8 Players who will retire after 2022 FIFA World Cup


Pepe (Portugal)

Portugal's 38-year-old, plays to this day, as he's now the captain of Porto. Pepe also got called up to Portugal's Euro 2020 squad and played all four games

Diego Godin (Uruguay)

35-year-old, Diego Godin, has fiercely captained his country to the big tournaments and the following year could see his last outing as the Uruguay captain.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)

It's hard to accept that Zlatan Ibrahimovic's era could end after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The 41-year-old helped AC Milan to return back to their winning ways and lift the Serie A trophy 2021-22

Olivier Giroud (France)

36-year-old, Olivier Giroud might as well retire from international football next year, giving the Karim Benzema call for this year's Euros. He plays for France

Thiago Silva (Brazil)

38-year-old, Brazil's captain Thiago Silva has endured a legendary spell both in his club and country career. However, after 2022 FIFA World Cup, he might hang his boots

Luka Modric (Croatia)

37-year-old, Luka Modric will go down in history as one of the best midfielders in football. The Croatia captain led his country to the World Cup final for the first time in their history in 2018.

Sergio Ramos (Spain)

36-year-old, Sergio Ramos endured quite a strange season last term with a lot of injuries, Real Madrid departure and withdrawal from the Spain national team. 2022 FIFA WC might be his last

Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)

Italy's Gianluigi Buffon retired from playing international football but still plays on a club level for Parma. He joined his boyhood club in 2021 and his contract expires in 2024.