We’ve already seen that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is likely to be the last global tournament for Lionel Messi. At the same time, this should be the final time that Cristiano Ronaldo attempts to win the biggest prize in the game.
The Portuguese International is 37 years of age now and it seems doubtful that he will be competing at the highest level when he hits 41. Can he end on a high and, if he does finish his World Cup career this year, what will his legacy be?
A Stunning Career
Ronaldo has already broken a number of international records, both for Portugal and for world football as a whole. He is Portugal’s most capped player and, with an incredible tally of 117 goals in 191 games, he’s scored more times than any of his past and present international counterparts.
Ronaldo’s list of records goes on. He has the highest number of appearances as a national captain and has scored against more international teams than any other player in history. When he found the net three times against Spain at Russia 2018, he became the oldest player to score a hat trick at the World Cup finals.
There are a host of club records to add to that impressive list and, we could well be watching the best player ever to take to the pitch. The one major accolade to escape Cristiano Ronaldo to date is a World Cup medal, but can he address that issue in 2022?
Can Portugal Pull It Off?
The neutral verdict suggests that it will be tough for Portugal to compete in Qatar. Five-time champions Brazil are the favorites for Qatar 2022 while the closest challenges are expected to come from Argentina, France and England.
Portugal, meanwhile, are merely the eighth favorites and are relative underdogs. There is a theory that this is a one-man team and those odds tend to back up that assessment.
Asiabet has sourced the best sports betting sites in India, offer the verdicts in this instance. This is a useful site with which to track the World Cup, both for fans and bettors alike. The figures originate from India, as this is a global tournament, but they are reflected in all other countries.
Visitors to that site can follow the World Cup via news stories and opinion articles. Each linking sportsbook also receives an extensive review and, if any look interesting, it’s possible to stake via those operators.
Each sportsbook referenced on the Asiabet website will be ready to accept new customers. Residency is not an issue provided that online sports betting is legal in the individual’s State. Upon receipt of a completed online registration form, many of those operators will release a generous welcome offer.
Different funding providers can handle the necessary financial transactions while customer services are on hand to smooth the process. Those who play beyond that opening bonus could look forward to ongoing promotions while there will be other benefits.
Most bookmakers have in-play markets and mobile betting while some will also offer live sports streaming for those who maintain a funded account. It’s a useful website for anyone following the World Cup, but what will happen to Cristiano Ronaldo when the tournament comes to an end?
Where Next for Cristiano Ronaldo?
When Ronaldo returns from the World Cup, he will face an uncertain future at club side Manchester United. In an explosive interview, CR7 has openly criticized the set up at Old Trafford, and he’s been especially vocal about his own treatment.
United will surely discipline the player in some form but is this the end for Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford? There has been talk of a move to Bayern Munich in January, but these stories have been subsequently denied.
Those rumors do, however, offer some insight as to what will happen post World Cup. He may well be on his way from Old Trafford, but he still feels that he has a future in the game.
He’ll be 38 in February, but it’s hoped that Cristiano Ronaldo has time left in his playing career. In the meantime, we should all sit back and enjoy what will probably be his final World Cup.