Every country is bucking up and preparing their stars for the FIFA World Cup this year. Clearly, the fans are extremely excited and cannot wait for it to start! The predictions and the discussions online have begun.
There are some players who stand out every year and have naturally become the favorites. A lot of the people look forward to watching them play this year, which is certainly nothing short of a treat. Let’s have a glance at this year’s top 5 star players!
Toni Kroos (Germany)
Germany is ranked as the number one FIFA and Toni Kroos is easily one of the best players it has on board. He plays as the midfielder for the German National Team. He was the youngest player to have represented the Bayern Munich professionally at the age of 17 years 8 months and 22 days. He is the recipient of the IFFHS World’s best playmaker Bronze and Silver award in 2016 and 2017 respectively. In the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he scored 2 goals just two minutes apart and recorded his fourth assist, as a result of which, he was named the man of the match.
Paulo Dybala (Argentina)
Paulo Dybala started his career at the age of 19 and was transferred to Juventus in 2015 following which he won two prestigious titles: Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana. He is known for his great technical abilities, balance and dribbling abilities. While playing in the 2017/2018 session while playing for Juventus, he was awarded the best UEFA Player of the Year Award. The same season he scored two hat-tricks against Genoa and Sassuolo. In 2017, he was nominated for the Ballon d’Or and was 15th on the list. The 23-year-old sure is going to put up a great fight.
Luis Suárez (Uruguay)
Luis Suárez is undoubtedly a great asset for the Uruguay National Team. The 31-year-old started at the Nacional Football club in 2003. The KNVB Cup was his first trophy which he bagged in 2010 and emerged as the league’s top scorer and was honored as the Dutch Footballer of the year. He is popularly known for being a part of the attacking trio that Barcelona had with Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. Out of a total of 94 participations, he has managed a great score of hitting 47 goals for his home team. By the time he had touched 100 matches for Barcelona, he had scored 88 goals and 43 assists in 2017.
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
The Argentine footballer, Lionel Messi is the recipient of the Ballon d’Or five times and four Golden Shoes. He became the youngest player to have played for Argentina in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He is one of the most successful and popular names in football. He established himself as Barcelona’s highest goal-scorer. He was, like Suárez, a part of the iconic attacking trio with Neymar for Barcelona. Barcelona was a team, playing for which he set new records. He has the highest number of hat-tricks scored, which is 41 and is the topmost goalscorer in the competition, having a record of 551 goals. He is the scorer of 600 senior career goals. He is considered to be in intense competition with Ronaldo and fans have made a Ronaldo-Messi rivalry.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo is easily one of the greatest players in the history of football. He is a record 5-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, a tie with Messi and was the first European player to win four European golden shoes. At the age of 18, he started playing for Manchester United, winning the FA Cup and helped United win three Premier League titles in a row and also a FIFA Club World Cup. In 2016, once he became the Captain of the Portugal national football team, he led them to victory at the Euro Cup and won the Silver Boot. He beat Pelé and Hussein Saeed as the joint fifth highest goal scored in 2017 with a total of 78 goals. While playing for United, he has an important role as he plays both as a striker and supporting forward and even attacking midfielder.