With the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar already underway, the quadrennial match gives a platform for a few of the globe’s greatest stars to compete for an opportunity to characterize their nation in a match like no different.
Nonetheless, some stars could possibly be taking part in of their closing match attributable to how previous they’ll be for the subsequent World Cup in 2026.
This 12 months, although, will hit tougher than earlier ones, as a few of the greatest names within the historical past of the game are possible writing their closing chapters within the World Cup.
Let’s check out which gamers could possibly be taking part in within the match for the final time in Qatar:
– Lionel Messi, Argentina
It’s already been confirmed by the person himself – Qatar will probably be his final. Messi will go down as not simply probably the greatest soccer gamers to ever take the sector however probably the greatest athletes of all time. Messi is at the moment 35 years previous and will probably be 39 in 4 years, so now’s the second for Argentina to make a run so “La Pulga” can hoist the World Cup trophy for the primary time. He has appeared in 4 World Cups previous to this: 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.
– Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
As if it couldn’t get any worse for soccer followers, Ronaldo can also be a doable identify on the checklist. He has but to substantiate if Qatar will probably be his final World Cup, however he turns 38 and will probably be 42 when 2026 rolls round. The World Cup can also be empty on his stacked resume, so let’s see if Portugal, who also needs to have a powerful squad, could make historical past. Ronaldo has additionally appeared within the 4 World Cups previous to 2022.
– Luis Suárez, Uruguay
Controversial moments in World Cups however at all times a menace in entrance of objective, Suárez can also be competing in his final match in Qatar. He’ll flip 36 in January and 40 by 2026, so Uruguay might need him out there one final time. He performed within the 2010, 2014 and 2018 editions.
– Robert Lewandowski, Poland
Top-of-the-line strikers of this technology, Lewandowski is one other one to observe. He made his first look within the World Cup in 2018, however is at the moment 34 years previous and will probably be turning 38 in August of 2026, which will probably be across the time of that match if Poland qualifies.
– Karim Benzema, France
A doable winner of the 2022 Ballon d’Or, Benzema is popping 35 this December. He’ll be 38 in 2026, however France has a bevy of younger up-and-coming strikers who possible will change his spot within the squad. Benzema has solely performed in a single World Cup, which got here in Brazil in 2014.
– Manuel Neuer, Germany
Germany is thought for producing high quality goalkeeper after high quality goalkeeper, and Neuer will go down as probably the greatest shot-stoppers to ever do it. He has performed within the 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups, which Germany received in Brazil. Neuer turns 37 in March subsequent 12 months and could be 41 in 2026.
– Gareth Bale, Wales
That is Wales’ first World Cup look since 1958, so naturally 2022 will mark Bales’ first look. Nonetheless, it may additionally be his final. He’ll flip 37 by the point the 2026 World Cup begins, if Wales is to qualify for a second straight time.
– Luka Modrić, Croatia
Modrić simply turned 37 in September, so he’d be 40 in 2026. The Croatian maestro has appeared in three World Cups: 2006, 2014 and 2018. The latter is the one he’s most identified for, as Croatia made an inconceivable run to the ultimate earlier than falling to France. That 12 months, Modrić was awarded the Ballon d’Or for his performances internationally and with Actual Madrid in Spain.
– Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico
If there’s one goalkeeper who has delivered some marvelous World Cup performances in current tournaments, Ochoa is the one. He’s 37 proper now and will probably be 41 by 2026, which would be the 12 months his nation is a co-host. The Mexican star performed within the 2014 and 2018 tournaments.
Supply: NBC Sports activities / Euro Soccer