As every other World Cup, there will always been expectations about some players you should be watching for Qatar 2022. Here are 10 of these players, along with the six top bookie favorites scoring the most goals at the tournament.
Neymar strikes all the right chords. He has scored 11 goals and provided nine assists to the PSG in French Ligue 1. Despite all the media circus surrounding his theatrics, the Brazilian star has silently proved this season that he still remains one of the world’s greatest — a thrilling, unpredictable footballing genius, a perfect man to build your team around. And there is no doubt that Brazil’s World His Cup campaign will center around him.
Brazil’s seemingly flawless campaign in Brazil was disrupted by his famous back injury against Colombia in quarter final. World Cup 2014. The semi-final saw a humiliating 7-1 defeat by Germany. Four years later, in Russia, he wasn’t in the best shape, and came directly to the tournament after a three-month-long absence due to a fractured foot, and Brazil just about reached the quarterfinals.
However, this time, he is in excellent shape and comes off an incredible season with his club. Neymar, who is usually deployed on the left wing by PSG coach Christophe Galtier will play a different role for his country. “Neymar’s role now is in that (inside) pocket just to the left, where he has greater space to construct, utilise his movement, and create. Out wide is no longer for him,” Brazil’s coach, Tite, was quoted saying recently.
Kevin de Bruyne, Belgium
Kevin de Bruyne will be shouldering a massive burden to justify the credentials of Belgium’s golden generation. De Bruyne is widely hailed as the most technical midfielder in the world, and he will be the driving force for Roberto Martinez’s unit that has failed to live up to its hype and expectations. This is also the last chance for De Bruyne, a Manchester City midfielder, to win international recognition. Most of his teammates are in their 30s.
De Bruyne confessed to himself that he wasn’t sure he’d be there for the next edition. He Youri Tielemans, Alex Witsel, and Alex Witsel will continue to play in an advanced position. The predatory vision of De Bruyne, coupled with an imperious link-play of Romelu Lukaku, will be the key for Belgium to split their opponent’s defence. They will miss Eden Hazard’s blistering pace at Real Madrid, but that is not the only thing they will regret.
Karim Benzema, France
Karim Benzema’s long exile from the French team ended last year, when he was called up for the Euro 2021. Real Madrid won the Champions League and La Liga last season thanks to Benzema.
Last month in Paris, Benzema became only the second player other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to lay his hands on the prestigious Ballon d’Or. He has only played seven games this season due to injury. He Recently, he missed Rayo Vallecano’s trip where his team lost by 3-1.
At 19 years old, Pedri is already a key member of his country, Spain, and his club, Barcelona. He With a vision and maturity that belies the age of his team, he continues to lead the club’s heart of midfield. Be it making a risky tackle to stop the counter, keeping position in a crowded space, making a line-breaking, incisive pass into the final third, or shooting from the distance — this baby-faced assassin has got all tricks in his bag, and he performs these with enviable ease.
Pedri has been a shining light for Barcelona in the darkest hours of their existence. Can he inspire Spain in Qatar to beat the odds? The truth is that a player can’t win you the tournament. World Cup. Regardless of what happens in Spain, watching Pedri play the midfield will be a rewarding experience. He Gavi won the Kopa Trophy, which is the award for the best young player of 2022.
Harry Kane, England
Harry Kane’s trophyless career must have haunted him. Despite being the Premier League’s most consistent striker, he has never won a major trophy. Kane will be 30 years old next year. While the Premier League title may seem daunting, Kane still has a chance of winning it. World Cup with England, or at least that’s what the bookies believe. Kane is just a couple of goals away from levelling Wayne Rooney’s record of being the highest goal-scorer for England. Bookies even bet on Kane being the highest goal-scorer in Qatar.
Lionel Messi, Argentina
This is possibly Lionel Messi’s last chance to win the championship World The Cup title that has been elusive to him so far. It also seems to be the best chance, given his team hasn’t lost a single match in the last two years, and recently won Copa America — their first title since 1993. Messi is 35 years old and still stands out as the most exciting player on the field, even though he plays in the attacking three with Neymar Mbappe.
Kylian Mbappe in France
France needs to be successful in defending their independence World Cup title will be decided by how Kylian Mbappe performs in the tournament. At the club level, Mbappe’s form has been nothing short of extraordinary, having scored 19 times in 20 appearances. France won’t have Mbappe sharing the attacking space as Messi and Neymar.
Mbappe admitted earlier this year that the extra freedom he has for the national team brings out the best in him. He Mbappe even made fun of the PSG hierarchy by placing him on the flank. Mbappe and his French soccer association were involved in a fight over image rights. Many accused him of disrupting France’s preparation just ahead of the World Cup. Mbappe will want to silence critics with another brilliant campaign. But his efficacy will surely take a hit in the absence of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba.
Christian Pulisic, USA
Christian Pulisic is the most famous American footballer, and all eyes will be on him when England plays the United States of America. Pulisic plays for the English club Chelsea, where he was a bench warmer for most of the time under Thomas Tuchel’s reign. Graham Potter is a new coach and the opportunities have been more frequent, but not as frequently as he would prefer.
English pundits have a common perception that Pulisic is slow and lacks ruthlessness, which is a common misconception. But this is far from reality. For a brief phase under Frank Lampard’s era, Pulisic was the liveliest attacker of the side before injury halted his progress. He hasn’t got many opportunities since then, as the club also brought in Timo Werner and Kavi Havertz. He He has all the toolsets in his arsenal but seems to lack confidence. The World Cup is a great opportunity to convert sceptics to believers.
Lisandro Martinez, Argentina
When Lisandro Martinez says he will “go to war” for Lionel Messi, he means it. He A warrior in every possible sense of this word. He has already conquered the most important fight of his life — the fight with his own body. When Martinez arrived at Manchester United, the English pundits — a gift that keeps on giving — wrote him off even before his first match. Why? Because Martinez’s diminutive stature will make him easy fodder for a physically dominating striker. It was quite the opposite of what one expected.
Martinez is small, but smart. He makes up for it with great anticipation, excellent positioning sense and a well-timed tackle that disrupts the attack. Martinez is the one who marshalls the defense in a Manchester United team with many experienced defenders. He also appreciates his teammates and gets into the scuffle regularly. He One defender to be on the lookout for is this World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo may not be the first choice starter for the club but he is still the center of attention in Portugal. While his finishing skills have declined, he is still able to create a trick from nothing in crux situations. Portugal has not advanced beyond the Round 16 since their humiliating semi-final defeat to Spain in 2006.
This time they have a stronger team and advance to the depths of the competition World Cup. It may be true that the strongest Portuguese Team will be the one without Ronaldo. However, Fernando Santos is likely not to make this popular decision. Ronaldo will not be alone in carrying the load because there are stars such as Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Nves.
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