Tue. Dec 20th, 2022

BCA Sports News

It was indeed a World Cup of Final farewells for many legendary players as the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar came to an end yesterday.

Lionel Messi left the World Cup stage for the final time in the most dramatic way possible yesterday, heading a lengthy list of global giants bidding farewell to football’s biggest tournament.

Messi dazzled in Dola as Argentina beat France four to two on penalties at the Lusail Stadium after one of the greatest finals in history finished three-three with the diminutive forward scoring twice.

The Thirty-Five year old picked up the Golden Ball for the best Player of the World Cup finishing one goal behind Kylian Mbappe in the race to the Golden Boot.

It was a radically different story in Qatar for Christiano Ronaldo who has dominated football for a generation alongside Messi as the thirty-seven year old is currently clubless after his team’s shock zero-one defeat by Morocco in the Quarter Finals in what was likely his last chance at the World Cup trophy at thirty-seven year.

Brazil’s Neymar at thirty is significantly younger than PSG Clubmate Messi who is thirty-five and despite saying he is done with International Football is deemed still able to lead Brazil to future tournaments with the great pace himself urging him not to quit.

However Luka Modric who won the Ballon d’or in 2018 seem to have likely played his last FIFA World Cup for Croatia at the age of thirty-seven having inspired them to a third place finish at the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Correspondent Francis Nwaubani reports that Poland and Barcelona forward, Robert Lewandowski, thirty-four, Luis Suare, thirty-five and Edinson Caveni of Uruguay, Germany’s Thomas Mueller, thirty-three, Belgium Star Eden Harzard as well as Gareth Bale of Wales seem to make up the list of great players who are likely to quit the stage and will be missed at the next edition of the FIFA World Cup in the next four years.

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