Some stars deserve better, like Manchester United's Ryan Giggs, who never made it to a major international tournament with Wales.
Is it the ability of the team they play for? Is it bad luck? Or did they choke when it comes to the world stage?
I've picked out three players that will feature during this Euro 2016 who are not as unlucky as Giggs, but certainly have a lot to prove.
Time is also not on their side too, as they begin to age and their powers fade.
The Swede's famously said before the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil that it would be a boring tournament because he wasn't going to be there. Well, now at 34, this may be his last major international tournament.
Sweden are not going to win the Euros, but Ibrahimovic would certainly want to stay in the tournament as long as possible and show that he was right when he said he was like wine, getting better with age.
You cannot help but think that Ronaldo has got one eye on his arch-rival Lionel Messi, who is playing for Argentina in the Copa America. In fact, Messi at least has a World Cup runners-up medal, but Ronaldo has not quite lived up to the hype when he is on the international stage.
Two years ago at the World Cup he had fitness problems but still played. Now in France, it seems that history is repeating itself as we saw him struggle when Portugal played Iceland and Austria.
He's 31 this year, so maybe he has got at most one more World Cup left in him. Realistically though, this Euros are his best chance of any major international honours.
The Manchester United captain is clearly losing his touch as a great striker. He has had two bad seasons for his club and has been asked to move into midfield. He's still a great passer of the ball and understands the game well, so I have to agree that a move to midfield is probably better with younger, faster strikers ready to receive the ball from deep.
He's 30, so perhaps another World Cup and Euro tournament is on the cards for him before retirement. But with all the hype surrounding England, he would really want to finally live up to it in France this summer.
Personally, I'd love to see any one of these three players make it to the final and go as far as to lift the trophy. Realistically it's a huge challenge but in a year where the fairy tale of Leicester City happened, who is to say that these guys will not be in the final on July 10.
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