It’s been several years since the last time Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi played each other in the World Cup. The two players have never met in person, but they could have played each other in the 2018 World Cup, which ended when both were eliminated in the round of 16. If they had advanced further, they could have faced each other in the quarterfinals, but they both failed to qualify for the finals.nCan Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi play in the next World Cup?nIf they both turn out to be as good as they’re been in recent years, the world of football might see two of its biggest stars at the same tournament in 2022. Ronaldo and Messi are both 37 years old, but that’s not stopping them from stealing the show. Both have proven that age is no obstacle to success, with Messi having made his World Cup debut in Qatar in 2014 at the age of 36.nWhile both Messi and Ronaldo are now past their prime, there is no doubt that the 2022 tournament in Qatar will be their last. Both will be 35 years old when the tournament starts, and they’re already considered superstars. With their age, they’re likely to play the final for the last time. That’s why their World Cup performance is so important for the sport.nIt’s not so much that either player has a more explosive shot or greater physical ability. But the two players have different strengths. Messi is a gifted playmaker and scorer, while Ronaldo is a natural leader. Both players have great vision, make good decisions, and can send teammates on dangerous runs. In terms of technical ability, Ronaldo has the edge. While Messi is more explosive, Ronaldo has more agility and pace.nAlthough Messi and Ronaldo have never faced each other in a World Cup final, they have played together at least twice in friendlies. Both players were eliminated in the round of 16, and it’s hard to imagine them facing each other in the final in Lusail. They could have played in the quarterfinals and, if they reach that point, they’ll both likely play in the final.nThe next World Cup might be different for both players. Messi and Ronaldo have yet to win a World Cup, but they’ve come close. Messi’s performance for Argentina in the 2014 World Cup may have pushed the team to a quarter-final spot. Cristiano, on the other hand, has come closest to glory, leading Portugal to third place in the 2006 World Cup.nThe next World Cup could mark the end of the international glory days for both Ronaldo and Messi. In 2026, the tournament will be held in Mexico, Canada, and the USA. The Estadio Azteca in Mexico will host three World Cups. And Messi will turn 39 years old during this tournament. So who will win? You’ll have to wait and see.nBoth players have been playing well in their club careers. Messi is playing in his best Argentina team of all time, while Ronaldo’s season at Manchester United has ended in tears. The Portuguese captain also extended his record as the most prolific scorer in international football. He now has 117 goals to his name. Despite their similarities, neither player has won the World Cup.nWill they have a chance of winning it?nIt is difficult to determine whether Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have a chance of winning the World Cup in the near future. Both players are renowned world-class players with countless trophies to their names. The lack of World Cup glory may spark debate about their status as legends, but if their team fails to qualify for the tournament, it could prove to be the last World Cup that these two stars compete for.nBoth Messi and Ronaldo are prolific goal scorers, but Messi has more assists than his teammate. While Ronaldo has a superior goal-scoring record, Messi has doubled his assist total in 2018. While Messi has fewer goals, he does have more assists in the World Cup than Ronaldo. The two players’ stats are similar, but Ronaldo has been injured and is likely to miss the World Cup in 2026.nAlthough neither player has explicitly stated their retirement plans, the possibility of them playing in the 2022 World Cup is a tantalising one. Both have never won a World Cup with their countries, but a win at the next tournament would be a landmark moment. In addition to Messi and Ronaldo, Uruguay’s upcoming World Cup could be their jubilee.nThe next World Cup is expected to be the first tournament in South America, and the likes of Ronaldo and Messi are considered a good bet. Argentina’s team would play Portugal in the semifinals, Brazil in the second round, Spain in the quarters, and Portugal in the final. If Argentina and Portugal were to win the World Cup, it could make the Italians and Portuguese players feel extra motivated.nIf both players are available in the final, there are some other options. If Messi can play, there is no way they will not score. With Messi at the forefront, Argentina should have a good chance. Messi has a great present that will help them reach the final. With a strong midfield, and a good defensive record, there isn’t much to stop them.nArgentina is the defending champion of the World Cup. It is highly unlikely that both players will score in the final. But both players are capable of scoring in the World Cup. The two players have the potential to change the history of soccer. With the new World Cup, the two players will be in the running to win it. While the competition is intense, the two players can help the hosts.nIf both players are fit, they have the ability to lead their teams to glory. Messi is the captain of Argentina and has 115 international goals to his name. Besides Messi, Ronaldo is also an interesting back-up. Cristiano Ronaldo is the captain of Argentina and has a chance to win the World Cup. However, he will have to lead his team through their group in order to avoid a Brazilian upset.nAre they facing aging?nAlthough Messi is just 34 and Ronaldo is 35, the two still play at a phenomenal level. Both players scored more than 30 goals last season and have remained in the Champions League despite their age. In the past, Ronaldo has remained in the team longer than Messi, despite the fact that Messi has scored fewer goals this season. In fact, Messi has scored fewer goals than Ronaldo this season compared to last year.nIt’s hard to ignore the signs of aging for soccer superstars. According to a recent study, players in the German Bundesliga had a 21 percent lower sprint speed after thirty years of age. Both Messi and Ronaldo once played the press game and were renowned ball-winners, but nowadays, they rarely play that role. Instead, Arturo Vidal has been drafted into the team to play as Messi’s legs.nWhile many football fans hope that the players will play into their 30s, a realistic view of the long-term performance of these two superstars would be different. While Messi is still in a very good physical shape, he’ll turn thirty-seven years-old at the 2026 World Cup. This means the two aging stars might not be quite as healthy and vibrant as they used to be.nIs Messi facing the same fate as Ronaldo? Both superstars are still playing and scoring goals, but it’s hard to tell if they’re really facing aging. Ronaldo’s age is already affecting his performance in the Champions League. Messi’s performance in the Champions League is still far ahead of anything he’s ever done before, despite their age.nIf both Messi and Ronaldo are able to stay healthy for the next few years, their careers will continue. Messi is a little older than Ronaldo, but his contract with Barcelona runs out in 2022. He’ll be thirty-six years old by then, which means he could be on his last World Cup appearance. As the world’s top soccer stars, Messi’s longevity is a major factor in his success.nBoth Messi and Ronaldo have reached the age of 35. While Ronaldo is 37 years old and Messi is 36, the two have been battling it out for the title of best player ever. Their rivalry has lasted over 10 years and has made them stand apart from their fellow footballers. But they’ll face each other in a game for the first time in almost three years.nIt is difficult to deny Lionel Messi’s prolific career. With over 550 goals in his career, he has earned the title of best player in the world a record seven times. Despite his prolific scoring, he was not able to win a world cup with Argentina. So, does he deserve it? Or is he underrated? Here’s a look at Messi’s impact on Argentina’s performance.nLionel Messi’s prolific careernArgentina’s prolific career has earned Messi a world cup, but the best player in the tournament might not get the trophy. The Argentine is currently playing in Group D in the World Cup. While his prolific career has deserved a World Cup, his lack of recognition at the tournament has left many fans feeling disappointed. Despite his incredible play and leadership abilities, many people don’t give Messi his due.nIn 1982, when Argentina was defeated in the World Cup final, Messi led the competition in assists five times. This was impressive considering that Argentina was still young and attack-minded. It was also a difficult year for the country, which had only just reached its fourth World Cup. However, by that time, Messi was widely regarded as the best player of all time. After all, he was still a teenager, but his impressive progress at club level was already establishing him as a legend.nIn the past decade, Messi’s stellar performance for Barcelona earned him six Ballon d’Or awards and the Pichichi trophy for eight consecutive seasons. In 2017, he became La Liga’s top goalscorer for the eighth consecutive season, beating out Hugo Sanchez and Alfredo Di Stefano. This year, he was also elected captain of the club and has signed a long-term contract with Paris Saint-Germain.nIt’s a difficult decision to make. Messi has had a productive year and an influential run to a major international title. While his prolific career should be rewarded, his injury history will remain a determining factor. With that in mind, his career is far from over. With a world cup at stake, he deserves the best player award available. It would be an honor for him to be able to represent Argentina at the next World Cup.nMessi’s contribution to Argentina’s goalsnAs the most prolific goal scorer in history, Lionel Messi has contributed to almost all of Argentina’s goals at the world cup. The Argentine has won seven Ballon d’Or awards and the European Golden Boot six times. However, he remains humble and has not sought the recognition of many other players. Here are some of his most noteworthy contributions to Argentina’s goals in 2018.nIn the past, Messi was a one-man team. His contributions to Argentina’s goals at the World Cup were not as spectacular as Maradona’s. However, the lack of a teammate meant that the void was even more apparent in the final. In that case, Messi must have been feeling the lack of a partner. This means that Argentina will most likely have a lone striker in the final.nWhen it comes to individual stats, the best-performing players aren’t necessarily the most talented. Some players may outperform themselves during different stages of their careers. For example, Messi’s contributions to Argentina’s goals may be explained by the tactics he used when he was playing for his national team. In this situation, Messi is more effective when working off the ball, creating chances, and shooting. And in general, Messi’s productivity decreases as he gets older, with few exceptions.nIn the 2014 World Cup, Argentina had an extra-special player in Lionel Messi. The young forward was born on June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Santa Fe, where he was a small boy. In fact, doctors diagnosed him with a hormone deficiency in his youth. His parents decided to get him nightly growth hormone injections, which cost them several hundred dollars each month. It paid off in the end, as he was named player of the tournament.nMessi’s lack of a world cup with ArgentinanIn spite of his incredible talent, Lionel Messi has never won a world cup with Argentina. However, the new captain of Argentina has managed to make a great start. In a 2-1 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina, he scored three goals and assisted on another. In the group game against Switzerland, he scored a penalty, and he also scored in the second half against the Netherlands. Argentina’s performance in the group stage has left many questioning if Messi is the key to the team’s success.nDespite his prolific scoring ability, Messi is yet to feature in a world cup since 2014. While he has made 158 appearances for Argentina, he has only scored eight goals. His lack of match sharpness may have been caused by the cold he caught in South America. The team’s manager, Lionel Scaloni, is expected to hand the armband to Angel Di Maria instead. Argentina are already qualified for the World Cup in Qatar 2022, but Messi’s absence is affecting his chances of getting a starting spot.nAlthough the loss to Chile has left Argentina’s fans sceptical, the superstar was optimistic about the future of the team. Despite the disappointment, Argentina’s performance in the final has been impressive, and Messi’s goal against Venezuela was the highlight of the competition. However, the Argentines limped out of the group stage and lost to eventual winners France. In 2021, Messi is expected to play his last international game for Argentina. During his last season, Argentina placed third in the Copa America, while Brazil won the tournament.nIn the past, Messi has been a key contributor to Argentina’s World Cup run. He helped the team qualify for five consecutive FIFA tournaments. He is Argentina’s all-time leading scorer and has more goals in World Cup qualifying than anyone else. Despite all of these achievements, however, the team has yet to win the FIFA World Cup. Although Argentina never won it, they have come close. The 2014 edition of the World Cup, for example, was his best World Cup.nMessi’s influence on Argentina’s performancenDespite Argentina’s lackluster World Cup campaign, there is no doubt that Messi has been a key part of their success. After all, the young and passionate fans have a strong connection with the squad, while the older generation still has unresolved baggage. The raucous support that Messi receives is important for his happiness. Even though he has had a difficult time at Paris Saint Germain since his summer transfer from Barcelona, the Argentine winger has been as sprightly as ever.nThe star scored seven goals in the two-year qualifying campaign. This was despite missing eight matches due to suspension or injury. In the South American qualifiers, Messi finished second, behind only Edinson Cavani, who managed 15 goals. However, Messi played behind these strikers and made it look easy for him to score. The Argentinian winger has been credited for making Argentina look like a top team in the world cup.nDespite this, there have been controversies surrounding Messi’s influence on Argentina’s world cup performance. While Rojo claimed that Messi had inspired Argentina to win the World Cup, there is video footage purporting to show Sampaoli asking the forward about Sergio Aguero’s introduction. Besides the controversy over whether Messi was a key factor in Argentina’s recent results, the Argentine newspaper Clarin published a report on two incidents that occurred inside the Argentine camp this year. These incidents occurred before the 6-1 friendly defeat to Spain and afterwards.nAlthough Argentina hasn’t won the World Cup since 1998, the recent CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions final win over Italy proves that the country is a strong contender for the title. The team’s unbeaten run in qualifying has shown that it has a chance to go all the way. Fans have a lot to cheer for the team and wear Maradona banners and ‘Messi 10’ shirts in honor of the legendary footballer.nMessi’s career statsnOne of the most impressive figures about Messi is the number of goals he’s scored. Currently, Messi has scored more goals than any other player in history. In fact, his career tally is over 750 goals for club and country. And with over seven hundred assists, he holds the record for most dribbles made in one season. And, that’s not even counting the numerous assists he’s registered during the Champions League.nThe Argentine star began his career with Newell’s Old Boys, which led to a treble in 2015. In 2015, he was crowned the FIFA Ballon d’Or with his fifth appearance. His La Liga title in 2016 earned him his sixth Ballon d’Or. He joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2021. While he has yet to lead his country to a major title, Messi has been an icon in the national team. In 2014, he helped Argentina reach the World Cup final, where they lost to Germany.nIn the 2021-22 season, Messi scored six goals, becoming the first Argentine to do so. Last year, he scored four goals against Bolivia, and on Sunday, he set a new record by scoring five times in a single match. In addition, Messi has now scored ten goals in his last 10 appearances for Argentina. Messi’s career goal total stands at 56, surpassing the previous record held by Ferenc Puskas.nMessi’s goal total is incredible. In 2011, he became the youngest player in history to win 100 caps for his country. Currently, he is the youngest player to reach 100 caps for the CONMEBOL, a record previously held by Gerd Muller. He is also one of the most prolific scorers for Barcelona. Messi’s 182 goals are just a fraction of what Pele scored during his legendary career.