This year’s world cup will be a farewell to legends of the game. As many players have already declared that they will be playing in their last world cup; reasons being the fitness issues and increasing age. The top 5 icons of the game who will be performing, dribbling, defending, attacking and securing goals for the last time in a world cup are listed below.
5 Players Who Will be Playing Their Final Football World Cup 2018
LIONEL MESSI (ARGENTINA)
The football icon addressed the media several times saying the Russia World cup will be his final appearance on this stage and is also his last opportunity to score a victory for his home-team. Lionel Messi emerged victorious on so many occasions and accepted a plethora of global, continental, and domestic titles with Barca. However, its not the case with Argentina. Argentina suffered close-defeats during the 2014 final and the 2015,2016 Copa America defeats. As the star is at 30 years of age, the end-results are imminent of Messi not playing the next world cup. This would be the last chance for Argentina to score a victory with the same set of players. He is entitled to five Ballon d’Or. Argentina’s Aguero, Otamendi and Mascherano will also be 30 in this time.
CRISTIANO RONALDO (PORTUGAL)
The most popular, historic and influential player of the game is also in his thirties. He ages 33 as of now. He plays club football in Real Madrid. This Portuguese forward intends to play the Qatar World cup and is defying his age. However, it’s a long shot and is six years away. The present situation depicts this might be his last appearance for Portugal in a World Cup. He started playing back at the young age of 18 and progressed to be ranked as a captain for his home team in 2008.
THOMAS MULLER (GERMANY)
Squad member of the Bayern Munich and VC of his home team Germany is of 29 years and senior analysts of the game predicts the Russia’s World Cup to be his last. The fitness being the major concern along with other potential barriers that would appear in the next six years will be the major deciding factor. He plays on the forward for his team and appears optimistic for this year’s world cup will be going to Germany. This player was one of the reasons of the 2014 victory for Germany and is also a two times leading goal scorer in the season 9/10 for Bayern. Thomas Muller is a versatile player and is entitled to six Bundesliga titles, four DFB-Polka, four DFL-Super cup, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup and a Club World Cup with Bayern Munich.
ANDRES INIESTA (SPAIN)
The Spanish mid-fielder is reportedly to play his last world cup in Russia. He is now 34 years of age but still wants to continue his football career in Japan after Barca. He says in an interview that this might or might not be his last appearance in a world cup as he will conduct a through analysis of his fitness and his will, stamina to play further after the world cup. So, to say this would be his last world cup is too soon. Nevertheless, this icon who scored the winning goal against Netherlands in 2010 received an honour of the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Merit (SPORTS).
SERGIO BUSQUETS (SPAIN)
Sergio Busquets is another Spanish celebrity footballer who is expected to play his last world cup in Russia. Busquets is now 29 years of age. His position is a defensive mid-fielder for Barca and Spain. Although this asset will continue his football career after the world cup but the wait of six years into the Qatar World cup will be a hectic ride for Busquets to maintain his fitness, stamina and skill.