Last Friday the draw for the group stage of the Qatar 2022 World Cup was heldcontest that will feature the participation of players with enough experience. Although there is happiness in the world of football for the opportunity to see a new World Cup, there is also nostalgia because it could be the last international selection contest for some referents of the ‘King Sport’.
Beyond the criticism that the organization of the World Cup has received in the Arab country, whenever a soccer tournament of that level is played, happiness takes over every corner of the globe. Of course, only 32 countries will experience the emotions of the championship firsthand because their national teams will be competing.
That will be the case of Argentina and Brazil, countries that could see their number 10 for the last time in the World Cup. At 34 years old, Lionel Messi hopes to get the title that will put him at the level of Diego Armando Maradona, because after Qatar 2022 he would run out of cartridges to continue on the road to the World Cups.
Messi arrives at this World Cup with the 2021 Copa América as his greatest achievement, being the ’10’ and captain of his country. With the motivation of knowing continental glory, he hopes to bring new happiness to his homeland, since the last time he kept the cup was in Mexico 86 when Maradona raised it.
For his part, Neymar seems not to want to play until an advanced age. At 30 years old, he has begun to talk about his retirement, confessing that he would not have the same conditions in the future. “I think it will be my last World Cup,” he said in October 2021 in conversation with DAZN.
Therefore, the objective of both players is to bring the World Cup to the South American continent. Argentina has been champion twice (1978 and 1986), while Brazil has lifted the trophy five times (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002).
Another footballer who will have the pressure of seeking the world title is Cristino Ronaldo, who at 37 years of age seems to be reaching the end of the sports road. Of course, he has made it clear on several occasions that there is a long way to go before he says goodbye to the courts. “I know that it won’t be many years before I stop playing, I hope four or five more, but I hope to continue winning things,” she said in an interview with DAZN.
CR7 has had the fortune to be champion with his national team in Euro 2016 and the League of Nations in 2019. Now he hopes to give Portugal his first World Cup in Qatar 2022, which will be played between November 21 and December 18.
In addition to them, there are other players who could play their last World Cup when they are over 30 years old, such as Luka Modric (36) with Croatia, Manuel Neuer (36) with Germany, Karim Benzema (34) with France and Eden Hazard (31) with Belgium.
Groups Qatar 2022
Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, the Netherlands.
B Group: England, Iran, USA, European playoffs* (Wales/Scotland vs. Ukraine).
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland.
Group D: France, playoff 1 (Peru/United Arab Emirates vs. Australia), Denmark, Tunisia.
Group E: Spain, playoff 2 (New Zealand/Costa Rica), Germany, Japan.
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia.
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon.
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea.
*Repechage 1 defines between the winner of the duel of Peru against the winner of the match between the United Arab Emirates and Australia. Repechage 2 winner Costa Rica vs. New Zealand. The last European quota will come from the key between Wales and the winner of the match Scotland vs. Ukraine.