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On the other hand, the Qatar 2022 World Cup finals have been drawn for the group stage. The draw was held in Doha, Qatar, Friday (1/4/2022) evening WIB.
The World Cup at the end of the year will witness a number of star-labeled players, but it will be their last chance. Yes, the 2022 World Cup is potentially the last one for some famous players because of age.
The names of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo seem to have one chance to finally get one major trophy, namely the World Cup. Nor are the two of them the only big-name players looking set to play in their final World Cup.
Who are the big-name players who will make the 2022 World Cup in Qatar the last in their career?
1. Mesut Ozil
In 2018, Mesut Ozil caused a stir in world football. The reason, the former Real Madrid midfielder decided to retire from the German national team.
In fact, at that time, Mesut Ozil was still in his golden age, which was 30 years. That said, Mesut Ozil was disappointed with the Football Federation, or DFB.
The reason is, the Deutscher Fussball-Bund (DFB) criticized Mesut Ozil who met with the President of Turkey, namely Erdogan.
Deutscher Fussball-Bund alleges that if the two met it was not for football matters, but for political interests.
Mesut Ozil made his debut in the German national team in 2009, who at that time was still quite young, namely 20 years old.
Until hanging up his boots, Mesut Ozil has won 92 points with 23 goals and 40 assists.
Not only that, Mesut Ozil also brought the German national team to win the 2014 World Cup which was held in Brazil.
2. Toni Kroos
In July last year, the Real Madrid player decided to retire from the German national team.
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This match was his last appearance for the German national team. In addition, Toni Kross will not strengthen the German national team squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The reason Kross retired from defending the German national team was because he wanted to focus on defending Real Madrid. That said, according to him the future at Real Madrid is more important than in the German national team.
Even though he is entering old age, Toni Kross is still a mainstay on the front lines of Real Madrid this season.
This season, Toni Kross is almost never absent from defending the El Real squad. While throughout his career in the German national team, Kross has won 106 Keps, with a score of 17 goals and 19 assists.
Kross’ best achievement also occurred in the 2014 World Cup. In the final against Argentina, Kross appeared as a trio with Miroslav Klose and Mesut Ozil.
3. Gerard Pique
Gerard Pique revealed the reason why he retired from the Spanish national team.
That said, he has a bad relationship with the la Furia Roja squad. Because the sporters often criticize Pique on the field.
Although, having retired from the Spanish national team in 2019, Pique had time to defend the Catalunya national team.
4. Samir Nasri
Nasri is a former Manchester City midfielder. In 2014, Samir Nasri decided to retire from the French national team.
He decided to retire from the national team when he was still quite young, namely 27 years.
In fact, the appearance in the World Cup is one of the biggest dreams of Samir Nasri.
This has made Samir Nasri’s relationship with the coach of the French national team heated up.
The reason, at that time Nasri was playing in a pretty good and good performance, even winning the Premier League Trophy with Manchester City.
5. Hakim Ziyech
Hakim Ziyech is playing for Chelsea. Not long ago, Ziyech retired from the Moroccan national team.
The decision made by Ziyech shocked the football public. The reason, he was undergoing his best season when he was 28 years old.
Ziyech is currently having great success with his club Chelsea. After winning the Champions League, they also completed it by winning the UEFA Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.
Hakim Ziyech’s decision to retire early is said to have had problems with the coach of the Moroccan national team.
That said, Ziyech pretended to be injured when he wanted to be called up for a test match. This was denied via his personal official Instagram.
6. Kevin-Prince Boateng
In 2011, Kevin Prince Boateng’s last year in defending the Ghana national team. The reason, in that year, he decided to retire.
Boateng chose to hang up his shoes at the age of 24, because he was concerned about his health.
In fact, Boateng had suffered a knee injury for six times in a row.
Kevin-Prince Boateng was last in the Ghana national team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.***