The World Cup might be all about national pride but personal gain will also in the minds of a number of Premier League stars looking to put themselves in the shop window.
Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't need to remind anyone of what he can still offer, but the 37-year-old's recent outburst surely means the only way is out of Manchester United once he has finished leading this winter.
|What||World Cup 2022|
|When||When: Sunday 20th November – Sunday 18th December|
|How to watch||BBC & ITV|
|Odds||Odds: Brazil 4/1, Argentina 11/2, France 6/1, England 8/1, Spain 17/2, Germany 10/1, Netherlands 12/1, Portugal 14/1, Belgium 16/1|
The Cristiano Ronaldo soap opera is surely nearing its inevitable conclusion after his destructive interview with Piers Morgan, which has to hasten the veteran forward's exit from Old Trafford.
Interestingly, of course, if you believe the reports there aren't any takers for Ronaldo. Or, at least, no clubs who can afford the wages or the risk.
But if Portugal's divisive superstar captain is focused on the job in hand rather than his own future over the next month, and lifts the World Cup on December 18, that would change the landscape over his post-January plans.
The same is true for plenty of other big stars who will hope to shine for their countries but have been the subject of transfer speculation already this autumn.
It's no secret that Barcelona fancy Silva, while Galatasaray are the latest club to say they'll take 's Gundogan straight after the finals.
If Harry Kane, who has attracted the attention of Bayern Munich, scores the goals that lead to either a Golden Boot and/or a World Cup winner's medal, that temptation to leave will become hard to resist.
Team-mate Eric Dier is another player who has said he would love to play abroad and top teams from the continent would no doubt perk up if the Spurs' centre-back has a month to remember.
Seeing market interest heighten in the likes of Kane or Silva would surprise no-one given their undoubted star quality, but of more interest, perhaps, are the other unsettled Qatar-bound players whose stock could rise spectacularly on the back of a good finals.
James Maddison's talents are no secret but it won't be just Newcastle chasing him down if he can repeat on a global stage what he does for .
And even further off the radar is someone like Matt Turner, the Arsenal 'keeper who can't get close to No.1 status at the Emirates but is just that with the , having seen off the challenge of Zack Steffen.
Ghana's Tariq Lamptey's star has waned after falling out of favour at , but the pacy right-back, such a hot ticket when he burst on to the scene, would love a chance to shine.
And what Facundo Pellistri wouldn't give for a few minutes for , who are 50/1 shots to win the World Cup, to invite suitors after being told by Manchester United he can leave after barely figuring for the Red Devils.