Top Players to Look Out For at the 2018 World Cup

The 2018 World Cup is just around the corner. While sports fans and punters gear up for the world’s greatest football tournament, the teams are making their final preparations. For anyone thinking of placing a bet on a World Cup match, knowing which players have the most influence is a good place to start. We take a look at some of top footballers to watch out for in Russia.

Lionel Messi

Arguably the best football player in the world, Messi comes into the 2018 World Cup with a fairly weak side to back him up. However, the sheer brilliance of his skills and passion for the game can influence the outcome of any match. It was not coincidence that the only league game Barcelona lost all season was the one in which he didn’t play. The man plays to win, and with 34 goals from 36 games, he is a force to be reckoned with.

Cristiano Ronaldo

At the start of the season, many people thought Ronaldo was past his prime. After a slow start, the Portuguese star turned up the heat and proved why he is still one of the best in the world. He was influential in taking Real Madrid to the Champions League Final and celebrated when they won the Championship for a second year in a row. He may be 33 years old, but he has the skills and the goals to back him up. It also helps that Portugal are European Champions.

Mohamed Salah

After moving from Roma to Basel, the Egyptian football player caused huge waves in the Premier League and has been picked out as one of the rising stars. In 36 League games, Salah produced no less than 32 goals with 10 assists. It was no surprise then when he picked up Best Player Of The League, beating out the more experienced Kevin De Bruyne.

Neymar

A true global phenomenon, Neymar carries the hopes and dreams of the Brazilian 2018 World Cup side on his shoulders. Aside from his historical signing with PSG, Neymar took the league by storm and has an impressive record for the French giants. In 19 games he scored 19 goals with 13 assists. He is also known for his incredible ball skills, running circles around the defenders. Now that he is back to full fitness, he is a weapon for the Brazilians and a formidable opponent.

Isco

Spain has many profitable players in their squad for the 2018 World Cup. However, Isco is certainly the one that has the biggest role to play both in the midfield and on attack. What makes him so dangerous is the fact that he can effortlessly bring the ball out from midfield into attack. He might not have had as good a season as last year, but his numbers are impressive nevertheless.

Kevin De Bruyne

He may have missed out on the Premier League Player of the Year title to Mohamed Salah, but that should not deter the Belgian native. If there is one man who was responsible for taking Manchester City to Premier League glory this season, De Bruyne stands alone. He scored 8 goals in the league and provided 16 assists. If he is at his best in Russia, the Belgium team have a very powerful weapon that they can use to get them through to the finals.

Paul Pogba

While his move to Manchester United hasn’t’ been all that impressive, the French star created a more cohesive unit on field. He is also one of the most creative players in the tournament and produced 6 goals with 10 assists in the Premier League. France can use Pogba for his creative abilities in the midfield and a way to solidify their team, hopefully taking them all the ay to the final and to the top of the podium in the 2018 World Cup.