Football is a team sport and it requires the collective effort of the entire team to win a football match. Although it is a team sport, there are always some players who shine brighter than the rest of the team. There’s always a talisman who manages to get us off our seats. Compiled below, we have a list of players who might make history in the 2014 World Cup and etch their names onto our hearts for eternity with their sublime performances.
Blessed with sublime dribbling techniques, Neymar possesses match winning abilities. The hope of the entire nation Brazil is pinned onto the shoulders of this 22 year old and he certainly looks to fulfill expectations. We are definitely predicting Neymar to shine in the World Cup in spite of the tremendous pressure that is looming over his head.
The inclusion of Klose in this list is because of the fact that he is only a goal short of equaling Ronaldo’s record of 15 goals in the World Cup finals. Germany’s current all-time scorer with 69 goals, Klose is strictly on the German team on the basis of merit. A couple of goals for Klose will place Klose as the greatest goal scorer in the history of World Cup.
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Compared to his usual standards, Messi didn’t enjoy a stellar season at Barcelona. That is water under the bridge now and Messi is currently at the peak age of his career. This could very well be the best opportunity for him to win the World cup and we’re backing the 4 time Ballon D’or Winner to come through the tournament with flying colors.
As shown in the previous World Cup, Muller is a player who simply thrives on the biggest stage. Muller won the golden boot award aged just 20 in 2010. With further 4 years of experience under his belt, Muller could easily eclipse his total of 5 goals in the 2010 World Cup edition. Muller is truly a fox in the box.
Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t been able to transform his phenomenal club form to the World Cup tournaments as evident from his previous outings. This could be the last time for Ronaldo to shine at the greatest football event. The reigning Ballon D’or Winner definitely has the talent to shine through and make history.
Belgium is considered the dark horse of the tournament and rightly so; the phenomenal Eden Hazard plays for Belgium. Hazard will have to perform at his usual best for Belgium to perform well in the World Cup. Coming from a successful season in the Premier League, where he was awarded the PFA Young Player of the year Award for his endeavors, the man is definitely not short on confidence.
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There are no superlatives to describe the brilliance of this man. Andrea Pirlo plays football at a walking pace. He seems to believe in the Brazilian footballer Socrates’ philosophy,” A player who is running isn’t thinking and a player who is thinking isn’t running.” Pirlo can dictate the tempo of the game with relative ease and he is considered a dead ball specialist.
Arjen Robben is a player who is 30 years old but he looks like he’s 40 and plays like he’s 20. The man is loaded with pace and he looks to set the World Cup alight with his mazy runs. Arjen Robben will surely get all of us off our seats with his dribbling and thunderous shots.
Although Luis Suarez’s recent surgery has made him a major doubt for the group stages, the man could be back in the knock out phases and Uruguay will sorely need his striking abilities. The man is at the peak of his career and he was recently voted the Premier League Player of the Year for scoring 31 goals.
England has a new front man and his name is Daniel Sturridge. His trademark celebrations could be the talk of the town if he manages to transform his club form to the international stage. He’s had a terrific season at Liverpool, scoring 21 goals and finishing as the second highest goal scorer in the Premier League.