajal (Spain) (Uruguay).

7. Chelsea (13)

Chelsea, the Premier League, and Champions League champions from just two seasons ago, will send 12 players to the World Cup with their respective international groups.

Chelsea’s whole World Cup squad for 2022 is as follows:

Mason Mount (England), Conor Gallagher (England), Raheem Sterling (England), Eduoard Mendy (Senegal), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Christian Pulisic (USA), Ethan Ampadu (Wales on loan from Spezia), Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain), Kai Havertz (Germany), Hakim Ziyech (Morocco), Mateo Kovac (Switzerland).

8. Al-Hilal (12)

Saudi Professional League champions Al-Hilal had 12 players qualified for the World Cup in 2022, making them the most decorated Asian club of all time with 65 official trophies.

They are the only team on this list whose players will all play for the same national team: Saudi Arabia.

The following is the complete list of Al-Hilal players for the 2022 World Cup:

Mohammed Al-Owais of Saudi Arabia, Yasser Al-Shahrani of Saudi Arabia, Ali Al-Bulaihi of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Al-Breik of Saudi Arabia, Saud Abdulhamid of Saudi Arabia, Salman Al-Faraj of Saudi Arabia, Mohamed Kanno of Saudi Arabia, Abdulellah Al-Malki of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah Otayf of Saudi Arabia, Nasser Al-Dawsari of Saudi (Saudi Arabia).

9. Six teams (11)

Six different teams will send 11 players to the 2022 World Cup.

These clubs are Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League, PSG of France, Juventus of Serie A, Borussia Dortmund of the Bundesliga, Ajax of the Netherlands, and Atletico Madrid of La Liga.

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