FIFA 2018 begins today...Top 10 players you should know

 New Delhi, June 14: The biggest football festival organised by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association of 2018 is all set to get started from today, in Russia. The footballing action will begin soon after the ceremony when hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. However, we have brought these top 10 players among the 32 countries to watch out for this  FIFA World Cup 2018.


Lionel Messi (Argentina)

This 30-year-old Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and is considered as the best player across the globe and also regarded as the greatest of all time. Since Messi started his career the European nations became petrified of him. This FIFA the footballer will be the centre of attraction because Russia 2018 will almost certainly be his last chance to win the World Cup.


Neymar Jr (Brazil)

This 26-year-old Brazilian professional footballer plays as a forward for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. Neymar is the joint-third highest goalscorer for his national team scoring 55 goals in 85 matches. Neymar is also compared to the greatest footballer of all time Pele because of his technique for dribbling, finishing, and ability with both feet. Hence, it would be interesting to see Neymar Jr in the World Cup.


Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

This 33-year-old Portuguese professional footballer plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team is regarded as one of the best players of the world. Though Ronaldo never tasted the success of winning the trophy for Portugal, but has a five Ballon d'Or awards, the most for a European player, and is the first player to win four European Golden Shoes. It will be interesting to see that this great player will be able to win this season or not.


Luis Suárez (Uruguay)

This 31-year-old Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguay national team is also regarded as one of the best players of the world. Luis Suárez has scored 47 goals in 94 appearances, secured a UEFA Champions League title and two European Golden Shoes. In 2010’s World Cup in South Africa, Uruguay managed to succeed in World tournaments by reaching the semi-finals. Hopefully is all goes well Luis Suárez would manage to make Uruguay win this World Cup trophy.



Toni Kroos (Germany)

This 28-year-old German professional footballer plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and the German national team. Toni Kroos was named best player in the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, won the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Ball and also played a pivotal role for making Germany as the World Champion in the 2014 World Cup. Considered as one of the best midfielders in the world, it will be interesting to see him playing on the Russian field.



Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

This 25-year-old Egyptian professional footballer plays as a forward for English club Liverpool and the Egyptian national team. Mohamed Salah is considered one of the finest footballers who participated in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2011 Salah played a major role for Egypt to reach the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, and also became the top goalscorer during CAF qualification to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Probably, this season will be interesting to see this footballers skills and tactics on the ground.



David Silva (Spain)

This 32-year-old Spanish professional footballer plays as a central or an attacking midfielder for English club Manchester City and the Spain national team. David Silva is one of eleven Spanish players to have amassed 100 caps and has scored 35 goals which also makes him the fourth highest goalscorer in Spain's history. The winner of FIFA World Cup in 2010 and the Euro Cup in 2012, Spanish team's Silva will be using his experience this season on the Russian field.



Mesut Ozil (Germany)

This 29-year-old German professional footballer plays as an attacking midfielder for English club Arsenal and the Germany national team. Özil has played 86 matches for the Germany national team, scoring 22 goals and also played a vital role in 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012. The footballer also contributed a lot in the 2014 World Cup by winning against Argentina in the final. This season Ozil's vision will be helpful to decide how far Germany will go to the Russian field.



Eden Hazard (Belgium)

This 27-year-old Belgian professional footballer plays as an attacking midfielder and as a wide midfielder for English club Chelsea and the Belgium national team. Hazard was the member Belgian team which reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2016. The footballer is considered as a superb passer and also praised for his playing style will be one of the centres of attractions of this season.



James Rodriguez (Colombia)

This 26-year-old Colombian professional footballer plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for German club Bayern Munich on loan from Real Madrid, and captains the Colombia national team. Rodriguez was the captain of U-20 team during the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup and also played in the 2014 FIFA World Cup where he was the top goalscorer. This FIFA it will be worth seeing his technique, vision and playmaking skills on the Russian field.


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