Our experts give their verdict on who the best footballer in Russia will be
Out in Russia, World Cup 2018 is about to kick-off and supporters drooling at the prospect of watching some of the best players in the world over the next month.
Some superstars, like Leonardo Bonucci and Arjen Robben have missed the tournament after Italy and Netherlands failed to qualify.
Luckily, though, we still get to witness Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Cristiano Ronaldo with Argentina, Brazil, and Portugal, respectively.
Here at talkSPORT.com we can’t wait to see what they’re going to do and one of men on show is set to win the Golden Ball, given to the best player at the World Cup.
So who do our writers believe will win the accolade? Scroll down to find out.
As much as I would love to see an Englishman winning the accolade and give fans something to be optimistic about for the future, you can’t look past Brazilian talisman Neymar. Eccentric, talented and troublesome in equal measure, the 26-year-old has all the ingredients to be the best in the world and I fully expect to see him taking the mantle from Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best after this tournament.
In 2014 they gave this award to Lionel Messi even though he didn’t deserve it. However, this time around I believe he will earn it by leading Argentina on an inspired run to glory, rediscovering his best form along the way.
If Argentina get to the semi-finals we could see Lionel Messi, perhaps a little undeservedly again, win the Golden Ball. Overall, if he’s fit enough, I believe Neymar will prove his ability at the World Cup and fire Brazil to glory.
I am predicting France and Brazil to do very well in the tournament but it seems likely they will face each other in the semi-finals. Whoever wins this game wins the tournament in my eyes and I back Griezmann and co. to come out on top against Neymar and Brazil.
Unfairly denied a crack at the 2014 semi-final in his home country, Neymar has unfinished Business at the World Cup. The Brazilian people call it ‘Neymar depencia’ and he thrives under the pressure of carrying an entire nation’s hopes on his shoulders. It will be his tournament.
He was named Player of the Tournament at the last World Cup despite not being the best player, and I’m expecting the same again this year.
The first of two Golden Balls this year, I reckon.
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Source : TalkSport