World Cup 2022: the stars to follow at the World Cup

With the World Cup launching this Sunday in Qatar, the best footballers on the planet are set to win the most prestigious international competition. Here are six stars to follow this World Cup 2022.

Kylian Mbappe (France)

A true international star at the age of 23, Kylian Mbappé does not stop panicking on the counters. This season, he has scored 12 goals and provided 2 assists in 14 Ligue 1 games with PSG. Meanwhile, he has scored 7 times and provided 3 assists in 6 Champions League games. With the Blues, he has a ratio close to 1 goal every 2 games with 28 goals in 59 official matches.

Already a World Cup winner in 2018 aged just 19, Kylian Mbappé will be aiming for a second consecutive coronation with the Blues to allow the country to achieve a feat that has not been achieved for more than half a century, along with Brazil in 1958 and 1962.

Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Despite his 35 years, Lionel Messi is making a great start to the season with PSG. He scored 7 goals and 10 assists in 13 Ligue 1 games, as well as 4 goals and 4 assists in 5 Champions League games this season. In his career, FC Barcelona and PSG combined, he scored 695 times in 831 games for 332 total assists.

Over the past ten years, the man with seven Ballon d’Ors has been directly involved in 449 goals, at least 70 more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues, according to Opta.

After ending his international drought by winning the 2021 Copa America with Argentina, Leo Messi aims to win the only major trophy missing from his list. This will be his last participation after his failures in the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 editions. Captain of the Albiceleste for this World Cup, he will try to lead his country to the coveted title, having scored 90 goals in 164 official matches with Argentina.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

After Euro 2016 won by Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo is now dreaming of winning the World Cup with his selection, which has yet to enter his name in the list. The five-time Ballon d’Or, which is decided in the main events, has a strong selection, placed among the favorites for this edition.

In the difficulty of Manchester United, and even in the chaos after his interview against the English club, “CR7” is driven by a sense of revenge and the desire to shine in the Portuguese jersey on his shoulders. Especially since a good World Cup would be a perfect springboard for a return to a high standing club during the winter transfer window next January, a few days after the World Cup. As a reminder, he scored 117 goals in 191 official matches for Portugal.

Neymar (Brazil)

Twenty years after his last World Cup title, the Brazilian selection, the most successful with five victories, is counting on Neymar to end the long waiting period.

Kylian Mbappé will wear number 10 with the Blues in Qatar.

At PSG, he scored 11 goals and delivered 9 assists in 14 Ligue 1 games this season. A perfect start to the season, confirmed by equally flattering statistics in the Champions League with 2 goals and 3 assists in 5 games with the capital club. Back at his best, the Brazilian prodigy has already scored 75 goals in 121 official Seleção matches.

“He’s evolved into a more creative role. He’s a mainstay, creator and finisher, but he’s kind of in the background. He’s the bow and arrow. The creator and the finisher,” Brazil coach Tite said of him. observer for this edition, Brazil will therefore be able to rely on their nugget in great shape to try to win the sixth star.

Karim Benzema (France)

Last season, Karim Benzema shone at Real Madrid, scoring 27 goals and providing 12 assists in 32 league games. In the Champions League, he scored 15 goals and provided 2 assists in 12 games. These performances led his club to the title of champion of Spain and the coronation in the Champions League.

He was awarded the Ballon d’Or a few weeks ago for all his work. With the Blues, he ranks fifth among the top scorers in the selection’s history with 37 goals in 97 official matches. Last year, he won the Nations League with France. But absent from the Blues’ coronation four years ago in Russia, Karim Benzema wants to end this dream year in the best possible way.

Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)

Manchester City strongman Kevin De Bruyne is a ball-to-foot maestro, able to distribute the game with above-average vision. Twice a runner-up in the UEFA best player in Europe title, in 2020 and 2022, the 31-year-old could also be participating in his last World Cup.

This season, he has provided 10 assists for 3 goals scored in 14 Premier League games with Manchester City. In the Champions League, he provided 3 assists in 4 games. Pillar of the Belgian selection, he will try to do better than the third place the Red Devils got in the last edition.

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