If the current Argentina squad is to be believed, then Messi could be playing in his last World Championship in 2022. The Argentines have long qualified for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. It is a chance for Argentina to give Lionel Messi a final major trophy before he retires. But the question is, how far will they go? And will Argentina make it to the final?nCristiano RonaldonCristiano Ronaldo is a star player and the most talked about player of the next World Cup, but what is his future? Portugal has not qualified for the World Cup in 16 years and is in danger of missing it in 2022. Portugal is currently in second place after their group stage match against Serbia. It is possible that Portugal could make the tournament, but it is unlikely that they will qualify on the basis of Ronaldo’s ability.nAlthough the Portuguese national team won Euro 2016 in the final, they failed to progress any further. Cristiano Ronaldo has made his World Cup debut four times in his career and has never reached the knockout stages. With the 2022 World Cup in his hands, he will take one more chance to prove himself and cement his legacy in the sport. Regardless of whether he will qualify for the World Cup, the silky playmaker is sure to enjoy his last chance to play for Portugal in the biggest stage in the world.nPortugal are unlikely to qualify for the 2022 World Cup automatically, after failing to win Group A. However, Portugal are likely to qualify through the play-offs. Ronaldo has every chance of making it to the finals in Qatar. In the meantime, he hopes to continue to play as well as he has done. However, the World Cup is not the only thing that has been threatening Portugal’s World Cup hopes.nThe 2022 World Cup will take place in North America for the first time, and the perennial Ballon d’Or contenders are all in their thirties. Only Lionel Messi and Neymar are still in decent shape. But Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski are in less than ideal condition and could well miss the tournament. But it’s important to remember that age doesn’t mean invincibility.nEssam El-HadarynIt’s no secret that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the swansong for many legendary players. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are both likely to play in their last World Cup. Currently, Messi is second all-time in World Cup appearances, behind only Lothar Matthaus and Gianluigi Buffon. Having already played in five World Cups, Messi will be the oldest player to play in the competition.nArgentina, meanwhile, is looking to send Diego Maradona home with a World Championship trophy in 2022. The last time Argentina won a World Cup was 1986. Argentina placed fourth in Group C, which included Poland, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico. Poland, meanwhile, came through the European playoffs, where they were paired with England in the qualifying rounds. Both players are in their early 30s and could make it to the knockout stage if they do play in 2022.nWhile Argentina has a long-term qualifying record, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is Messi’s last major tournament. The team has been working with him since last summer, and Argentina wants to help Messi win one final major international trophy. If the world is going to be his last World Cup, he will have to give it his all. It’s time to let him have one last shot at the trophy.nThe question remains, will Messi’s final World Cup in Qatar be his last? At 34, Messi has played in four World Cups for Argentina and has not won any yet. He was named MVP of the 2014 World Cup, but Argentina fell short in the final. With this in mind, Argentina is considered one of the favorites in the 2022 World Cup. With such a high-caliber squad, Messi’s last World Cup is a very real possibility.nJavier MascheranonArgentina manager Javier Mascherano has made the controversial decision to bring out centre-back Javier Alejandro Mascherano from West Ham after a long and successful relationship with the Argentine national team. A centre-back in the past, Mascherano has recently become the head coach of Argentina’s under-20 squad. The Argentine international made his debut in the World Cup in France, scoring twice, and helping his country reach the final.nThe injury-plagued Mascherano is Argentina’s best player this tournament and played alongside Gerard Pique in the 2011 Champions League final. The two Argentines went on to defeat Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley Stadium. While the move to the Premier League caused uproar from Liverpool supporters, Mascherano was instrumental in denying Liverpool’s Nicklas Bendtner the equaliser. Against Arsenal in the round of 16, Mascherano was again the hero and saved his team from a penalty shootout.nMascherano began his career at River Plate, earning his first senior honours in 2003-04. He later moved to Corinthians and won the Brazilian Serie A in his first season. He also played for West Ham United and Liverpool on loan, reaching the UEFA Champions League final in 2007. His move to Barcelona came just as Messis’ World Cup triumph was fading. After three years at West Ham, Mascherano was released by the club and transferred to Barcelona.nDespite his long-term absence, Mascherano is still an important figure in Argentina’s dressing room. However, he’s not a good enough ball distributor and can’t keep up with the midfielders. He is also considered a weak link by France, and he will have to step aside as the dream of winning the World Cup ends. A decision to play him at defence will ultimately determine the fate of Argentina.nArgentinanLionel Messi is the most coveted player in the world but he’s still a bit disappointed at his season-ending injury in Paris. He and Julian Alvarez, who’s set to join Manchester City this summer, are both prime candidates for the Argentine side, who are looking to improve their chances of qualifying. Messi was the star of Argentina’s world cup campaign in 2014, where they finished runners-up to Germany.nTunisia, a team that has never advanced beyond the group stage of a World Cup, will likely be the weakest of the African qualifiers. However, the Tunisians’ defensive solidity is not to be underestimated. The national team is made up of a number of talented young players, including the highly-rated Hannibal Mejbri, who is on the brink of starring at Manchester United.nEngland, Germany, Belgium, Uruguay, and France are among the most popular teams to qualify for the tournament. Despite this, the host nation has suffered a series of setbacks in the past. While they have reached the semi-finals in recent tournaments, they have failed to produce tangible success. Portugal, meanwhile, will feel anything can happen with Cristiano Ronaldo at the helm. So, while the South Americans will be the main contenders for the World Cup, England’s squad is a contender in its own right.nThe 2022 World Cup has a wide field of participants. France, Spain, Germany, and Brazil are among the top contenders. Other potential contenders include Panama, Iceland, and Canada. However, there’s one team that’s not even on the map: Egypt. Although Argentina won the Copa America last year, they have not qualified for the World Cup. However, if they do qualify, they’ll face other countries from the region.nPolandnIf you’ve been following football for any amount of time, then you’ve likely wondered: Is the 2022 FIFA World Cup Messi’s last World Championship? The Argentine star has become a household name, but there is a lot more to his game than a stellar scoring record. For instance, Messi is arguably the best player in the world, but his team is a total shambles last year. And while the Argentine squad was a complete shambles in the World Cup, manager Tim Vickery once said that Argentina’s strategy was to pass the ball to Messi.nMessi has played 19 World Cup games, second only to Lothar Matthaus’s record. If Argentina reach the Final, he will surpass the record, and become the first player to reach two World Cup Semi-Finals. And if he plays 90 minutes in all of Argentina’s matches, he will have played 2,254 minutes in his World Cup career. This is a record that Messi is eager to break.nSimilarly, Robert Lewandowski, who won the Ballon d’Or last year, will be 37 in the 2026 World Cup. If he can follow Cristiano Ronaldo, he’ll have a fantastic final. He has been a great player throughout his career and is unlikely to retire before 2026. However, he’ll probably have to go to the World Cup in 2026, so it’s hard to say for sure.nArgentina will be in Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is expected to lead his team there. The 2022 FIFA World Cup may be Messi’s last opportunity to win a major international trophy. The country has already qualified for Qatar 2022, and it’s now the time for Argentina to give him his last trophy.nIf Messi and Ronaldo do not sign new contracts, who will? What about the Argentine team’s chances of winning the 2026 World Cup? We have some ideas for you to consider. Firstly, Messi is under contract with PSG for two years with an option for a third. Messi is also expected to play in Qatar in 2022 and the United States in 2026. Inter Miami is another possibility.nLeo MessinIn the year 2022, Argentina is aiming to win the World Cup in Qatar, with Lionel Messi in the starting lineup. The South American country has already qualified for the tournament. And if the current form continues, Messi could be able to play at the 2022 World Cup. And if that doesn’t happen, he might have to wait until 2026. That would be his last World Cup, as he will be thirty-nine when the tournament begins in 2022.nIt will be interesting to see how Messi handles his future in the 2026 World Cup. At 34, Messi does not look like the player he was a decade ago, but he has made Argentina proud by scoring a total of five goals and four assists in 159 matches, including 59 World Cup qualifiers. In the last World Cup, Argentina reached the final, where they lost to Germany in a penalty shootout.nThe three countries hosting the 2026 World Cup will be Mexico, Canada, and the United States. The Estadio Azteca in Mexico will host three World Cups. The Estadio Azteca will host three World Cups, so if Messi is able to play at that time, he will likely be able to compete. However, this tournament is not without controversy. Messi fans argued whether the 2026 World Cup should be held in Mexico rather than in Argentina.nWhile the Argentinians may have been disappointed by the results of Russia 2018, the European teams proved their superiority. In the round of 16, Messi and Argentina lost 4-3 to France. It could have been a different story. And in soccer, anything can happen. Therefore, it’s worth watching it. It’s one of the greatest spectacles in human history. If you’ve always wanted to play at a World Cup, this may be the year for you.nRonaldonThe two superstars are already old enough to have played in a World Cup final, but they are unable to make a return to the competition until at least 2026. The age gap is significant considering that Messi is 34 and Ronaldo is 37. If they qualify for the 2022 World Cup, both players would be in the same group as Portugal. If they don’t, they will be able to play the 2026 World Cup final in Qatar.nAlthough Messi and Ronaldo are already over the age limit, the Portuguese national team has not. They both aim to reach their 40th birthday during the 2026 World Cup. Both players are still in good physical shape and would be able to play the tournament in their country. If they don’t manage to win, they can continue their careers for Portugal. The Portuguese have a good chance of qualifying for the tournament and will play against Argentina in Group C.nThe two players have won the last three FIFA Player of the Year awards. Messi, however, has yet to win the World Cup trophy. The two have not been able to replicate their club success for their national teams. So, the question is, who will win the 2026 World Cup? Messi is an Argentine legend. He has a better chance of winning the tournament than Ronaldo.nThe two superstars will be 41 and 42 years old when the tournament begins. Fans are concerned about their longevity, considering that the two have achieved everything at club level. If either of them miss out on the final, both will be disappointed. So, what happens then? Let’s see how both will be able to play at the 2026 World Cup. We’ll find out in the coming weeks.nRonaldo’s future in footballnIn this article we’ll look at Messi’s ability to play the 2022 World Cup and Ronaldo’s future in football. Both players have proven their value to Argentina’s national team and will be important factors in the tournament. Despite their age, Messi is three years younger than Ronaldo. Ronaldo is a goal-scoring machine. He scored the most goals for Portugal in the qualifying tournament.nWith a 5-0 victory over Estonia, Lionel Messi climbed to fourth place on the all-time international goal scorers list. Only Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals than Messi. Bale is also a free agent after Real Madrid released him. But after helping Wales qualify for the 2026 World Cup, he’s a free agent.nBut if Messi is to play the 2026 World Cup, he’ll be at least 30 years younger than Ronaldo. But it’s important to note that both players will be over 40 years old at the World Cup in 2026. The age gap will mean that Messi needs to hang on for a further year before he can compete for the USA. And if both players can stay fit, he’ll be at least one year younger than Ronaldo.nA debate is raging over whether Ronaldo’s future is tied to Messi’s in the country. Although he is a legend in Portugal, he is 41 years old by the time the 2026 World Cup is held in North America. This makes Ronaldo the only non-Messi winner since 2007. Messi won the Ballon d’Or last year, but Modric was also considered a contender for it.nArgentine team’s chances at 2026 World CupnThere’s a big question mark on the Argentine team’s chances at the 2026 World Cup. Will the country be able to reproduce its title-winning campaign from 2014? Or will they remain a perennial underdog? Let’s look at the statistics. The 2014 team had poor cohesion within the squad and some problems off the pitch. This year’s team looks more like the squad of 2014 — with Lionel Messi at the head.nMessi has been the key to Argentina’s success since the 2010 World Cup and will likely make a final run. However, he is almost 40 years old and will not be in the team for 2026. Despite his age, Messi is arguably the best player in the world and is the only player to have won the World Cup without any other «GOAT» title. If the Argentine team can’t qualify for the 2026 World Cup, they will likely have to settle for a place at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.nAs a host country, Mexico has the best chance of winning the World Cup. Since its bid for the 2026 World Cup, both Monterrey and Guadalajara have built state-of-the-art stadiums. In fact, the Estadio Azteca will be the first stadium to host two World Cup finals. And Vancouver has a great chance to host the 2026 World Cup, as it recently hosted the Women’s World Cup.nThe United States will host 60 of the 80 matches at the 2026 World Cup, while Canada and Mexico will host ten. During the group stage, there will be a record 48 teams in the tournament. In addition, the tournament will be played in four different cities, making it the most geographically diverse World Cup ever. This is good news for the Argentine team and the entire continent.nMajor League Soccer’s involvement in 2026 World CupnIf the 2026 World Cup is a success, it could be the beginning of a long-term trend of MLS’ involvement in world soccer. Plans began six years before the 1994 World Cup, and Major League Soccer’s involvement may help increase the popularity of the sport in North America. But what about the other nations involved in the event? Should they also get involved? Will they get the same chance as MLS?nThe United States and Canada will be the third nation to host the tournament, making it one of the most unique in history. While Mexico City and Baltimore are unlikely to host the 2026 World Cup, their cities are ideal venues for MLS teams. The 2026 World Cup will have more than one host city, and each city will be hosting multiple games. It’s also possible for MLS to be one of those host cities.nAtlanta is a contender for the World Cup in 2026. Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium is expected to generate nearly $400 million in revenue from the World Cup. The Atlanta World Cup is expected to generate $4.6 million in global media exposure. The World Cup’s location is another factor in the bid. Atlanta is the center of CNN, Turner and the U.S. Soccer Federation. Atlanta also hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics.nThe Eastern Region includes New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Toronto. Montreal and Quebec City are also in contention to host the tournament. MLS has a presence in Montreal and has hosted the Canadian Football League and the 2002 World Cup. But the Mexican bid was revised in the final months. Major League Soccer’s president Dan Snyder is part of the bid committee that put the bid together. The United Bid’s design features regional clusters of teams based in each country.