There are few sporting events as revered as the soccer World Cup — arguably the world’s best soccer tournament. Here’s a cool World Cup fact: A massive 3.2 billion viewers watched the 2014 World Cup on television! We know from personal experience how incredible it is to be there watching the matches live, as we did at the most recent World Cups in Germany, South Africa, and Brazil, so we are pretty excited to be headed to Russia with our guests to watch the best soccer players in the world doing what they love for their home countries.
At every World Cup, there are players that we fall in love with, for their superb skills, grit and determination, and the stories about where they come from and what they’ve had to overcome to get where they are today. With that in mind, we’re dedicating today’s blog to four of the best soccer players to watch for in the 2018 World Cup.
Christian Pulisic, USA
As both the youngest player to represent his senior national team in a World Cup qualifier, and the youngest American player to score in a World Cup qualifier, 18-year-old Christian Pulisic is definitely one to watch. His meteoric rise through the Borussia Dortmund Academy to first team after just 15 games has many wondering just how far this teenager will go in soccer, and he recently addressed rumors that he was going to be transferred to Liverpool (by saying he was very happy in Germany). Pulisic has a lot of raw talent, and it is going to be interesting to see how this young player develops as the World Cup progresses.
Marcos Aoás Corrêa (Marquinhos), Brazil
Currently playing in the French premiere league with Paris Saint-Germaine, this 22-year-old defender is much in demand (with recent transfer rumors linking him to both Manchester United and Barcelona). Starting off with Brazilian team Corinthians FC at just eight years old, Marquinhos was transferred to Roma for €3 million in 2012 ($3.8 million US at today’s exchange rates) before going to Saint-Germaine in 2013. He won gold in the last Summer Games, and is praised for his technical abilities and teamwork.
Paul Pogba, France
After playing for top Italian Serie A team Juventus for four years, Pogba transferred to Manchester United for a record £93.25 million ($114 million US) last summer, and is considered by many to be the best midfielder in the world. United boss Jose Mourinho is very happy with that purchase despite a slow start, and says that Pogba should be a contender for the Ballon d’Or next year. Despite being ridiculously talented, Pogba has such a personality that brings him many fans, and watching him play in the World Cup will be very pleasurable.
Romelu Menama Lukaku, Belgium
This stylish Everton striker is another young player with plenty of accolades under his belt already, and he is one of only five players to have scored 50 goals in the Premiere League before their 23rd birthday. He was signed to Everton from Chelsea for £28 million (a club-record) in 2014, and they are currently trying to sign him up for another long-term contract that will keep him as the highest paid player in the club’s history – the club manager says that Romelu Lukaku is a big part of their future. The Belgian team is looking strong going into the World Cup, and Romelu’s skills are obviously a big part of that strength.
These are just some of the exciting players we’ll be watching out for through the 2018 World Cup, and there are so many more that we’ll get to enjoy when we get to Russia in 2018. Still have questions about how the World Cup works? Check out our World Cup Ultimate Guide.
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