With a little more than a month to go, the FIFA World Cup 2018 kicks off to a start on the 14th of June. With the top-ranked goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on their team, Germany currently occupies the coveted spot on top of the tally, with 1533 points. This is followed by Brazil with the fan favorite Neymar on their side and Belgium with 1346 points. In the ranking of the top players, Cristiano Ronaldo is on top of the list, with 92 Pace, 92 shooting, and 91 Dribbling, closely followed by Messi and Neymar. Messi has been ranked the top dribbler with 96 and Neymar follows him with the second highest dribbling attribute of 95. However, after suffering from a severe sprain during the Real Madrid vs. Barcelona match on Sunday, it remains to be seen if the effect is felt in Ronaldo’s performance at the world cup next month, with experts suggesting that sprains could take months to heal.
After fierce bidding, amidst accusations of bribery and corruption, Russia is all set to host the world cup for the very first time, across 12 different venues in 11 host cities. The first match is scheduled to be held on the 14th of June between Russia and Saudi Arabia, with the last world cup winners being pitted against Mexico on the 17th. While Germany has won the title 4 times including 2014, Brazil holds the record for the most number of titles, with 5 titles in total. It is also interesting to note that India has never qualified for the world cup, though it was offered a chance to participate in 1950 when all the other teams in their group withdrew. However, India also withdrew itself from the match, citing various reasons, ranging from lack of practice time to exorbitant travel costs.
With football fans eagerly awaiting the start of the tournament, it marks the beginning of the wait to see if the tables are turned around or if the top teams continue to maintain their rankings. With fans pouring in from across the world, tickets are almost sold out for the favorites. Meanwhile, as in the slogan of the Polish Team, “A Million Hearts, One Beat” as they wait for the 14th of June continues.