Players to watch in 2018 Football World Cup

Moscow: The world’s best soccer players have descended on Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup beginning today.

The world's best like Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo besides those best in the business will give their best to lift the famous trophy.

Here is a list of players who will create an impact:

Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Lionel Messi is arguably the best player in the world, and has been named so five times since 2008. (He received the second-best player in the world honour the other five years.) But one title has eluded him in his quest to become the best player ever: the World Cup trophy. He led Argentina to the 2014 World Cup finals against Germany but lost 1-0. A creative genius with attacking flair, he will carry the weight of a nation on his shoulders.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, since 2008, has been named the world’s best soccer player the other five times Messi didn’t win the award. Ronaldo also wants to stake his claim as the best player ever, and he has an advantage in that he captained Portugal to the European championship in 2016. But Portugal has a tough draw against Spain early on and a difficult road to the final, should the team progress out of the group stage.

Neymar (Brazil)

Brazil is one of the favourites to lift the World Cup trophy and Neymar is the key man who may lead the Seleção to the promised land. He became the world’s most expensive player last year after Barcelona sold him to Paris-Saint Germain for around $ 262 million. Neymar wanted to leave, in part, to get out of Messi’s shadow in Barcelona. The problem is Neymar was part of the Brazil squad that lost 7-1 to Germany in the semifinals at the last tournament (which took place in Brazil).

Mo Salah (Egypt)

Egypt’s Mo Salah took the soccer world by storm in 2017 and seemingly came out of nowhere to become one of the planet’s best players. He’ll cap off a remarkable year by leading his country to its first World Cup in 28 years. Salah has fantastic speed, pinpoint passing ability, and unnatural coolness in front of the goal. If Egypt is to have any success, Salah must carry the team on his shoulders. But Salah actually injured his shoulder just a few weeks before the tournament, which means he may miss a game or not be in full fitness.

De Bruyne (Belgium)

Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne will look to make an immediate impact for Belgium. If De Bruyne doesn’t play well, Belgium will struggle to advance beyond the group stages, despite the team’s depth. De Bruyne is already a well-known player among soccer fans, but the World Cup is where he could take the next step to become a globally recognised superstar.


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