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7 football stars will play their final FIFA World Cup in Qatar

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7 football stars will play their final FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Qatar may host Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s final World Cup match. On Sunday, November 20, the inaugural FIFA World Cup in the Middle East is scheduled to begin. Amid a busy club football season, the competition is being contested in winter for the first time.

The importance of Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup does not end here. For many football players and their supporters, it will signal the end of an era. Due to their impending retirement, some of the greatest soccer icons will be making their final FIFA World Cup participation.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the seven superstars that might be playing in Qatar for the final time at the FIFA World Cup:

#7 Manuel Neuer — Germany

Since the beginning of time, Manuel Neuer of Germany and Bayern Munich has been without a doubt the first-choice starter for both his club and nation. The 36-year-old Neuer will lead Germany in Qatar this year, but he could not be available for the 2026 World Cup.

Neuer, one of the greatest goalies in the history of the sport, has been phenomenal for Germany at the FIFA World Cup. He has participated in 16 games so far, giving up 11 goals while recording seven shutouts. In Germany’s successful 2014 campaign, Neuer was a rock at the back, giving up five goals while recording four clean sheets in seven games.

#6 Thomas Muller — Germany

When the 2026 World Cup rolls around, German legend Thomas Muller (who turns 37 on September 13) will be a senior citizen. This implies that his final performance may be at the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

Muller, a skilled goal scorer with a knack for setting up scoring opportunities, was among Germany’s top players during their successful World Cup run in 2014. Throughout the competition, he registered five goals and three assists, including a hat-trick against Portugal in the opening game. Muller has participated in 16 World Cup games in all, scoring 10 goals and providing six assists.

#5 Luis Suarez — Uruguay

Luis Suarez, one of the best center-forwards in history, might not be around for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. By the following iteration, the former Barcelona player, who will be 39, might allow younger footballers to enter the field.

Suarez has a strong World Cup resume despite his suspension for biting Giorgio Chiellini in the 2014 tournament. He has scored seven goals and collected four assists in his first 13 games.

#4 Karim Benzema — France

Between 2015 to 2021, Karim Benzema was banned from France’s team due to the controversy involving Mathieu Valbuena. The Real Madrid great played five FIFA World Cup games before his suspension, scoring three goals and dishing out two assists.

When the next World Cup occurs, the French superstar will be older than 37. Therefore, it is improbable that he will be selected or continue to play despite the abundance of youthful offensive prospects France possesses. The current Ballon d’Or winner is in strong form heading into the 2022 World Cup and will try to take advantage of the chance this year.

#3 Luka Modric — Croatia

Since making his debut in 2006, veteran Croat Luka Modric has served as the foundation of his country’s team. Even though Modric, 37, is still at the top of his game, time will eventually catch up with him. It is unlikely that he will play in the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Canada, Mexico, and the United States because he will be older than 40 (as of September 9) in 2026.

The superstar from Real Madrid has participated in three World Cups so far, appearing in 12 games and scoring twice. During their historic journey to the 2018 World Cup final against France, he was Croatia’s finest player. The captain of Croatia won the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA Golden Ball after the competition.

#2 Lionel Messi — Argentina

Lionel Messi, a maverick from Argentina, will strive to lead his nation to the FIFA World Cup victory in Qatar this year. If he performs well in his fifth World Cup, he may surpass Diego Maradona, the winner of the 1986 World Cup, as Argentina’s preferred footballer. Considering that he would be 39 (June 24) for the following edition, it is also likely to be his last opportunity to win the World Cup.

In 2014, Messi came agonizingly close to winning the World Cup, but Argentina fell to Germany in the championship game. He was named the tournament’s player of the year for his outstanding efforts while representing Argentina (4 goals, 1 assist). Messi has totaled six goals and five assists in his 19 World Cup appearances.

#1 Cristiano Ronaldo — Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo, the captain of Portugal, will play in his fifth and likely final FIFA World Cup in Qatar. When the next World Cup rolls around, the storied forward, who leads all international men’s football scorers with 117 goals in 191 matches, will be 41 years old.

Ronaldo has played in 17 World Cup games so far, but his efforts have fallen short of expectations. Only seven goals have been scored by the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, and they were all scored during the group stage. It will be intriguing to see if he can increase his total from this year and finish the World Cup on a high note.

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Salman Shaikh
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