Top Football Stars Playing Their Last World Cup Tournament

This article entails some of the Top Football Stars playing their last FIFA Word Cup tournament before retiring from their international careers.

Legends will always leave a legacy in whatever they do and since the inception of the FIFA World Cup in 1930. The world has witnessed a series of great players in every generation that went beyond their limits to add value to the game.

FIFA World Cup is one of the most coveted sports tournaments in the world and is scheduled after every four years. This means most players have limited time to participate in these competitions. Most football legends called it a career in their late 20s or early 30s.

Brazilian football icon Pele was one the few players who established their names in the football world through World Cup and even went ahead and delivered victory to his country. Despite the success, Pele played his last World Cup game in 1970 in Mexico and called it a career at the age of 29 years.

The late legend, Diego Maradona also from Brazil hanged his boot from the World Cup competition at the age of 33 years in 1994 after failing a drug test in the USA, in 1994. Former Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane played his last World Cup game in 2006 at the age of 34.

The list of legends is endless, but in this special feature, we’ll highlight some of the top players of this generation who will be playing their last World Cup game.

Top Football Stars Playing their Last World Cup Tournament

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cr7 as he’s well known is regarded as the Greatest of All Times. He is one of the finest footballers the world has ever produced. The Portuguese footballer was born on the 5th of February 1985 and he’s currently in his late 30s.

Ronaldo has represented his country for almost two decades now starting from the U-15 all the way to the Senior team. He joined the senior team in 2003, he helped his country win the 2016 UEFA European Championship as well as the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League.

This being his last World Cup game, Cristiano will be hunting for the most coveted trophy that is missing from his list of accolades. Individually he has pocketed almost every trophy in the football world including five Ballon d’Or awards.

2. Lionel Messi

Messi was not only born a star but he is humble in nature, he’s one of the few footballers who have managed to stay away from controversy. Lionel Andres Messi was born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina on the 24th of June 1987, and his currently in his mid-30s.

Being the Captain, Messi will be putting all of his efforts this year to make sure things don’t end up messy by being eliminated in the early stages. His career record is splendid and he is regarded as one of the best strikers of this generation.

He was called into the national team in 2004 and played for the youth team before being promoted to the senior team in 2005. Under this stint, he has helped his country bag numerous trophies including the Copa America in 2021, and in 2014 they finished runners in the 2014 World Cup. This time around he’ll be looking for a chance to net the World Cup Trophy.

Additionally, they are the reigning champion of the CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions 2022.

3. Gareth Bale

Bale is often described as a long-ranger winger who possesses the ability to deliver accurate long shots. Bale is a Welsh footballer who created a good reputation around his career. He was born on 16 July 1989, he is currently in his mid-30s, and the probability of him playing in another World Cup competition is minimal compared to his age.

Speaking of accomplishments he has helped his country qualify for different international competitions including the 2022 FIFA World. Individually, he has bagged numerous awards including the PFA Team of the Year.

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