Biggest Players Who Could be Playing their Last FIFA World Cup in 2022

Biggest Players Who Could be Playing their Last FIFA World Cup in 2022

Football fans should consider themselves truly blessed to have seen some of the best ever talents of the game on display over the past few years.

By the time the football World Cup in Qatar ends next year, fans could be bidding goodbye to an entire generation of stars.

Here is the list of the biggest names who might not be participating in the next World Cup.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal

Topping the list of legends who could be playing their last World Cup in 2022 is Cristiano Ronaldo, the most prolific goalscorer in the history of international football. Ronaldo was one of the finds of the tournament in the 2006 World Cup as he helped Portugal reach the semi-finals.

Since then Portugal has not been able to get past the Round of 16 despite Ronaldo’s best efforts. However, Portugal has a splendid group of young players who could finally help Ronaldo and Portugal lift the World Cup. Ronaldo has seven World Cup goals now and will be looking to get his tally into double figures.

2. Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Messis Last World Cup

Messi’s dream of lifting the prestigious trophy is most likely going to remain unfulfilled as the chances of the legend’s participation in the Qatar WC are almost zero. After repeated unsuccessful attempts to win a tournament with Argentina, he might be calling it quits. Permanently this time.

3. Luka Modric (Croatia)

Luka Modric

Luka Modric is definitely one of the best midfielders of his generation.

The Croatian made his debut with Dinamo Zagreb in 2003, before signing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2008. Modric made his name with Spurs, impressing consistently with his incredible performances. Having turned 36 earlier this month, there is increasing speculation that Modric has reached the end of his career. With his contract running out in 2022, it seems very likely that Modric will bring to an end an incredible career.

4. Luis Suarez (Uruguay)

Luis Suarez

One of the most divisive personalities in the history of the World Cup, Luis Suarez has been at the center of two huge controversies. In 2010, his intentional handball took Uruguay to the semi-finals and he infamously bit Chiellini during the 2014 World Cup. He has also put on outstanding performances, including a decisive brace against England in the 2014 World Cup.

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the most famous footballers of the modern game. There is no doubt that Zlatan will go down in history as one of the most exciting players to ever play the game. Struggling with injuries, Zlatan turns 40 next month. It is very likely that Zlatan will finally hang up his boots and move on to the next phase of his life.

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