The FIFA World Cup 2022 is just around the corner. We are all set for the 22nd edition of the biggest football carnival and exciting competition. The host nation Qatar is gearing up and the kick off is due on 21st November.
However, it’s a painful reminder that we would see some legends of the game playing their last World Cup. We might still have the Qatar World Cup 2022 to enjoy these players delighting millions of fans all across the globe.
Let’s take a sneak peek at some legends of the game who might play their last World Cup in Qatar.
The five-times Ballon D’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is on 37 and this might be his last World Cup. The 2016 Euro Champions Portugal have never won the World Cup and this might be Ronaldo’s last chance to lead his side to glory.
The 37-year-old scored 24 goals in all comps last season for Manchester United despite finishing 6th on the table and missing the Champions League spot. Though Ronaldo’s future is uncertain at the English club, we will see him donning the captain’s armband for Portugal in Qatar.
It is painful that we had to include another one of the greatest of all times in our list. At the age of 35, this might be Lionel Messi’s last World Cup.
Lionel Messi was far less convincing last season for the French giants PSG. But he is certainly shining brighter wearing the Argentina shirt. He won the Copa America and Finalissima in the span of a year for his country.
The seven-times Ballon D’Or winner Lionel Messi was the player of the tournament in the 2014 World Cup. They lost to Germany in the Final. What a story it would be if he led his nation to win the coveted prize in Qatar in his last World Cup.
At the age of 36, this might be Luka Modric’s last World Cup. The Croatian was the player of the tournament in the 2018 World Cup. They lost to France in the final by 4-2 goals.
The one-time Ballon D’Or holder is still donning the midfield for Real Madrid, winning the La Liga and the Champions League last season. We would see the Croatian leading his country in a World Cup for the last time before hanging up his boots.
One of the best strikers of the game, Luis Suarez is on 35. This might be his last World Cup. The Barcelona legend is notoriously famous for his bite in the 2014 World Cup and saving a goal with his hands in 2010 against Ghana. Suarez’s act against Ghana helped lead Uruguay to the semi-finals.
However, we will see Luis Suarez against Ghana once more in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which might well be his last World Cup.
The Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos is 36. Unfortunately, he is the only player on our list whose World Cup appearance for Spain is in doubt.
The current PSG defender has struggled with fitness. The defender has not been picked for Spain since March 2020. However, if he kicks off the upcoming season with PSG well, we might see him once more in a World Cup.