End of an era

It was going to happen someday, it is an end of an era. This World Cup sees the end of an era and arguably the end of several players’ International careers.

Yes, it’s the last international tournament of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The football world is sad and so are we, but let’s talk about more not-so-mainstream players shall we say?

Olivier Giroud possibly is one of those players and maybe Robert Lewandoski you can say is another.

Barcelona forward Lewandowksi has been his country’s talisman for arguably over the last decade. With the manner of his country’s defeat, the calls in Poland will be growing for bringing in the youth.
This challenge will be there for Polish club sides to find someone who can replace one of their best-ever players. Other countries like Germany and Belgium face this challenge too.

To be fair to them Die Mannschaft don’t have quite as difficult task, as they have tried to field some youngsters and get them bedded in the team, but Belgium.

The Red Devils who were a former world number one, in 2018 were seen as the team to beat, the team with the ‘golden generation’. Unfortunately for them, France had a team, a team that would become a golden generation as they won their second world title.

Romelu Lukaku, Toby Alderwireld, Jan Vertongen, Eden Hazard and maybe even Kevin De Bruyne might opt to step aside from international matches to let the new crop of youngsters settle into the team.

Belgium, do have some good players coming through, but solely going for players with experience proved to be an error in judgment. They will rise again, but it will take time and the Belgians will need to appreciate France are producing talent after talent.

Another team that I need to mention is Uruguay, a former two-time winner of the World Cup and a fourth-place finish in 2010. Players like Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Fernando Muslera and Diego Godin have all arguably played their last tournaments.

La Celeste like Germany do have some good players coming through such as Darwin Nunez, Fede Valverde and Pallestri to name some/ The names that won’t be in that Uruguayan dressing room, it’s a massive loss to The Sky Blue.

Diego Alonso, (if given the time) has a big rebuilding job on his hands. He does have something to work with, so all isn’t lost.
Notice how we didn’t lead with this being Lionel Messi’s last World Cup and CR7’s too. Football fans are upset with Ronaldo and Messi in their swansong tournaments, but it’s players like Pepe, Dani Alves and Tiago are the players that I will miss in equal measure.

These gentlemen for me define the word veteran and stalwarts. It’s the same in life, people come and go. Football players come and go, I don’t think there will be any quite like these though. You will be missed, you all will be.

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