The World Cup is the most prestigious award in the world. It is worth 20 Billion Kenya shillings making it the most expensive out of all the titles. Having all these mouthwatering qualities just makes the player's sensational need to win it grow fonder. However, time waits for no man because eventually, age catches up with you. The world cup is played once every four years with the next set to arrive in 2022. It will be held in the incredible country of Qatar. Here are 7 players who will be hanging their boots come 2022.
1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan recently celebrated his 40th birthday with fans and players wishing him a happy birthday. Zlatan's form at AC Milan has seen him receive several call-ups to represent Sweden. The swede's age is catching up with him as it was witnessed when he missed the Euro 2020. Zlatan will be turning up to the final World Cup of his career come 2022. The football world will surely miss one of the best players in the world.
2. Neymar Jr.
The PSG forward will only be 30years old come 2022. Why then will one of the best maestros of the game be retiring so young? Neymar himself came out to reveal that this sport has become so much to handle. Neymar has been one of the players who has received too much hate especially after he switched clubs from Barcelona to PSG. Neymar also vowed to give the 2022 World Cup his all because it would be his last.
3. Christiano Ronaldo
Christiano Ronaldo never ceases to surprise his fans, as he continues to defy the odds time and time again. In the match against Qatar, Ronaldo scored yet another international goal bringing his tally to 112. Christiano will be 37 years old in the 2022 World Cup. The Portugal team is continuing to produce world-class talents meaning that eventually, Ronaldo will have to step down to let the youngsters at least get a chance in the team.
4. Lionel Messi
La Pulga's hunt for an international trophy became fruitful when he won the 2020 Copa America for Argentina. The world can remember the beautiful scenes as the Argentinian legend hugged and kissed the beautiful trophy. Messi has again achieved a superior feat by becoming the first player to score 80 goals for South America. The 34-year-old will have turned 35 years old come 2022. Messi has always revealed his desire to retire two to three years along the line. Messi's retirement will leave a slot that will be almost impossible to fill.
5. Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema is the current hot topic in the football world. Benzema is the current top scorer in Europe with nine goals in all competitions. His return to France's national team saw him take over Giroud's position forming a formidable duo with Kylian Mbappe. The two forwards were very crucial in France's success in the Uefa Nations League. The 33-year-old will be hoping to grab the World Cup with France in Qatar. However, he'll also have to make way for the upcoming young talents to usher in a new era in football.
6. Sergio Busquets
Sergio Busquet's recent resurgence for Spain has reminded football fans why he used to be the best central midfielder in the world. The 33-year-old's quality is still under scrutiny while still at Barcelona. Spain's youth system is also bringing up some talented players like Pedri and Pablo Gavira. This means that Sergio Busquests already has one foot outside the door.
7. Robert Lewandoski
The polish form for his club is sickening. He scored 41 goals in 2020/2021season a feat that won him the European golden boot. The world is still waiting to see if Lewandoski will replicate his club form for his country Poland. Lewandoski will be 34 years old in the next world Cup meaning he has one more chance to prove that he does not only shine when in Bavaria.
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