In 2021, the Guardian revealed that an estimated 6,500 migrant workers died in Qatar during the construction of the stadiums that will host the World Cup. Since then, cartoonists have commented on the World Cup with a steady stream of cartoons, mostly featuring footballs, skulls, stadiums and graveyards. As the World Cup is set to start on Sunday, we take this opportunity to share 10 of our favorites. If you'd like to see even more Qatar World Cup cartoons, you can visit our collection.
Spanish cartoonist KAP offers a suggestion to those planning to go to the World Cup:
A simple visual that doesn't need any explanation, by Dan Murphy:
We've seen many cartoons featuring skeletons beneath the football field, but this one by Maarten Wolterink, titled Revenge of the workers, takes the cake.
Another cartoon with workers buried beneath the football field, but this one by Luc Vernimmen manages to include a lot of detail; we especially like the FIFA official approvingly testing the grass:
Although we've seen many footballs transformed into skulls, this visual by Morhaf Youssef is quite unique:
Zach from the Philippines offers this powerful visual:
This cartoon by MATE from Argentina plays with another symbol that we see frequently in cartoons about this topic, the worker's helmet:
Jawad Morad manages to use the Iwo Jima pose trope in a very clever way:
We couldn't do a selection of cartoons about Qatar without including at least one skull, so here it is in a cartoon by Mir Suhail:
The final cartoon in our modest selection is by French cartoonist Bernard Bouton and shows the only score that really matters: