The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be played later this year in November and December. It will be the first FIFA World Cup held in the Middle East, Qatar being the host. France will be the defending champions of this highly anticipated competition. This tournament will be of significant interest as it will be the last world cup appearance for two of the greatest football players of this generation, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
These great game ambassadors will feature in their 5th individual world cup. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is aged 37, while Argentine star Lionel Messi is 34. To utter shame, neither of these greats has attained world cup glory yet. With their respective clubs, both Ronaldo and Messi have gone on to win numerous titles, but their lucks have always waved white flags at the biggest of tournaments.
Ronaldo’s closest stride to the ultimate dream was in 2006 when Portugal made it to the semi-finals but lost to France. Messi led Argentina to the final of the 2014 edition of the FIFA world cup, returning with disappointments as they lost to Germany in a fairly close contest.
THE LAST DANCE
The draws for the upcoming world cup were announced on Friday. Argentina is placed in Group C with Saudi Arab, Poland and Mexico. On the other hand, Portugal along with Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea will feature in Group H. A confrontation between Argentina and Portugal is highly unlikely. These teams are expected to be amongst the top seeds and will not play tournament favorites. The only possibility of Ronaldo facing Messi can be in the knockout stages, which would pose a night of darkness amongst at least one fan base. Neither Ronaldo nor Messi have made their final announcements regarding retirements, but considering their ages, the 2022 World Cup has a very high chances of being the last one for both of them.
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