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From Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo - These are the stars who might play their last World Cup in 2022

05:45 GMT+4 19/09/2022
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Portugal, Argentina
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will appear in their fifth World Cup at Qatar 2022 and it might very well be their last

Less than two months are left before the 2022 World Cup kicks off in Qatar and excitement is slowly but surely starting to build up.

The biggest stars in the world of football will be locking horns come November with the ultimate aim of lifting the coveted trophy after the final in December.

For a lot of high-profile names it will likely be their final chance of adding the World Cup to their trophy cabinet, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric among the players likely to have retired from international football by the time their next chance arrives in 2026.

Both Messi and Ronaldo made their World Cup debuts in 2006 and they will appear in their fifth World Cup in Qatar.

Despite being among the greatest players of all time, neither Messi nor Ronaldo have been able to lay their hands on the coveted cup.

For others, it might not necessarily be about hoping to win it all, but by ending their international career on a high and show their fans what they can do one last time.

Let's take a look at the star players who are likely to play their last World Cup in Qatar.

  • Lionel Messi Argentina 2022 World Cup qualifiers

    Lionel Messi

    Country:  Argentina

    World Cup debut: 2006

    Position: Forward

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 2022

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Country: Portugal

    World Cup debut: 2006

    Position: Forward

  • Neymar Brazil 2022

    Neymar

    Country: Brazil

    World Cup debut: 2014

    Position: Forward

  • Robert Lewandowski Poland 2022

    Robert Lewandowski

    Country: Poland

    World Cup debut: 2018

    Position: Forward

  • Luis Suarez Uruguay 2021-22

    Luis Suarez

    Country: Uruguay

    World Cup debut: 2010

    Position: Forward

  • Edinson Cavani Uruguay Guatemala

    Edinson Cavani

    Country: Uruguay

    World Cup debut: 2010

    Position: Forward

  • Luka Modric Croatia

    Luka Modric

    Country: Croatia

    World Cup debut: 2006

    Position: Midfielder

  • Manuel Neuer Germany Deutschland

    Manuel Neuer

    Country: Germany

    World Cup debut: 2010

    Position: Goalkeeper

  • Thomas Muller Germany 2021

    Thomas Muller

    Country: Germany

    World Cup debut: 2010

    Position: Forward

  • Dani Alves Brazil Olympics 2020

    Dani Alves

    Country: Brazil

    World Cup debut: 2010

    Position: Right-back

  • thiago silva

    Thiago Silva

    Country: Brazil

    World Cup debut: 2010

    Position: Central defender

  • Eden Hazard Belgium EURO 2016 Qualifying

    Eden Hazard

    Country: Belgium

    World Cup debut: 2010

    Position: Winger

  • Jordi Alba Spain Euro 2020

    Jordi Alba

    Country: Spain

    World Cup debut: 2014

    Position: Left-back

  • Hugo Lloris France

    Hugo Lloris

    Country: France

    World Cup debut: 2010

    Position: Goalkeeper

  • Olivier Giroud France Ivory Coast Friendly 25032022

    Olivier Giroud

    Country: France

    World Cup debut: 2014

    Position: Forward

  • Sergio Busquets Spain Czech Republic Euro 2016

    Sergio Busquets

    Country: Spain

    World Cup debut: 2010

    Position: Midfielder

  • Angel Di Maria Argentina Venezuela WCQ

    Angel Di Maria

    Country: Argentina

    World Cup debut: 2010

    Position: Winger

  • Pepe Portugal 2021

    Pepe

    Country: Portugal

    World Cup debut: 2010

    Position: Central defender

  • Mats Hummels Germany

    Mats Hummels

    Country: Germany

    World Cup debut: 2014

    Position: Central defender

  • Diego Godin Uruguay Italy World Cup

    Diego Godin

    Country: Uruguay

    World Cup debut: 2010

    Position: Central defender

  • yoshida japan

    Maya Yoshida

    Country: Japan

    World Cup debut: 2014

    Position: Central defender