Every footballer dreams of lifting the World Cup trophy at least once in his lifetime, before hanging up his boots. Representing your nation in one of the most watched sport in the World and being the part of the team that won the World Cup is a privilege that only a few manage to receive. The feeling of lifting the World Cup trophy after a tussle of a month against some of the best players in the world is just way beyond any explanation.
But there are quite a few big names, who might have won every trophy at the club level, but failed to emulate the same thing at the national level. With age not on their side, there are few footballers who might not make it till the Qatar World Cup and would be making final appearances in 2018 World Cup at Russia.
Let’s have a look at the 4 footballers for whom this might be their last World Cup
Sergio Ramos (Spain)
A lot of Spanish superstars might be playing their last World Cup and their departure would surely leave the fans grieving about their absence. But the loss of Sergio Ramos is something the Spanish team might find difficult to fill in, it might actually take them a long time to find a replacement for a player his caliber.
Sergio Ramos had a terrific season for the Real Madrid as he topped off with his performance in the finals against Liverpool in the Champions League. Without the most experienced player and captain by their side, the Spanish team would find it hard to fight off the opponents till the 2022 World Cup. Thus the fans would be expecting him to withdraw from the World Cup with a trophy in his hands as well.
Luis Suarez (Uruguay)
World Cup and controversies go hand in hand for Suarez as he might be playing the greatest football event for one last time before hanging up the boots for the national side. It might be his last chance of getting to the headlines throughout the Russian campaign and probably he wouldn’t sign off from the tournament without giving the fans something to gossip about.
He had a terrific season at Barcelona with 31 goals for the team and conceding only one defeat throughout the season, but it is unlikely for him to continue doing the same thing for four years more. Though Suarez might now show any signs of aging, he would be 35 and probably not in the best shape by the time Qatar World Cup rolls in.
Christiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Christiano Ronaldo, one of the best footballers in the World at present will be playing his last World Cup and would leave no stone unturned in taking his side to the glory in his final appearance in the greatest event in the history of the game.
Ronaldo,33 will be around 37 by the time Qatar World Cup pops in, though he seems unaffected by his age and can still give the youngsters a run for their money, it is highly unlikely to witness his presence for the national side till then.
The Real Madrid superstar continued to give the much needed match-winning contributions throughout the Champions league which helped his side reach the finals and lift the trophy for 3rd consecutive time. But, he hasn’t been highly effective when playing for the national side in the World Cup campaigns despite enjoying some massive successes at the club level.
If only he could extend his performance at the club level to the national level it might be of some help for the Portugal side. Also his team, Portugal is not in the list of favorites for winning the trophy in Russia. Still, Ronaldo would be expected to deliver his best as he walks down one final time in the World Cup campaign.
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Just like Ronaldo, Lionel Messi is often considered the best among the present generation of players. Despite enjoying some humongous success at the club level, he has failed to bring in any major achievements for the nation, with losses in 3 Copa America finals and the 2014 World Cup final to name a few.
For the fans to place him alongside the All-time Legends Pele and Maradona, Messi would have to win a major trophy, but considering Argentina’s present squad and performance, it seems that they would have to wait a bit longer to get the glory they crave for.
The 30-year-old hasn’t aged with his performance and will be 34 by the time Qatar World Cup comes in. He had retired from the Argentinian team back in 2016 following a defeat in the finals of Copa America and most probably he would hang up his boots for the national team whether they win the World Cup trophy or not.