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5 great players who might be playing their last World Cup in 2022

Arjun Singh Devgan
Ronaldo made his World Cup debut in 2006
Ronaldo made his World Cup debut in 2006 / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

The draws for the upcoming World Cup to be held in Qatar recently came out and it has given the fans some exciting matches to look forward to. While the event will see a number of superstars participate in it, there are some top players who we might be seeing for the last time at the international showpiece event.

Here, we take a look at the top players who might be playing their last World Cup.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal v North Macedonia: Knockout Round Play-Offs - 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing in his sixth World Cup, having made his debut in the competition in 2006 and this might be the last time we will be seeing him on the grandest stage of all considering that he will be around 41 when the next tournament rolls on.

The Portugal skipper has scored seven goals in 17 appearances in the competition so far and how he performs will decide whether he can add the title to his trophy collection.

2. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
Ecuador v Argentina - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifier / Franklin Jacome/GettyImages

Like his great rival, Lionel Messi too will be appearing in his sixth World Cup and unlike Ronaldo, the Argentinian led his country to the 2014 final, only to lose at the final hurdle to Germany.

The 34-year-old has scored six goals in 19 appearances, while winning the Golden Ball in the 2014 edition. With Argentina going in as one of the favourites, it will be interesting to see if he can lead his country to the trophy.

3. Luka Modric

Luka Modric
Croatia v Bulgaria - International Friendly / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Luka Modric was absolutely brilliant in the 2018 edition in Russia, leading Croatia to the final, and while he failed to win the trophy - the midfielder did win the Golden Ball award for his performances.

The 36-year-old is another who played his first World Cup in 2006 and it looks highly likely that he will retire from international football in the near future.

4. Robert Lewandowski

Poland v Sweden: Knockout Round Play-Offs - 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
Poland v Sweden: Knockout Round Play-Offs - 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier / Adam Nurkiewicz/GettyImages

It came as a surprise to many that Robert Lewandowski only made his first World Cup appearance in 2018 and while he did not have a tournament to remember, he will look to make amends this time around.

The striker is Poland's talisman and is key to their success, though the nation do not have the resources and talent when compared to the other giants.

5. Sergio Busquets

Sergio Busquets
Georgia v Spain - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

One of t he greatest defensive midfielders in the history of the sport, Sergio Busquets was lauded for his efforts in Spain's 2010 World Cup triumph and while he has performed below his best in the tournament since then - there is no doubt that he remains a very important player for his country.

While he still is only 33-years-old, he never has had the pace throughout his career and in all probability will not be seen at the next edition.