The World cup 2018 has been full of surprises so far. Following the ouster of Argentina, Germany, Portugal and Spain this World Cup is now virtually in the grasp of a few rank holders side with the likes of Brazil, France and England and any of them could be seen lifting the title on 15th July in Moscow.
Galore of goals, last-minute drama and VAR (Video Assistant Referee) have already made this World Cup a viewers delight and as the tournament progresses we might see things that have never happened before.
The quarter-final lineup is pretty interesting with Brazil set to take on Belgium while France will try to keep up their momentum when they face a resolute Uruguay. England flexed their muscle power as they got the better of Columbia in the penalty shoot-out and they will now have to shrug off the challenge of Sweden. Host nation Russia has already exceeded the expectation and they will try to make it count as they will play Croatia.
Now let’s have a look at five players who could emerge as the hero of this World Cup.
The absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the big stage could be a boon in disguise for the 26-year-old. Emil Forsberg has had his moment in the tournament and he simply can’t stop here. Sweden will look up to him as they are preparing to stop the English juggernaut.
The left winger brings fluidity to Swedish attack and his ability to cut back in from the left wing could create havoc in the English backline.
The gifted Brazilian winger is yet to produce his magic in this tournament and he will have the perfect opportunity to answer his critics. Much has been said about his on-field antics but the PSG player remains a pivotal part of coach Tite’s tactics. Neymar’s ability to dribble past a number of defenders would be handy as Belgium’s defence looked shaky a number of times and it needs to be taken care of.
England’s captain and their prolific goal scorer, Harry Kane is carrying the burden of an entire nation. The Tottenham Hotspur forward has fired six goals so far and is leading the team with sheer maturity and perfection. If England are to get their hand on this coveted trophy Kane needs to be at his best.
The 24 year old shot to fame with his performance against Argentina in the group stage of this ongoing World Cup. he scored an exquisite valley as Croatia routed the Latin American giants 3-0. Rebic had a very fruitful season with Eintracht Frankfurt as he netted nine goals and bagged three assists for the German club. The Croatian international has raw pace and can bully the opposition defender with his sheer physicality and dribbling skill.
The Big Belgian may not have scored in the last match but his solo run to the buildup of the winning goal was more than enough to justify his selection. The 24 year old will play a pivotal role when Brazil meet them in the quarter final of the World Cup. Lukaku is fast, can soak up the pressure and more importantly he can push the team high up the pitch which often leads to a devastating attack.
Which of the above players can be the eventual star of World Cup? Comment below!
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