The End of an Era: the men likely playing their final World Cup

Time is the relentless and cruel enemy of any athlete, and football stars are not an exception.

Every great player wants to say goodbye to sports and his dedicated fans with big victory or at least an impressive performance at big tournament like the World Cup.

Unfortunately, some of them are not so lucky this time; for example, legendary Gianluigi Buffon will come to Russia only as a spectator, as the Italian team failed to qualify, and one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history won’t throw a farewell party. Whom might the World Cup in Russia be the last for?



Kompany is considered one of the best defenders in the world, but unlike other stars, he has never chased new profitable contracts.

Vincent began his career at Anderlecht and moved to Hamburg in three years. The Belgian spent a couple of years in Germany and moved to England, where he became the legend of Manchester City. It took him only five years to find the club in which he is planning to end his career.

Even though Kompany is recognized as a physically strong athlete, he can be called a ‘fragile player’, when we hear his name, we immediately associate him with endless injuries… Even now when Belgian licks his wounds, we are all convinced that he will be able to help the team in Russia, because his virile character is something for which everyone remembers Vincent.

Unfortunately, permanent injuries guarantee that World Cup 2018 will be the last for the player. In 2016, injuries already caused Kompany to miss the UEFA Euro. At the age of 32, the defender played only 73 games for Belgium national team, while he made his international debut aged just 17!


A trip to Russia will be the last chance for Javier Mascherano to get the gold. The center-back played in the four finals of Copa America and always lost. Of course, Javier won two gold medals at Olympic Games, but he is unlikely to be satisfied with these achievements.

After 8 years in Barcelona, ​​the Chinese club Hebei announced the signing of Mascherano in summer 2018 and probably it is the twilight of player’s career, however many can argue that the player is in fantastic shape now!

In addition to the title challenge, Javier has also set more modest target! He needs to play only three games to become a player with the most appearances in the history of the Argentina national team, breaking the record of another legend Javier Zanetti.

The center-back is known for his leadership skills and the ability to organize the team, which is why he got the nickname ‘Little Chief’. It does not matter that the captain’s armband is on Messi’s hand, everyone knows that Mascherano is in charge on the pitch!

The team’s leader unfortunately has two big weaknesses – explosive behaviour and hard-tackling style of play, so do not be surprised if Javier will get a red card at the crucial moment.

Incredible as it may seem, Javier did not score a single goal for River Plate, Corinthians and West Ham United, while having played ​​three hundred matches for such attacking teams as Liverpool and Barcelona and managed to find the net only twice!

At the same time, the ‘Little Chief’ scored three goals for the Argentina national team that is more than for a club career!


The legend of Mexican football Rafael Marquez began his career with Atlas and now wants to end it in his first club back home. Rafael was the captain of Mexico national football team in the previous four World Cups and always guided his team into the playoffs!

This year, this beautiful story won`t probably be repeated, as the US authorities implicated the player in money-laundering… Nevertheless, all football fans believe that they will see El Kaiser on the football field again!

Marquez won title with Monaco, four times led Barcelona to a triumph in La Liga and twice hold the UEFA Champions League cup in his hands.


Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, an attack force for the Uruguay national team, are able to reduce to dust any defensive line!

Both strikers are 31 years old and although there is no alternative to these players in the team now, perhaps in four years they will have to give way to new stars, such as young Maxi Gomez from Celta. Quick and prolific strikers with a fantastic technique once created a sensation after finishing fourth in the 2010 World Cup, having lost bronze medals to Germany that won this dramatic duel.

Then, magnificent Diego Forlan helped this pair, but unfortunately, the Uruguayans could not preserve the victory. Edinson Cavani became a star in Napoli, and then joined Paris Saint-Germain, becoming one of the most expensive footballers in history.

The Uruguayan moved to France in 2013 and since than he has won each Ligue 1 title, scoring just under one goal per game. Edinson scored for Uruguay national team on his debut and now is the second best in the list of top goalscorers.

Who is the best Uruguayan goalscorer of all time? Of course, it is his partner, Luis Suarez. That is not a surprise, Luis has not received his nickname ‘El Pistolero’ (Shooter) for nothing! This football genius is just a bundle of energy that can come out of thin air and score, and of course, do not forget that this guy can bite you!

Suarez continues to score goals for Barcelona in almost every game and it is unlikely that his team’s rivals in Russia will be able to keep a clean sheet. This tournament will most likely become the swansong for both forwards, so we can expect many goals from this incredible couple!

Surely, there are a few dozen players, for whom the trip to Russia will be their last World Cup, and they all are great footballers! However, aging stars from Germany or Spain have already won enough in their lifetime.

It is unlikely that we will see Ronaldo in Qatar, but just two years ago, Cristiano got the European Championship title, and this is a huge achievement for the Portugal national team. As for Messi, he has every chance to take gold this year and go to Qatar in 2022.

This tournament will be the last for an entire generation of Croats, but it is hardly worth seriously considering them as candidates for medals. You may learn about the teams` chances of medals at the 2018 World Cup and find free betting tips at

Anyway, when we look at the best players of this tournament and the current results of their teams, we get the feeling that whatever country becomes a triumphant; the gold will definitely go to South America!


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