The biggest sports festival FIFA World Cup 2018 is all set to see in action on the biggest football stage in Moscow from Thursday (June 14). The most anticipated tournament kicks off when the host Russia will lock horns with Saudi Arabia for the first match.
Soccer’s biggest spectacle will feature the top players and fans are eagerly waiting to watch their favourite footballers' action in the biggest sporting event on the planet. Let us have a look at the top 5 players who can set the stage ablaze on the world's biggest and most watched sporting extravaganza.
5 David de Gea (Spain)
David de Gea is considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world. The Spaniard has proved his worth as the best saver in the Premier League this season. The Manchester United goal-keeper is the first footballer to win the player of the year award for 4 times in 5 years.
De gea has saved a record of 53 goals for the Manchester City in the latest season and it's a shock for the world football fraternity. He is a game changer for Spain in this fabulous tournament.
4 Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
Mohamed Salah is the top goal scorer in the last season as he scored a record of 32 goals in the premier league for Liverpool. The Egypt star-player is a doubt to play his first match against Uruguay on June 15 as he is not 100% fit for the opening match.
The 26-year-old is one of the best players in the history of soccer. Egypt's main strength is Mohamed Salah as he guided his team to qualify in the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the first time in 28 years. The Egyptian footballer will definitely make this prestigious tournament more memorable with his mind-blowing tactics.
3 Neymar (Brazil)
Messi for Argentina, Ronaldo for Portugal, similarly Neymar for Brazil and he is the superstar for his nation. The 26-year-old has become the most expensive football player of all time and has the ability to win a crown for Brazil in this year's World Cup. The stylish attacking player's injury had stopped their team in the semifinals as Brazil lost the match against Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.
The sublime striker is in good form as if Brazil plays up to their potential, then it's easy to secure a top spot in the group stage. Without a doubt, Brazil world cup-winning hopes mainly depends on the Neymar performance.
2 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best soccer players in the current era and etched many records to his name in the history of football. The prolific goal-scorer has won the European Golden Shoe for 4 times in the past five seasons. The Real Madrid player's record was unbelievable as he claimed 81 goals and 148 caps for his team.
In Ronaldo's legendary career, the only thing to achieve in his life is a FIFA World Cup trophy for Portugal. This is the last chance for the 33-year-old footballer to capture the crown.
1 Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Words can never describe Lionel Messi's attacking style on the field. Messi's passion, emotion and stylishness made his fans go gaga over him. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner had an ultimate track record in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but Argentina did not have the enough immense power to beat Germany in the finals and lost the game with 1-0.
Argentina superstar's speed, skill, goals and timing are ample evidence of his record in the football history as he dragged his team to the last year's World Cup finals. The 30-year-old probably have the last chance to lift the 2018 FIFA World Cup for Argentina as he turns 31 on June 24.
Spain, Brazil, Germany, France and Belgium are the top contenders to win this year's World Cup title.
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