The countdown to the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar began after the curtain fell on the European leagues on Sunday evening.
Qatar will host the first Arab version of the World Cup during the period from next Sunday, November 20, until December 18.
In the following lines, Al Ain Sports reviews what the most prominent football stars presented in the last match before the World Cup, during the last round of the five major European leagues before the World Cup, where the irony was that most of the players did not appear as required.
Argentine Lionel Messi, the star of Paris Saint-Germain, was satisfied with participating for 75 minutes in his team’s match against Auxerre, in the 15th week of the French League championship.
The match ended with Paris Saint-Germain winning 5-0, without Messi contributing to any goal, as he was substituted in the 75th minute when the result indicated that his team advanced 3-0, before the owners of the land increased the yield.
That match was the first in which Lionel Messi was unable to contribute to any goal, after the Argentine captain used to score and assist during the previous four rounds since the middle of last month.
The Brazilian Neymar, the Paris Saint-Germain player, lived in the same position as his colleague Lionel Messi, as he participated for 75 minutes before being replaced with his Argentine friend at the same time.
Like Messi, Neymar did not participate in any of the three goals scored by Kylian Mbappe, Carlos Soler and Ashraf Hakimi, before Renato Sanchez and Hugo Ekteki scored the fourth and fifth goals.
The cameras captured the moment Neymar and Lionel Messi asked permission from coach Christophe Galtier, coach of Paris Saint-Germain, to leave the stadium while they were sitting on the bench after being substituted.
The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo missed his team, Manchester United, who visited Fulham in the 16th round of the English Premier League “Premier League”, where the Red Devils won in the fatal time, 2-1.
Cristiano Ronaldo continued to be absent from participating for the second consecutive match, after he missed the last match against Aston Villa in the third round of the English Professional League Cup last Thursday, which ended with his team’s victory 4-2.
Ronaldo will seek to break the series of absences that he suffered this season, after remaining in most matches with United on the bench, to carry the Portugal captain’s dreams for his country in the World Cup, which may be the last for the 37-year-old star.
The last appearance of Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona striker, before the World Cup, was not what he had hoped, as he was sent off just half an hour after the start of his team’s match against Osasuna in the Spanish League.
The Osasuna match against Barcelona witnessed an exceptional case of expulsion of Robert Lewandowski, the top scorer of the Catalan team, his first in about 10 years, and this red card came to spoil his glow with Barca, after scoring 18 goals in 19 matches in all tournaments.
During the World Cup, during which Poland plays in the group that includes Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Mexico, Lewandowski will hope to score his first goal in the World Cup after he failed to score any goal during the last edition in Russia 2018.