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World Cup 2018 could be last chance for generation of LatAm football greats

IANS  |  Bogota 

The eight Latin American squads who qualified for will put some of football's biggest stars on the field when the tournament gets underway next month in

And though the young are taking over, there is a number that is magic and common among some of the most outstanding stars on the continent and who will soon be on their way to Russia: 31, reports

One month before the tourney begins, 31 will be the age of several players representing Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, and at the kick-off.

In the "31 Club" is the individual rated by many as the best of all. icon will turn that age on June 24 during the tourney and his objective in is to lead to win their third

Uruguay, also a two-time champion, will have on their roster two of the greatest strikers to set foot on Russian fields, Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani and Barça's Luis Suarez, both 31.

Keylor Navas, for Real Madrid and Costa Rica, at age 31 will defend his country's goal for the second time in the World Cup, while Colombian forward Carlos Bacca, who also plays in with Villarreal, is the same age.

has in their squad. The midfielder for was born on September 28, 1986 and in his 31st year will defend the colours of his country for the fourth time in a

And with 31 as their magic number, Messi, Suarez, Cavani, Keylor and Guardado only await the 31-day countdown for the ball to start rolling in to begin working at winning



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 16:18 IST