The football season is nearing its end with trophy lifting, Cup finals, and the race for Golden Boot headlining the back pages. The end of this season will mean an end of a four-year-long wait for every football fan around the world. It triggers the countdown for the most significant sporting event of the globe, FIFA World Cup. The preparation for the 2018 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Russia is all but over with most of the stadiums up and running.
We’ve often seen players of high calibre failing to impress on the biggest stage. We’ve seen careers getting finished owing to their failures in national colours. Come June 14, 2018, and a new bunch of world’s best players will hit it out hoping to lay their hands on the ultimate trophy. This season, we’ve witnessed some astonishing solo performances helping their respective side achieve some historic landmarks. Mohamed Salah has stepped up as a new challenger for the Ballon d’Or after almost a decade.
Kevin de Bruyne inspired Manchester City to a season that Premier League will remember for its entire history. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continued keeping Real Madrid and Barcelona at the top of Europe and Spain respectively. Come 14th June and thousands and millions of hopes will be pinned on them again, but this time for the biggest prize in the football world. Here are the best XI players that are most likely to make an impact for their sides in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
- 1 Top players to watch out for FIFA World Cup 2018
- 1.1 David De Gea (GK, Spain)
- 1.2 Sergio Ramos (CB, Spain)
- 1.3 Mats Hummels (CB, Germany)
- 1.4 Marcelo Vieira (LB, Brazil)
- 1.5 Joshua Kimmich (RB, Germany)
- 1.6 Andres Iniesta (CAM, Spain)
- 1.7 Kevin De Bruyne (CAM, Belgium)
- 1.8 Paul Pogba (CAM, France)
- 1.9 Cristiano Ronaldo (LW, Portugal)
- 1.10 Lionel Messi (RW, Argentina)
- 1.11 Mohamed Salah (CF, Egypt)
Top players to watch out for FIFA World Cup 2018
Here are some amazing players, we have picked up as the stars for the upcoming World cup. Let’s have a detailed analysis of each player below.
David De Gea (GK, Spain)
Premier League’s Golden Glove winner needs no second introduction. He has been the man for Manchester United ever since he joined the English Giants. Manchester United succumbed, but he kept shining like a diamond in some coal mine. Unlike at United, he’ll have a much stronger defence line ahead of him while keeping the post for Spain. Playing as the third choice GK for Spain in 2014, he still has the horrible memories of Brazil fresh in his mind. Come 2018, and he will be rearing to prove his side’s mettle in the football world.
Sergio Ramos (CB, Spain)
Another Spaniard, Sergio Ramos is right their on the top of world’s best defenders currently. He has donned Real Madrid’s captain’s arm band and has stamped his name in their hall of fame with his gutsy performances. He was the Captain back in 2014 as well and was at the helm of a defence that conceded five goals against the Netherlands. Ramos will now be ready to give in his everything this time to ensure his side regains the title they won back in 2010.
Mats Hummels (CB, Germany)
There were so many names to pick from but what keeps Mats Hummels ahead of them is his ability to single-handedly tackle counter attacks. Germany will be relying a great deal on him, and he will surely play an influential role in the defending champions’ campaign in Russia. He will have Boateng to assist him which will make his job a shade easier.
Marcelo Vieira (LB, Brazil)
Is he even a defender? For the newbies of football, that question sounds valid. Marcelo has continuously found the back of the net despite being a proper left back. His attacking flair has made him by far the best left back of the current lot. He switches from left back to left wing and then left wing to the left back in almost no time. He will be a key for Brazil and will have a lot to prove for his self as well at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Joshua Kimmich (RB, Germany)
We had Dani Alves in the list originally, but a heartbreaking injury to the Brazilian has made Joshua Kimmich the top pick. His pinpoint accuracy just adds to his rock-solid defence that has propelled him to become the first choice at both Bayern Munich and Germany. He will have the odds against him again, and he’ll yet again be itching to turn them around.
Andres Iniesta (CAM, Spain)
He has hung up his boots for FC Barcelona and will be calling it a day for Spain as well. The oldest name in this lineup, a legend in every sense of the word, Andres Iniesta’s magic will have one showdown at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. His form for FC Barcelona had been sensational this season and without a hint of any doubt, he will be pivotal in guiding Spain home as well.
Kevin De Bruyne (CAM, Belgium)
Manchester City’s first defeat came against Shakhtar Donetsk, when Kevin De Bruyne did not start for them. They lost again when he again missed out the playing XI. He has been in such a form that he made an ordinary looking Manchester City side near invincibles. He takes his national side amongst the real contenders for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He gives Belgium the edge over every other side of the globe. If he continues his form which he is in currently, Belgium is gonna be some side to beat for all the top guns.
Paul Pogba (CAM, France)
He hasn’t been in the best of form this season for Manchester United, but his performance for France has certainly been impressive. He is one name that transforms France from being a good side to being a formidable side. Picking him in this lineup means we had to keep Luka Modric and Toni Kroos out. Toni Kroos will play in a much more settled German side which will see him play second fiddle to Mesut Ozil. Luka Modric, on the contrary, doesn’t have a side good enough to go the distance in the World Cup. That makes Paul Pogba the obvious pick in our lineup.
Cristiano Ronaldo (LW, Portugal)
Is a world XI possible without this name? Probably not until he retires! The man who has single-handedly carried Real Madrid into the UCL finals, the man who has won everything a player can with his football club, a player who helped Portugal become the European champions, Cristiano Ronaldo will be rearing to have another go at the ultimate prize of football. He, without a single percent of doubt is likely to be the best-left winger at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Lionel Messi (RW, Argentina)
After announcing a shock retirement following Argentina’s defeat to Chile in the Copa America final, Messi has made it clear this is likely going to be his last shot at glory with Argentina. A heartbreak for him this time will most certainly signal the end of Messi Magic in an Argentine jersey. He has a knack for delivering the best at last and this time around, with the side that he has alongside him, it looks very much possible.
Mohamed Salah (CF, Egypt)
He has been the reason for his country to smile in unison. He is the man, who out of nowhere, is now standing head to head with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or. He has driven Egypt to the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1990 and just the third time overall. He is the reason why Liverpool stand unfazed against Real Madrid in the UCL final. An undisputed contender for the golden boot, Mohammad Salah steps in as our centre-forward to complete this lineup.
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