QATAR World Cup 2022

Who will be playing at their last World Cup in Qatar?

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The 2022 World Cup in Qatar kicks off on 20th November, with many of the best players on the planet locking horns in a bid to win the tournament. As ever, lots of interest will surround the young and lesser-known players to see who causes a few surprises. However, this could be the final bow for many iconic players.

Age is catching up with an entire generation of star names. Some are former World Cup winners; however, most have never managed to get their hands on the most prestigious trophy in international Football. So, this could be their final chance to add a World Cup title to their CV.

Here at your home of Football Betting, we have picked ten players who are likely to feature at their final World Cup in 2022.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Age: 37

Country: Portugal

World Cup Debut: 2006

Number of World Cups: 4 (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018)

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of two legendary players who could play his last World Cup in Qatar. The Manchester United man first represented Portugal on the world stage in 2006, making his debut against Angola. He has played at four World Cups, with a fourth-place finish as his best result. Ronaldo will be 41 by the time the 2026 tournament rolls around, which may be a bridge too far even for him.

Lionel Messi

Age: 35

Country: Argentina

World Cup Debut: 2006

Number of World Cups: 4 (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018)

Lionel Messi is the second icon that could bow out of World Cup action in 2022. Like Ronaldo, Messi made his tournament debut in 2006 and has played in four editions. He is yet to lift the trophy but did win the Golden Ball as he helped fire Argentina to the final in 2014. Messi will be 39 in 2026, and he has actually hinted at international retirement after Qatar.

Robert Lewandowski

Age: 34

Country: Poland

World Cup Debut: 2018

Number of World Cups: 1 (2018)

Robert Lewandowski has been one of Football’s most lethal forwards over the last decade. He has scored over 550 club goals for the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, while he has also netted 76 times for Poland. However, it was not until 2018 that he made his World Cup debut. He played in all three of Poland’s matches in Russia but failed to score a goal. At 34-years-old, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar may be the Barcelona man’s final crack.

Hugo Lloris

Age: 35

Country: France

World Cup Debut: 2010
Number of World Cups: 3 (2010, 2014, 2018)

The first World Cup winner on our list is Hugo Lloris. After making his tournament debut in 2010 and featuring in 2014, he captained France to the title in 2018, where he played every game. Goalkeepers often go on longer than outfielders, so you cannot rule out Lloris being involved in 2026, even aged 39. However, France do have many younger shot-stoppers, including Mike Maignan, Alban Lafont and Illan Meslier.

Manuel Neuer

Age: 36

Country: Germany

World Cup Debut: 2010

Number of World Cups: 3 (2010, 2014, 2018)

Another World Cup-winning goalkeeper who may not play in 2026 is Manuel Neuer. He has been Germany’s number one for each of the last three editions of the competition, missing just one match. The Bayern Munich shot-stopper played every minute as Die Mannschaft won the World Cup in 2014, keeping four clean sheets. Neuer’s longevity between the sticks for his country is impressive, but it seems unlikely he will still be around at 40-years-old.

Thomas Müller

Age: 33

Country: Germany

World Cup Debut: 2010

Number of World Cups: 3 (2010, 2014, 2018)

It could also be a World Cup swansong for Thomas Müller, another of Germany’s 2014 title-winning squad. The Bayern Munich forward has represented his country in the last three editions of the tournament, and it is fair to say he has made an impact. In 16 appearances, Müller has scored ten goals while also chipping in with six assists. He needs just six more goals to equal compatriot Miroslav Klose as the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer. But the 2022 tournament may be his final opportunity to do so.

Sergio Busquets

Age: 34

Country: Spain

World Cup Debut: 2010

Number of World Cups: 3 (2010, 2014, 2018)

Sergio Busquets has been a fixture in the Spain team for the last three World Cups. His first tournament was certainly one to remember. He started every game in 2010 as La Roja won the title for the first time in their history. The Barcelona man is still a regular starter for Spain, but he will be 38 by Canada/Mexico/USA 2026.

Luis Suárez

Age: 35

Country: Uruguay

World Cup Debut: 2010

Number of World Cups: 3 (2010, 2014, 2018)

Luis Suárez has enjoyed a fantastic international career. He made his Uruguay debut in 2007 and has represented them at the last three World Cups, making 13 appearances, scoring seven goals and providing four assists. He is expected to play a crucial role again in Qatar, but at 35-years-old, this could be his final throw of the dice. Suárez also recently left European Football to return to Nacional, so it seems like his career is winding down.

Luka Modric

Age: 37

Country: Croatia

World Cup Debut: 2006

Number of World Cups: 3 (2006, 2014, 2018)

Luka Modric has been one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. He has won the lot with Real Madrid, including the highest personal accolade in the game, the Ballon d’Or. At international level, the 37-year-old made his World Cup debut in 2006, where he made two substitute appearances. By 2014 he was a regular starter, and in 2018 he started every match as Croatia went all the way to the final. Modric will be into his 40s when the 2026 World Cup kicks off, so it is difficult to see him participating should Croatia qualify.

Thiago Silva

Age: 38

Country: Brazil

World Cup Debut: 2014

Number of World Cups: 3 (2010, 2014, 2018)

At 38-years-old, this is almost certainly the final World Cup for Thiago Silva. The central defender was first called up to a Brazil World Cup squad in 2010, but he did not play a minute in South Africa. However, he captained his country in their home tournament in 2014 and made five appearances in 2018. The Chelsea man will hope to go out on a high with a title-winning run in Qatar.

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