The World Cup may be the largest showcase in the world, and although not all stars will participate, many of the world’s best players will be present. Some of them called to be the stars for their different teams.
Panama Today presents the list of six players that could win the titles during the competition month in Russia.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): No list excludes the idol of Real Madrid and maximum figure of the Portuguese national team with which he already won a European Championship in 2016 and with which he will seek the only title he is missing from his trophy cabinet: the World Cup. He will participate in Russia at the age of 33, but with his explosiveness and goal-scoring capacity still at the top. He also has five Golden Ball awards, and two The Best Awards that FIFA has granted him to date. He is the historical maximum scorer of Real Madrid with 443 goals; the top scorer of the Champions League with 188 and the highest scorer of Portugal with 79 goals.
Foto Cortesía: Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi (Argentina): The idol of Barcelona FC arrives at the 2018 World Cup with a heavy load, which is that of not having been able to win an important trophy with the gaucho team. Messi, who is turning 31 during the World Cup, is the star that shines the most in the combined Albiceleste, thanks to his five Golden Ball awards and the 30 titles he accumulates with his club. He is also the top scorer of Argentina’s national team with 61 goals scored.
Foto Cortesía: Lionel Messi
Harry Kane (England): Object of the desire for many European clubs, this 25-year-old striker is a figure of Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League, with which he has scored 134 goals in seven seasons. He made his debut with the national team on March 27, 2015 and only a minute and a half after his entry scored his first goal. He has scored a total of 12 goals in 23 games, for an average of 0.52, and was one of the creators of England qualifiers to Russia.
Foto Cortesía: http://www.tottenhamhotspur.
Neymar (Brazil): Although he is still looking to shine individually, this time at Paris Saint Germain, the 26-year-old Brazilian striker will be undoubtedly the most brilliant star of a Brazilian team populated by young players, who will arrive in Russia 2018 with the favorite label. Despite living under the shadow of Lionel Messi, Neymar scored 105 goals in 186 games played in four years in Barcelona, before moving to Paris to be the leader of a winning project. However, a fracture in a foot bone has called into question his participation in the World Cup, which would be a very hard blow for the canarinha.
Foto Cortesía: @neymarjr
Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany): The number one goalkeeper of Barcelona, trained at Borussia Moenchengladbach, is on this list for being one of the best players in the world, supported by some impressive statistics. He also stands out in a team full of stars such as Robert Lewandowski and Toni Kroos, among others. He will turn 26 at the World Cup, at the top of his physical condition.
Foto Cortesía: EFE
Román Torres (Panama): The central defender of the Seattle Sounders of the American Major League Soccer is responsible to lead Panama in its debut in World Championships. Torres, who is turning 32 today, has just won Best Male Athlete of 2017 in Panama and has the experience of managing to organize the canal team in Russia 2018. He has played with teams from Panama, Colombia and the United States, and has won titles in the leagues in which he has participated and has been awarded the 2016 Latino Player of the Year in the MLS.
All these players are called to be one step above the rest, but that will not only depend on their individual performance, but also on the participation of the rest of their teammates.