The 2018 FIFA World Cup is finally here, and there is plenty to be excited about! This is one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Football, or “soccer,” is a sport that connects people all over the globe and can unite entire countries. You really can’t beat the feeling of watching an exciting football match in a bar full of your fellow countrymen. The passion that players and fans have for their country is simply indescribable, especially during World Cup 2018!
This edition of the tournament is shaping up to be one of the most exciting of all time. If you aren’t familiar with the World Cup, it’s a soccer tournament that takes place every four years. This year it is being held in Russia and will last for about a month, having started on June 14. It’s the largest and most viewed sporting event in the world. Thirty-two different national teams will all be competing for World Cup 2018 glory. The talent on display is world-class, as the best players in the world unite to form their respective country’s national teams. Some of the most recognizable athletes on the planet are displaying their incredible talents for everyone in the world to enjoy.
There are so many great players who will be competing for their country during World Cup 2018. The best footballers in the world have landed in Russia to make a statement and potentially become legends. However, there are a few players who are a cut above the rest. It’s time to talk about the five most exciting players to look out for at the 2018 FIFA World Cup!
5.) World Cup 2018 Top Player: Harry Kane (England)
England is a country that absolutely loves football but has not had much success with its national team in recent years. That might be changing very soon, thanks to this rising star. Harry Kane is a 24-year-old striker for the English national team who is hoping to guide his team to glory. He is appearing at the World Cup for the first time in his career and has been named captain of the squad. For those not familiar with football, being the captain of your team is a pretty big deal. It means that your manager trusts you to lead your team and inspire victory.
Harry plays in the English Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur when not on national team duty, and has already producedsome jaw-dropping finishes throughout his career. The World Cup is the perfect stage for Kane to become a true superstar. Kane is a natural goalscorer who is sure to have a great World Cup and potentially even challenge for the Golden Boot, the award that goes to the player who scores the most goals. Keep an eye out for Harry during the World Cup!
4.) World Cup 2018 Top Player: James Rodriguez (Colombia)
Every single World Cup features at least one player that becomes a superstar based on their performance in the tournament. In the 2014 World Cup, that player was Colombia’s James Rodriguez. Prior to the last World Cup, Rodriguez was a relatively unknown player putting in solid work at his club team, Monaco. He exploded onto the World Stage in 2014 by winning the Golden Boot and helping Colombia reach its first World Cup quarterfinals, where they bowed out to Brazil.
Rodriguez became a household name after the 2014 World Cup, thanks to his amazing goals, slick dance moves, and a move to one of the biggest clubs in the world, Real Madrid. His career hasn’t gone exactly as he would have liked after the World Cup, but I have no doubt that he will show his magic again in Russia and help Colombia have a nice showing.
3.) World Cup 2018 Top Player: Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Genius. Greatest of all time. Magician. Not from this planet. These are some of the words used to describe “La Pulga,” also known as Argentina’s Lionel Messi. Every time Messi steps onto the pitch, you are in for a treat. This little Argentine defies expectations and is easily the most important player on his team. His dribbling skills, passing, and finishing are all world-class. He pretty much singlehandedly got Argentina to the World Cup final in 2014, where they lost to a dominant Germany squad.
Messi is sure to produce some magic this World Cup. His Argentina teammates ask him to do a lot, but he is up to the challenge. Messi is one of the most famous athletes on the planet and has won every single major award except for the World Cup. The only other player in the world who rivals his incredible skill level is his rival – the next player on this list.
2.) World Cup 2018 Top Player: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo is another player who is in the discussion for the greatest footballers of all time. There might not be a better pure goal-scorer in the history of the game. His recent form heading into the World Cup is incredible, as he led Portugal to win the 2016 European Championship and just helped his club team Real Madrid become the first team to win the Champions League Final three years in a row.
Ronaldo is undoubtably a very exciting player to watch. He scores goals, plain and simple. Whether it’s sublime free kicks, headers or lightning-fast screamers, you can pretty much always count on this guy to score. Like Lionel Messi, he has already won every major football award except for the World Cup. He will be looking to carry his team to the World Cup final and cement his legacy as one of the greatest to ever play football.
1.) World Cup 2018 Top Player: Neymar (Brazil)
The No. 1 player on our list is coincidentally the World’s most expensive player. Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, also known as Neymar, is a 26-year-old Brazilian footballer who will certainly be one to watch during World Cup 2018. Brazil arguably has the best team at the World Cup and are the favorites to win it all. Neymar is a big reason why.
Neymar is known for his impeccable dribbling, scoring goals out of nothing, and rocking a new hairstyle seemingly every match. He’s just an all-around stylish and cool guy. After Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo retire from world football, Neymar is likely to be crowned the best player in the World. There is no bigger stage for him to show how much the World Cup means to him and his country. Look out for Neymar and his Brazil teammates during the World Cup, as they are sure to produce some football magic!
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I hope this list has you excited for the World Cup 2018 and ready to witness these great players giving their heart and soul for their countries! Do you have any favorite players who didn’t make this list? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!