The FIFA Soccer World Cup Qatar 2022 is approaching and this could be the end of the cycle for many global soccer figures, we will tell you a few.

The FIFA Soccer World Cup in Qatar 2022 is getting closer. This contest begins in November, which will focus attention on football figures who can say goodbye to their careers in the following years and who would not be for the FIFA Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico in 2026.

This would be the last time that figures from the last 20 years would play together in a World Cup, such as Leonel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Robert Lewandowsky, among others.

The following is a list of the 8 main soccer players who in 2026 due to age or early retirement could not reach the next World Cup event.

1. Lionel Messi

‘The flea’ made official his intention not to play any more World Cups, where this is the last chance to win the precious trophy. “Surely (Qatar) is my last World Cup,” said the Argentine star who is now 35 years old. Almost 40 years old by 2026, he would surely not be taken into account for the next appointment.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese figure who in Portugal has achieved the highest European trophy, with 700 goals in his sports career, is 37 years old today. Although he has a physique that other players his age would envy, he would no longer be fit by 2026. His best performance was at Germany 2006 where he finished with Portugal in fourth place.

3. Robert Lewandowski

The top Polish striker is now 34 years old and one of the best strikers of the last decade. The Barcelona player from Spain has 12 goals in 10 games and continues with the arch painted between his eyebrows. In Qatar he hopes to put on a historic performance and rank his country among the top 8 teams in the world.

4. Luis Suarez

The Uruguayan striker is 35 years old. Called ‘El gunslinger’ for his particular way of celebrating goals, he is looking for more minutes in Qatar with the ‘Charrúa’ team. The Uruguayans, now led by Diego Alonso, hope to win their third world title.

5. Manuel Neuer

The 36-year-old German goalkeeper is considered one of the best in history and seeks to say goodbye to the World Cups with his best performance. In Qatar he will be the captain of the Germans and will seek for his career his second world title and the fifth for the German team.

6. Luka Modric

The long-haired Croatian captain came in second place at Russia 2018 with his team and hopes to equal the performance, waiting to play a new final. The Croats surprised the world with their orderly and offensive football that allowed them to leave teams like Russia, England or Argentina on the way.

7. Falcao Garcia

Although he will not be in Qatar 2022, the 36-year-old samarium is one of the best strikers in the area and is known as ‘El Tigre’ because of his goalscoring instinct. Therefore, if Colombia were to play in 2026, as seems quite likely due to the expansion of World Cup quotas for Conmebol, he would be close to 41 years old.

8. Thiago Silva

The central defender of the Brazil team, the five-time World Champion, reaches 38 years in Qatar 2022 and says goodbye to the World Cups by 2026. Silva, who plays for English Chelsea, has a market value of 2.5 million euros and he was one of those who suffered Brazil’s worst defeat in a World Cup, in 2024, at home and it was 1-7 against the German team.

Link: Football figures in Qatar 2022 that would not be in 2026 published in Valora Analitik – Economic, political, stock market and financial news. All rights reserved.

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