Guarded, Ochoa, Messi and Cristiano dream of their fifth World Cup

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will have the painful privilege of seeing the farewell to the greatest rivalry in football at the international level, when Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel messi dispute their fifth World Cup and join Carbajal, Matthaüs and Rafa Márquez, a club that will also be joined by the Mexican Andres Saved, while Memo Ochoa will equal Gianluigi Buffon, with five assists, although the Italian only played in four, while for the goalkeeper of America it will only be his third Cup as a starter.

The first Five Cups was Antonio ‘Tota’ Carbajal. His feat, when playing the World Cups from 50 to 66, made him a legend, because at that time it was very difficult (it still is, actually) to have such consistency.

After 32 years, Lothar Matthäus equaled his feat, also with a leading team, by playing three finals and winning one, in Italia 90.

The second Mexican on the list is Rafael Márquez, who since his first World Cup, in France 98, demonstrated superior quality and became the leader of El Tri in the following four editions, a sad protagonist of five of the six consecutive eliminations in the second round. end.

Thus, while the Qatar World Cup eagerly awaits its qualified teams, it can be taken for granted that Portugal, Argentina and Mexico will get their ticket to the 2022 World Cup.

From these four selections the next Five Cups will come out. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Andrés Guardado. Fireproof leaders, with an evident and obvious greater relevance of the Portuguese and the Argentine, since the Mexican maintains his level, but could lose strength before the push of the young people who come behind, but his call and participation in Qatar will be almost a fact tie what was done by Carbajal and Márquez.

In case of Guillermo Ochoa it is also to highlight. Qatar 2022 will be his fifth World Cup, although only the third with minutes on the court. Memo had to see the eliminations in Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010 from the bench. But he shone in Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018, and currently maintains his position as an immovable in the Tri del Tata Martino.

Thus, the Five Cups club will have new members, soccer and World Cup legends, proudly made up of more Mexicans.

There are two more players who have not retired and could play a fifth World Cup, both Spanish. But Sergio Ramos was left out of the process led by Luis Enrique Martínez, while Pepe Reina said goodbye after the 2018 World Cup in Russia and has no options to be summoned to Qatar.