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Six big stars set to have emotional World Cup farewell as Kevin De Bruyne makes heartbreaking admission

Six big stars set to have emotional World Cup farewell as Kevin De Bruyne makes heartbreaking admission

The World Cup is frequently the pinnacle of a player’s career, although some have participated in multiple tournaments.

However, this year’s tournament in Qatar may be the last for some of the world’s best players, as they approach retirement age.

Kevin De Bruyne, a star for Manchester City, has already admitted he may not return to the competition after this year’s tournament, and he will not be alone.

Here, SportsDias examines six additional stars who, given their advancing years, appear destined to perform on the biggest stage for the final time.

Lionel Messi 

The World Cup in Qatar appears to be the last tournament for the football superstar, who turned 35 in June.

This time around, he is one of the favorites to take home the trophy, with some refusing to recognize him as the greatest of all time until he wins the competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Messi’s longtime rival Ronaldo is also expected to retire at the age of 37 in the Middle East. The week leading up to the tournament was dominated by his candid interview with Piers Morgan, in which he criticized Manchester United’s current state.

Expect him to be fired up when Portugal face Ghana, as he aims to win the trophy for the first time and usurp Messi’s status as the greatest player of all time.

Luka Modric 

Modric won the Ballon d’Or for his efforts in leading Croatia to the 2018 final, but he is unlikely to compete again due to his advanced age.

Real Madrid’s midfield maestro is still one of the best players in the world, but he will be 40 years old by the time the 2026 tournament rolls around, making it extremely unlikely that he will play.

Dani Alves 

Alves’ participation in this year’s tournament is in many ways a miracle, given that he is 39 years old and missed the opportunity to compete in 2018 due to a knee injury.

He will be determined to leave on a high note and will be an asset to the team this season, but he is likely to be inactive in 2026.

Olivier Giroud 

Giroud, an underrated contributor to France’s 2018 success, will likely make his final appearances for his country at this year’s tournament.

The former Arsenal and Chelsea player recently turned 36, and he should be replaced by Didier Deschamps as Les Blues look to the future. Didier Deschamps has a plethora of young attacking talent at his disposal.

Guillermo Ochoa 

Although he has not had the same career as some of the other names on the list, the Mexican goalkeeper has always saved his best performances for the World Cup and has become something of a cult hero as a result.

He will once again represent his country in Qatar, but at 37, it seems unlikely that he will do so again, despite the fact that goalkeepers typically enjoy longer careers than outfielders.

Six big stars set to have emotional World Cup farewell as Kevin De Bruyne makes heartbreaking admission

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