World Cup Players You Need to Watch
The 2018 World Cup is well underway as we enter the quarterfinals. Although the tournament started with 32 teams in early June, there are only eight left.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the world cup, there is still plenty of action left to see. Check out our list of the most exciting players on the field. Each of these players will have you mesmerized with their energy and skill. Although some of these players have since been eliminated from the tournament, you can still catch them playing for private clubs around the world.
Thomas Müller – Germany
Germany’s team is full of elite players, but Müller stands out as a star amongst them. The 28-year-old scored five goals in each of his last two World Cup appearances, including a hat-trick in 2014. Müller plays all of the forward positions well, but he served as a right forward this World Cup. Although not known for his physical strength, he is one of soccer’s smartest players. Müller has patience on the field and is known to be “impervious to pressure.” This makes for exciting soccer, as he moves in unpredictable ways and consistently creates scoring opportunities for the team.
Antoine Griezmann – France
After a quarterfinal elimination in 2014, France is hoping to bring home victory in 2018. Antoine Griezmann is one of the team’s best assets. Griezmann has already scored this tournament, with a penalty kick in their opening match against Australia. This led the team to a 2-1 victory. Griezmann’s ability as a power forward is incredible to watch. His pacing and ability to link up plays make it seem like he can see the future. He is always in position to finish plays.
Lionel Messi – Argentina
No list of World Cup players is complete without Messi. The man has been named best player in the world five times. His short stature combined with physical strength gives him the ability to change direction and fake out opponents in incredible fashion. This play style has earned him the nickname “The Atomic Flea.” His ball-handling skills are unmatched. A former manager once said that he is the only player that can run faster with the ball than without it.
Neymar Jr – Brazil
Neymar Jr. became the world’s most expensive player after being traded for $262 million in 2017, and the 26-year-old is well worth his weight in gold. His dribbling ability is superb. He feints and rainbow kicks in an electric manner. His technique leaves defenders tripping over themselves as Neymar lines up to take a shot. He was the World Cup’s third top goalscorer in 2014. After a devastating loss to Germany in 2014, Brazil is looking for victory with Neymar as their frontrunner.
Andres Iniesta – Spain
Andres Iniesta is known as the best midfielder of his generation. His versatility sets him apart. The 34-year-old can defend, push forward, and create plays for his team. He is “the complete footballer” with an ability to play confidently anywhere on the field. Sadly, Iniesta has announced that he will be retiring after this year’s World Cup, and since Spain was eliminated in the round of 16, his soccer career has come to an end.