The world is paralyzed before each FIFA World Cup to see the best teams disputing the highest trophy that football awards in the event that brings together many of the great players on the planet. In Qatar 2022 , perhaps the eyes will be on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo , who will play their last chances? to lift the Cup, or to see if Kylian Mbappé manages to retain, together with France , the title won in 2018 in Russia.

Although the main focus of attention will be mainly them, there are also big names that threaten to take center stage in the Middle East.

Next, a review of the most outstanding presences on the way to the World Cup.

Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Age: 34.
Position: Forward.
Participations in World Cups: 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.
Parties: 19.
Goals: 6.

Qatar 2022 will represent the great possibility for Messi to keep the trophy he most desires and that he has not yet been able to achieve. Unlike other editions, this time he has a team that supports him and feeds his illusions.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Age: 37.
Position: Forward.
Participations in World Cups: 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.
Parties: 17.
Goals: 7.

After having defeated the surprising North Macedonia, 2-0, in one of the UEFA play-off finals, Portugal promises to be one of the main entertainers of Qatar 2022. In the history of the Portuguese, a before and a could be established after CR7 , because Portugal before Ronaldo’s presence had qualified for three World Cups in all of history, while with the Funchal-born on the field he has perfect attendance: it will be his fifth World Cup out of five.

Kylian Mbappe (France)

Age: 23.
Position: Forward.
Participations in World Cups: 2018.
Parties: 7.
Goals: 4.

A fundamental part of a star-studded France, Mbappé will be facing the great possibility in 2022 of retaining the title, along with many of his teammates, which he lifted in 2018 after defeating Croatia 4-2 in the final played in Moscow. In that contest he definitely emerged as a world star. He will now bear the responsibility of sustaining it.

Neymar (Brazil)

Age: 30.
Position: Forward.
Participations in World Cups: 2014 and 2018.
Parties: 10.
Goals: 6.

Will the World Cup in Qatar mark the end of the Brazilian star’s professional career? Many speculations, with some statements from the player himself, seem to suggest it. Surrounded by a luxury team, he will have the great possibility of giving the six-time championship to the Brazilians, the greatest winners in history but who have been denied the title for 20 years.

Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)

Age: 30.
Position: Midfielder.
Participations in World Cups: 2014 and 2018.
Parties: 10.
Goals: 2.

If there is something that characterizes the Manchester City midfielder, it is his sharp, fast and intelligent game. With 88 games played for the national team, in which he contributed 23 goals and 45 assists, De Bruyne will arrive as the standard bearer of a Belgian generation that, without being one of the top candidates, developed in Brazil 2014, matured in Russia 2018 and will seek put a finishing touch to the cycle in the Middle East.

Joshua Kimmich (Germany)

Age: 27.
Position: Midfielder.
Participations in World Cups: 2018.
Parties: 3.

We will have to pay attention to one of the engines of the midfield of a Germany, always a candidate, who in Qatar will not only be a cheerleader, but also, wounded in their pride, will seek revenge for what happened in Russia 2018 when they were eliminated in first phase.

Dusan Vlahovic (Serbia)

Age: 22.
Position: Forward.
Participations in World Cups: None.

The Juventus striker will have his debut in a World Cup and promises to be a threat to rivals. Strong, fast and with goalscoring ability, surrounded by a good litter of Serbian players, the man born in Belgrade will try to show why he is one of the best valued players in the world.

Sadio Mané (Senegal)

Age: 29.
Position: Forward.
Participations in World Cups: 2018.
Parties: 3.
Goals: 1.

” I was born in a small town in Senegal called Bambali. I was considered the best player in town, but nobody in my family wanted me to be a footballer. And I was totally convinced that when I left I could be. The only thing that worried me was how ” Mané recounted in the 2020 documentary Made in Senegal that portrays his story. The story of a boy who in Qatar will have a new chapter in World Cups and to which he will arrive after having obtained in February, together with a brilliant generation of footballers, the first African Cup for his country.

Robert Lewandowski (Poland)

Age: 33.
Position: Forward.
Participations in World Cups: 2018.
Parties: 3.

There is little left to discover and write about one of the best strikers in the world, who has scored goals in almost all the tournaments he played in the Poland shirt, but why isn’t that almost all of them? Because precisely in the only competition in which he defended the colors of his country and did not score was in a World Cup. The only experience for Lewandowski was Russia 2018, in which the team did not get past the first round and he did not convert, so Qatar will be the ideal challenge to pay off that pending debt.

Harry Kane (England)

Age: 28.
Position: Forward.
Participations in World Cups: 2018.
Parties: 6.
Goals: 6.

With 49 goals scored, Harry Kane is separated by just 5 goals from becoming the top scorer in history for the Three Lions team , thus surpassing the mark of 53 established by Wayne Rooney. Qatar will not only be the opportunity to continue adding satisfaction and personal records, but also the great possibility of improving performance together with a team that in the last two big events was close to glory and that had to settle for fourth place in the World Cup 2018 and second place at Euro 2020.

Luis Suarez (Uruguay)

Age: 35.
Position: Forward.
Participations in World Cups: 2010, 2014 and 2018.
Parties: 13.
Goals: 7.

It could be affirmed that Uruguay would not be a candidate to keep the Cup and it would be right, but it would also be valid to affirm that it is a team that nobody will want to cross their path with. One of the main assets of La Celeste is his scorer, who in Qatar 2022 will have his fourth participation in a World Cup and will want to sustain what is a very high average of goals in this event. Second top scorer in activity in World Cups along with Cristiano Ronaldo behind Thomas Müller, he is two shouts away from being the greatest Uruguayan scorer in World Cups and three shouts away from being just one more in the list of 12 men in history with at least 10 goals in the tournament.