People Who Will Define the 2018 World Cup

Jose Verdugo
Junio 14, 2018

"It's clear the boy doesn't know anything", Diego Maradona, Argentina's 1986 World Cup-winning captain, said.

Roberto Carlos, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, told TyC Sports: "If Messi were Brazilian, he would be a world champion".

"It's not a huge problem for them because the players are so good that they pick themselves".

Paulo Dybala: The Juventus superstar is arguably the most talented player Argentina has after Messi.

If Messi, with his extraordinary load of responsibility and curse-like burden thrust towards him by a nation that goes with his blessing of vast footballing talent, is being labelled as the next "D10S" or footballing saviour, the key that could help him achieve the prophecy of lifting the World Cup is his archangel or better yet, "Angel de la Guarda" - none other than Angel Di Maria.

I also like the two Uruguay forwards Suarez and Cavani as I think they'll cruise through their group, but I'm not sure how much further they will go. This World Cup features some fine players who are already stars in their own right, but, I feel, a new star will emerge out of nowhere to light up this edition. Brazil, a well balanced squad with a mix of experience and youth, stand a strong chance of taking home their sixth title.

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"I will be praying everyday for Argentina's success". An emerging player like Egypt's Mohamed Salah might win the Golden Boot for the top-scorer of the tournament. "We know it won't be easy but I'm certain that Argentina has a squad capable of being a champion in Russian Federation".

My favourite team is England.

Former African Footballer of the Year Mustapha Hadji believes that Mohamed Salah is at the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

It's a weapon Iceland can potentially use to counter the individual brilliance of Lionel Messi and other players when the two teams face each other Saturday, and Albiceleste manager Jorge Sampaoli has put special emphasis on height during tactical work at the team's training center in the Moscow suburb of Bronnitsy.

Useless stat to churn out to give a semblance of expertise: Heimar Hallgrimsson combines managing the national team with running a dental surgery clinic in a small town in Iceland.

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