With the World Cup just around the corner, the fans are brimming with immense joy and excitement. Some people just need another reason to search something about the World Cup. We tend to connect the things that we love; one way is to look for players who represent our clubs in the World Cup and add another few countries to the list of teams to support in the upcoming World Cup. This article will look at one club FC Barcelona and the 14 players who are off to Russia.
Here are the players from FC Barcelona who will be playing in the FIFA World Cup 2018
ARGENTINA: Lionel Messi
Argentina faces a tough group with Croatia, Nigeria & Iceland. The current holder of the Golden Ball (2014 Brazil) and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi had an immensely prolific season finishing ahead of Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo as Europe’s top scorer. Often considered as the best footballer in history(debatable), Messi has been voted FIFA’s player of the year on five separate occasions. Argentina’s all-time leading goalscorer and captain will be making his fourth World Cup appearance at Russia 2018. The 30-year old has scored 64 goals in 124 matches for Argentina.
BELGIUM: Thomas Vermaelen
Belgium has been tipped for greatness for several years now, with the Red Devils possessing blistering potential in a superb crop of players. Their golden generation is not getting any younger, however, and their fans will be hoping they can hit their promised heights at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Thomas Vermaelen has been a fringe player after his transfer to Barcelona but he has 63 caps for his country and is still a relatively more important player for the Belgian National Team.
BRAZIL: Philippe Coutinho & Paulinho
Brazil is considered to be one of the most powerful sides going to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It is believed that all Brazilians are born with the gift of playing football and it is hard to disagree with the statement seeing the never-ending amount of gifted Brazilians in world football. Coutinho is one such Brazilian who is one of the most technically gifted players in the world. He has the ability to go past defenders with a certain flair and pick out the runners with amazing through balls. He has scored 9 goals in 36 matches for Brazil and will look to add to his tally in the upcoming World Cup.
Paulinho is the second player joining the Brazil squad after Coutinho and can be looked at as his less shiny version. He is a rugged central midfielder who likes to cover as much as grass as possible in the 90 minutes he plays. The 29-year old performs his best in the yellow shirt and has already scored 12 goals in his 48 appearances for the country.
COLOMBIA: Yerry Mina
Jose Pekerman’s side will face Japan, Poland, and Senegal in Group H. Colombia is poised to finish on the top of the group. In terms of who will advance to the knockout stages, the battle between Poland and Colombia could prove pivotal. Yerry Mina is new to the Barcelona side and is considered a hot prospect, his performance in Colombia’s campaign will be detrimental for his stature among other high-profile youngsters. At the age of 24, Mina has already earned 12 caps for his country.
CROATIA: Ivan Rakitic
One of the more important matches would take place on the 21st of June this year between Croatia and Argentina, The duel between Ivan Rakitic and his Barcelona teammate, Lionel Messi will definitely prove to be one of the many intriguing subplots to what will be just the second meeting between the two nations on the global stage. Rakitic has earned 91 caps for Croatia and is undoubtedly one of their most important players.
FRANCE: Samuel Umtiti & Ousmane Dembele
France is in a relatively easy group with Peru, Australia, and Denmark, all of them considered to be leagues below France. Samuel Umtiti has been a key player for the French National team since his performances in the 2016 Euro Cup. At the age of 24, he has earned 18 caps for his country and also cemented his place in the first team in the process.
Ousmane Dembele is one of the hottest prospects in world football, after his mega-money move to Spanish giants Barcelona, he has earned a spot in 23-man French World Cup squad. The 21-year old has already played in 11 matches for his nation and will hope to add more to his tally.
GERMANY: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
Joachim Low’s reigning champions will face Mexico, South Korea, and Sweden in Group F. Die Mannschaft will be looking to defend their title as the World Cup champions of 2014. Ter Stegen had an amazing season for Barcelona with 19 clean sheets out of his 37 games. The German International built his stellar performance to the extent that some fans believe that he deserves the no.1 shirt ahead of Manuel Neuer.
SPAIN: Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta & Jordi Alba
Spain is in one of the most competitive groups in the upcoming World Cup with Iran, Morroco and UEFA Euro 16 winners Portugal. Piqué was a key figure in defence and a natural leader for Barcelona’s back line. He is set to partner Sergio Ramos and form one of the deadliest defensive duos in the world. The 31-year old has earned 97 caps for his country and is sure to reach a century in the upcoming World Cup.
Sergio Busquets recently passed a century of caps for his national team. One of the most experienced and disciplined footballers in the world today, the defensive midfielder is a guaranteed starter in the amazing Spanish midfield.
The scorer of the winner in Spain’s last World Cup victory, Andres Iniesta still continues to have an impact on the squad. With 13 goals in 126 matches for the Spanish National side, he’s been selected in the squad for the upcoming World Cup as well.
The Spanish full-back is considered to be one of the best defenders in the world. His composed defensive style as well as ability to burst down the flanks and link up with attackers flawlessly makes Alba a complete full-back. The 29-year old holds 61 caps for the Spanish National team.
URUGUAY: Luis Suarez
With two-time champions, Uruguay looking like the team which will most likely top Group A, The 2nd place will most definitely be contested strongly among Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. A prolific striker for club and country, Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time leading goalscorer. A European and world champion with Barcelona, the forward has scored five times at the FIFA World Cup, having starred at South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. The 31-year old will be looking to add to his tally of 51 goals in 98 appearances for his country.