The 2018 World Cup is swiftly approaching, as the summer’s biggest sporting event gets set to open in June in Russia.
There will be 32 countries battling it out across two month’s of action, including the top class nations aiming for outright supremacy and those simply seeking to enjoy their time on the grandest stage in international football.
With the world’s best players set to embark on Russia in a bid to showcase their talents, the top names in the sport will be featuring live on our screens.
So, following what has been another dramatic club campaign across Europe, here are four key players to watch out for in the 2018 World Cup on Russian territory.
If fit and ready, Neymar can simply steal the show at the World Cup in his Brazil national colours. The PSG superstar sustained a sickening injury ahead of the tournament but is expected to just be ready on time.
Brazil are regarded as the 4/1 favourites in the football betting to go all the way and claim the 2018 World Cup in Russia, following their disastrous defeat at the hands of Germany in the last tournament four years ago on home soil.
With Neymar leading the Samba side out in Russia as captain, there will be renewed hope that they can go on and record a famous success this summer, subsequently banishing hurtful memories of that former German embarrassment.
Real Madrid sharpshooter Cristiano Ronaldo will be one of the other key superstar names set to showcase his mercurial talents on Russian turf, as he attempts to lead Portugal to yet another major international trophy.
The national skipper was a pivotal aspect of the Navigators going all the way and famously beating France in the Euro 2016 final, notably on French soil, to secure what was their maiden piece of silverware at the highest level.
Can Real Madrid’s all-time clinical goal scorer help guide his nation to even greater success at the World Cup? It’s a huge task, but if anybody can do it, Ronaldo can!
Barcelona icon Lionel Messi will be gunning for one last hurray at lifting a major honour with Argentina, after an array of failures in the past.
Despite being arguably the greatest player to ever grace the pitch, along with a crazy amount of silverware success with Barca, the World Cup still eludes him. A win in Russia would likely seal his legacy as the best player in history. Watch this space.
Liverpool’s main man Mohamed Salah has become somewhat of a new star in the sport, after previously faltering at Chelsea then enjoying some relative success at Roma.
Now at Liverpool the Egyptian dynamo has risen to prominence and become clearly one of the best players in the game at the moment. It’s a massive ask to help Egypt progress from the group stage, but doing so would only bolster his reputation, and not mention price-tag!