After this World Cup, some might ask: Was this Messi and Ronaldos last competition? This is the debate every football fan would like to hear, as it is a true showcase of the best players in the world. I’ve written about the careers of Benzema, Suarez, Luka Modric, and Thiago Silva. But what about the other players?nBenzema’s careernKarim Benzema started his senior career with Lyon, where he was part of the youth system. He then joined Real Madrid for EUR35 million in 2009, a move which has yielded results. During his time at Real, he has scored 323 goals and provided 159 assists. Benzema will be one of the key players for Real Madrid at the World Cup in Russia.nKarim Benzema’s impressive form has benefited from advances in sports science and improved diets. The Real Madrid captain, who turns 35 on the day of the final, has been playing the best football of his career. The World Cup will likely be his last. Moreover, Benzema will join Cristiano Ronaldo in retirement after next year’s tournament, which will mark the end of the two stars’ international careers.nKarim Benzema’s success has complemented his outstanding skills as a striker. Since the departure of Ronaldo and Messi to Juventus in 2018, Benzema has become the top goalscorer at Real Madrid. He has scored more goals than either Messi or Ronaldo have scored in a single season and has become the attacking leader in Real Madrid. In 2021-22, he led the scoring charts for La Liga and assisted 12 goals, making him the third highest-scoring player in the Champions League this season. Moreover, Benzema’s goal against Bayern Munich and Juventus equaled the joint-record of Raul and Cristiano Ronaldo in UEFA competitions.nBenzema’s performance against Chelsea matched his previous hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain. He scored three goals in 17 minutes in the previous round. His goals came one after the other. In the first half, he scored a header and another on 24 minutes. Benzema was denied a penalty because of a mistake by Antonio Rudiger and Edouard Mendy. The French team went on to win the game against Manchester City and then beat Chelsea in the final.nLuis Suarez’s careernOne of the biggest surprises of the last World Cup was the stunning performance of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan, also known as El Pistolero or «the gunman», was tipped to be a star in this year’s World Cup. Despite the fact that he played for Liverpool and Juventus, he ended up playing for Barcelona. His goals during that time have become iconic, and he has gone on to play for the elite teams such as Ajax, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, and FC Barcelona. However, his World Cup performance has left him feeling somewhat dejected and it is likely that he will retire after this year’s tournament in Qatar.nThe world is watching Uruguay in this year’s World Cup, and this could be the most important tournament of his career. With Messi and Ronaldo already in their prime, it will be a tough task to find a better player than Suarez. The Uruguayan forward has scored 12 goals in the World Cup in the last four years, and he is set to reach the semi-finals for the third time in his career.nThe Uruguay striker’s career has come full circle. After scoring his first goal at the World Cup, he scored his second with an injury time penalty against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League group stage. He also managed to make an assist against his former club Barcelona in the La Liga on 2 October. Although he did not celebrate after scoring against his former club, he did score against Real Sociedad.nLuka Modric’s careernThe Croatian has become a serious contender for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award. Despite not scoring many goals or providing many assists in recent months, Modric has emerged as one of the most important players in Europe. Although he has not been as prolific as Ronaldo and Messi, Modric is an important player who has helped his country reach the World Cup in the past.nAfter finishing second in the Ballon d’Or vote in 2014, the former Manchester City midfielder has achieved several notable achievements. He has won four Champions Leagues, four League Cups, and six global club titles. His outstanding performances in these competitions have earned him nominations for the FIFA FIFPro World XI. He has also been nominated four times for the Champions League’s Team of the Season. His only failure since then is winning the Ballon d’Or, an honour he deserves to share with Cristiano Ronaldo.nA world class midfielder, Luka Modric has helped Croatia reach the final of the 2018 World Cup. He is a masterful footballer, and has almost always been a joy to watch. The former Real Madrid and Juventus midfielder has also been credited for helping his country win the Champions League. In addition to this, his outstanding performances at the World Cup will make Modric a household name in Croatian football.nThiago Silva’s careernAfter a promising start to his career, Thiago Silva was dropped by PSG after a poor performance against A.C. Milan. His expulsion from the team was justified by Leonardo, who defended the player and criticised his decision. His performance has been criticized by Messi, however. PSG are dominating the nominations for the UNFP awards.nIn the 2014 World Cup, Thiago Silva was the third-best player, and his performance against Algeria proved to be his defining moment. His first match for Brazil since that tournament saw the club win the competition. The following year, he returned to PSG, where he played in the final game against Bayern Munich. However, Silva’s time at PSG was cut short by a coronavirus pandemic. Still, his commitment to the club helped him win a Uefa Champions League and a Copa do Brasil.nBut while the Brazilian defender is a fan favorite in Brazil, he knows he faces a tough challenge ahead of him. He says it is more difficult to defend against Messi and Ronaldo, who have won a combined total of five Ballons d’Or awards. Furthermore, the Portuguese international captained Brazil in its last World Cup, and believes that Ronaldo deserved everything.nManuel Neuer’s careernThe German goalkeeper is currently one of the best in the world. He has won the Golden Glove award for his performances in the 2014 World Cup and has won the Bundesliga title for Bayern Munich. Despite his age, Neuer remains one of the most feared goalkeepers in the world. But will he be able to win his second World Cup with Germany after a humiliating group stage exit in 2018?nA German goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer was born on March 27, 1986, in Gelsenkirchen. He is the third-highest goalkeeper in the world, having won the Golden Glove award in the 2014 World Cup. Despite his age, Neuer has become one of the best goalkeepers of all time. While Messi and Ronaldo are currently the most sought-after goalkeepers, Neuer has consistently performed at the top level and has become the most valuable player in the German national team.nAs a goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer has dominated the Ballon d’Or for the past six years, with three consecutive wins over Messi and Ronaldo. However, he is now the third man on the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or, having finished second to Ronaldo in the voting for both 2008 and 2013 as well as winning three consecutively between 2009-12. However, the two top scorers in this year’s World Cup, Messi, have the advantage.nEdinson Cavani’s careernThe Uruguayan’s incredible form since the end of the 2010 World Cup is remarkable. Despite his age, he has managed to score six goals in Serie A this season. While he failed to save Napoli from a scoreless draw against PSV Eindhoven in November, he is more agile than Ronaldo and Messi. However, it is difficult to compare Cavani’s style of play with those of Messi and Ronaldo. While it is normal to admire the efforts of other players, it’s important to create your own style and a unique style of play. Comparison will only hurt you.nIn the game against Portugal, Cavani and Luis Suarez combined for Uruguay’s first goal. However, the Uruguayan striker was injured 17 minutes later and the Portugal team failed to capitalise on it. The incident forced Portugal to rethink their strategy and concede a goal in the last minute. Ronaldo was the one to assist Cavani off the field.nWhile Messi and Ronaldo have won the ball more often, Cavani has the better finishing touch and is now a better passer. Cavani’s first senior appearance came in 2008, in a 2-2 draw against Colombia. After that, he led Uruguay to the China Cup trophy. Like Messi and Ronaldo, Cavani was influenced by Argentine striker Gabriel Batistuta. He also has a fondness for ballet dancing and is said to resemble a Tarzan cartoon character.nThere are many reasons why one would think so. While Ronaldo has never declared his retirement, he would be 40 years old by the next World Cup. In addition, most athletes are beginning to call it a career after 40. But, his pressing style of football is what makes him stand out. So, what are your thoughts on Ronaldo’s future? Let us know in the comments below.nRonaldo’s futurenDo you think Cristiano Ronaldo will play in the next World Cup? Portugal needs to win its next two matches to qualify for the next World Cup in Qatar. If they can do that, Ronaldo will likely play in his final World Cup. Portugal must first beat Turkey in the play-off semi-final, then play either Italy or North Macedonia in the winner-take-all game.nIt’s hard to say when Cristiano Ronaldo is going to retire from international football. His recent comments about how long he wants to play have raised some eyebrows, but his decision to play until he’s 40 shows that he believes in himself and in his own destiny. At 37, Ronaldo is still in great physical condition and has been at the top of his game since he was a teenager. With just one more season left, he would only have to hang on for one year and Portugal would qualify for the 2022 World Cup with the USA.nPortugal has never advanced beyond the round of 16 in any World Cup. In both 2014 and 2018, Uruguay knocked Portugal out. Last season, Argentina beat Brazil and Edinson Cavani scored twice against Portugal. Another team that can knock Portugal out in the group stage is Ghana and South Korea. Cristiano Ronaldo has played four World Cups, and he’s always been a great player. But do you think he will play in the next World Cup?nIf he doesn’t win the Ballon d’Or again, it’s almost certain that he’ll retire from the World Cup in Qatar 2022. The 2022 World Cup is a watershed moment for the sport. It will mark the end of one era and the beginning of a new one, a generational shift. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will likely be in good shape for that World Cup, but he’ll probably miss out on a few of his fellow ballon d’Or winners.nMessi’s futurenSpeculation has mounted about Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona. The Argentinian midfielder will turn 34 later this month and has had a stellar season for the Catalan club. He scored 38 goals and assisted 14 others in 47 appearances across all competitions. However, he has also been linked with a move to Inter Miami, which is part owned by David Beckham. While both Inter Miami and Messi’s camp have denied the rumours, it is unlikely that Messi will leave PSG before his contract runs out.nBarcelona are attempting to secure a contract extension for Messi before the end of the month, but the player has yet to confirm his future in Catalonia. It is believed that he will return home for his Copa America duty and take a family holiday before signing a new two-year deal with the club. But the transfer rumours will be far from over. Here’s how Barcelona can keep the world’s most expensive player for many years.nThe Argentine international has not decided whether he will stay at PSG beyond this season. The deal that Messi signed last summer included an option for a third season. There are also various regulations in La Liga that govern player registration. If PSG does not win the Champions League, Messi may return to his former club. If PSG does win the Champions League, Messi will be a free agent. That doesn’t mean that he will leave Paris, but it is a possibility.nWhile Messi has spent the season with PSG, his numbers do not support a bid for an individual award. He is not even the top scorer in Ligue 1 and is likely to be 35 when the World Cup rolls around. Whether he is able to achieve that goal in Paris will have to wait until November. And then it’s unlikely that he’ll be a candidate for the Ballon d’Or in July.nBale’s futurenGareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid is in doubt, as the Wales captain has failed to reproduce the form of last season. During the 2014-15 season, Bale helped his team win the Champions League and Copa del Rey, and scored a stunning over-head kick in the Copa del Rey final against Liverpool. Unfortunately, injuries have hindered his progress in recent seasons. Now 32 years old, he is likely to sign with a different club to maintain match fitness.nWhile he has struggled to secure consistent starts for Tottenham, the forward has scored five goals in his last five games. Those five goals include a hat-trick against Sheffield United and a brace against Leicester. Now, it looks like Bale is ready to leave Tottenham and return to Real Madrid. If that happens, he will probably end up at another Premier League club. But will he play for another Premier League club?nCardiff City are one of several options available to Bale. The Welsh club is in the running because of its proximity to Wales’ World Cup camp. It also offers Bale the opportunity to prepare for the World Cup. And, he was born in Cardiff. Despite the distance, Cardiff City have already shown interest in signing Bale. While the Welsh league is not a good fit for him, he may find the club he prefers.nJonathon Barnett is the super-agent in charge of Bale’s future. His advice to the Welsh footballer? Join a big club and enjoy the love and support of his teammates. Then, if Real Madrid rejects him, he’ll be free to choose where to go. If the Welsh national team qualifies for the World Cup, Gareth Bale will most likely sign with a new club.nSuarez’s retirementnIt’s been two months since Luis Suarez confirmed that he will retire from football. The Uruguayan joined Barcelona in 2014 and has been one of the most consistent performers for the club in recent seasons. His contract at the Nou Camp was recently extended until 2021, but his future has been in doubt due to a knee injury. While he has scored three goals for the club this season, his form has dipped over the last few months. Suarez’s retirement has left fans confused, as the striker has admitted that he is unlikely to stay with the club.nIt was reported earlier this season that the club and the player had agreed on the transfer. However, that was before the arrival of the new manager Ronald Koeman at the Nou Camp. Koeman had no intention of playing Suarez at the Nou Camp. Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future at Barcelona, the Uruguayan has become a legend in Spain. The club and the player are bound to miss him dearly.nWhile the news that Luis Suarez has retired from football is heartbreaking for the Barcelona fans, there has been an outpouring of emotion surrounding the former Uruguayan’s retirement from the game. The Spaniard has been in the limelight for his controversial remarks over the past few years. His words were misinterpreted and he is backing Messi to continue playing. The decision to retire from football has sparked a lot of controversy, but it has also brought about some positive changes to the football world.nAccording to ITV News, Liverpool are keeping counsel over the reactions to Suarez’s ban. During his time at Liverpool, Suarez scored thirty league goals in a single season. It was widely predicted that he would break the Premier League goal scoring record and he was on the shortlist for the PFA award. He also won the PFA award for the best player in the world. So, despite all the negative publicity surrounding the ban, Liverpool will still try to sign the striker to their squad.nRonaldo’s chances of playing in the next world cupnCristiano Ronaldo has made it clear that the 2022 World Cup is his last international tournament for Portugal. It is being hosted in Qatar, and has been plagued with controversy and problems, such as climate change and lack of infrastructure. As a result, players and officials alike have largely avoided commenting on the World Cup’s future. However, there are some signs that point to Ronaldo’s chances of playing in the 2022 tournament.nFirst of all, Ronaldo is still only 37 years old. However, he has already achieved so much in his career. The most important thing for him to qualify for the next World Cup is to keep himself fit. Although he is a star player with 115 international goals, he still needs to learn how to manage his body. In addition to staying fit, he needs to learn how to manage his body, according to Guillem Balague, a former Portuguese coach. Ronaldo is already the all-time top scorer for Portugal, but he is just five games shy of Luis Figo’s record of 116.nAfter a strong Euro 2016 campaign, Portugal’s chances of qualifying for the next World Cup remain bleak. Portugal only won one match in normal time — a 1-0 win over Hungary. After a difficult group stage, Portugal suffered a shock defeat to Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup, with Ronaldo scoring twice in the process. The team then failed to do very well in the 2014 World Cup and crashed out to Uruguay in the Round of 16.nIf Portugal do qualify for the next World Cup, it will be difficult to find Ronaldo in the squad. Portugal missed out on automatic qualification for the 2022 World Cup due to a narrow loss to Serbia in the final match of Group A. Although Portugal still has a good chance of making it to the finals in Qatar, they will have to do it in the play-offs. If Ronaldo plays well and stays healthy, he will be the second oldest outfield player in history.