Big Stars Who Could Be Playing Their Last World Cup
Big Stars Who Could Be Playing Their Last FIFA World Cup
The 2018 FIFA World Cup got off to a flyer this past weekend, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a stunning hat-trick and Lionel Messi missing a penalty. With the tournament already full of drama, here are 12 big names who could be playing in their last World Cup ever.
Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see 12 high-profile footballers who could be playing their final World Cup in Russia.
The World Cup is where fans get to see the biggest superstars in the sport compete on the same stage, where the spotlight shines bright on the most talented players worldwide.
Most footballers dream of representing their nation at the tournament, while some players at the current tournament in Russia are playing in their second, third and fourth editions of the spectacle.
There is a possibility that Portugal captain Ronaldo is appearing at the competition for the final time in his career, considering that he will be 37 years old come 2022. His Ballon d'Or rival Messi could also be playing in his last World Cup finals, although he is two years younger than his counterpart.
Messi briefly retired from international football following Argentina's 2016 Copa America final defeat to Chile, leading many to believe that if he is disappointed again at this World Cup, he might hang up his international boots for good.
The Argentine's colleagues Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero could also be playing in their last World Cup tournaments, while the same goes for Spain captain Sergio Ramos. The Real Madrid defender will be 36 years old when it is time for La Furia Roja to travel to Qatar in 2022 should they qualify for the showpiece.
Andres Iniesta, 34, is also likely to never feature in a World Cup again after Russia, along with his former FC Barcelona colleague Gerard Pique, who has already hinted at international retirement after this tournament.
France skipper Hugo Lloris also fits the category, but he will be hoping this appearance at the World Cup will be a third time lucky. The 31-year-old has been a great servant for Les Bleus, and will be desperate to captain his colleagues to a major trophy.
Forward Olivier Giroud and midfielder Blaise Matuidi are also included in our gallery, as are Brazil duo Thiago Silva and Fernandinho. The Selecao pair are both already in their thirties, and are unlikely to be called upon again in four years' time.
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