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FIFA World Cup is set to take place in Qatar, next year – in 2022, from November 21 until December 18.
Football’s biggest stars will join their national squads to fight to get the most desirable trophy out there and be crowned as world champions.
However, we might witness some superstars play their last World Cup. There are players who are edging closer to the retirement age and the Qatar 2022 would become their last opportunity to shine.
And ahead of the highly-anticipated Qatar 2022 let’s take a look at the list of players who are likely to be playing their last World Cup.
Pepe will definitely go down in history as a legendary Portuguese centre-back.
The 38-year-old plays till this day, as he’s now the captain of Porto. Pepe also got called up to Portugal‘s Euro 2020 squad and played their all four games, forming a centre-back partnership with Ruben Dias.
Although the World Cup qualifiers are not finished yet, Fernando Santos’ side are the favourites to make it into the tournament.
And that next year’s competition might be Pepe’s last one, considering his age and the prospect of young talents.
The Uruguayan centre-back might also play his last World Cup, should his country qualify for the November’s tournament.
Godin, who currently plays for Serie A outfit Cagliari Calcio, has already played in three World Cups in 2010, 2014 and 2018.
The 35-year-old has fiercely captained his country to the big tournaments and the next year could see his last outing as the Uruguay captain.
The footballing legend, or simply “God”, as he labels himself, Ibrahimovic has almost restarted his career at national team, when he was called up to Sweden’s Euro 2020 squad.
However, the AC Milan striker suffered an injury, which made him unavailable for the summer’s tournament.
If Sweden get qualified for Qatar 2020 and should Zlatan be called up again, that could become the legendary striker’s last campaign at the world stage.