Undoubtedly, many football fans will be emotional when the time comes for them to say goodbye to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in particular.
Argentina as a nation hopes Messi can clinch the gold trophy before leaving the national team. Argentina came close to lifting the 2014 World Cup trophy if Mario Gotze hadn’t scored the winner for Germany in the 116th minute.
Messi is 35 at the moment and is unlikely to feature in a World Cup tournament again. His first competition in the World Cup dates back to 2006. He is Argentina’s top scorer with 90 goals.
At 37, this will likely be Cristiano Ronaldo’s last World Cup appearance as a footballer. Ronaldo made his first World Cup debut for Portugal in 2006.
Ronaldo is the all-time top scorer in men’s international football with 117 goals and there is no doubt he will add to his tally in November 2022 when the World Cup tournament kicks off.
Robert Lewandowski will likely send Polish fans past the 2022 World Cup four years after making his debut at the prestigious tournament.
Lewandowski is currently 34 years old and he currently plays for Spanish giants FC Barcelona as a main striker. He is England’s top scorer with 76 goals.
Manuel Neuer will definitely go down in history as one of the best goalkeepers the world has ever had. Neuer made his World Cup debut in 2010 and it only took him 4 years to win the gold trophy.
Age is catching up with him very quickly and this could be his World Cup trophy for him. He is 36 at the moment.
Luis Suarez is 35 and made his World Cup debut for Uruguay in 2010 in South Africa. He is Uruguay’s all-time top scorer with 68 goals.
The Qatar World Cup is likely to be his last due to his injury proneness lately as age is catching up with him as well. He currently plays for the Club Nacional de Football.
Hugo Lloris is among the lucky goalkeepers who managed to win the World Cup tournament alongside Manuel Neuer in the current era.
Lloris will likely play in his final World Cup tournament with France 12 years after making his tournament debut with France. He is 35 at the moment.
The Brazilian defender made his World Cup debut in 2010 in South Africa with the Samba Boys. He is currently playing for Chelsea and he is currently 38 years old.
He is unlikely to play in another World Cup tournament now that his age is catching up with him. He is yet to win a World Cup trophy and this could be his last shot.
Luka Modric made his World Cup debut for Croatia in 2006 and came close to winning it in 2018 before being beaten in the final by France.
Luka is 37 at the moment and there is no doubt that this will be his last World Cup as a Croatian footballer.
Thomas Muller made his World Cup debut for Germany in 2010 when South Africa hosted the tournament. He is currently 33 years old and he won the 2014 World Cup trophy with Germany.
The likelihood of Muller taking part in the 2026 World Cup tournament is so low and that’s why various football experts have concluded that this might be his last dance in a World Cup tournament.
Edinson Cavani is 35 years old and he made his World Cup debut for Uruguay in 2010. This might also be his last World Cup tournament with the Uruguay national team due to the age factor.
Cavani is also injury prone these days and it’s no secret that an era is coming to an end in the Uruguay national team. It’s wise to say that Uruguay fans will one day sit back and remember how aggressive Cavani was and a wonder to watch in the national team.