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FIFA World Cup 2018: Top five game changers to watch out for

In the past, Messi has faltered on big stages for Argentina and shown that he too is human and can succumb to pressure.4th time lucky is a matter to wait and watch.

Devdiscourse News Desk Last Updated at 12-06-2018 20:12:51 IST Argentina, Croatia, France, Russian Federation, Uruguay
FIFA World Cup 2018: Top five game changers to watch out for
  • These players are ready to go all out and win the World Cup trophy for their respective countries. (Image Credit: Reuters)

Game changers to watch out for in Russia

Lionel Messi

The Argentinian wizard has lot to prove. He has represented the national side thrice in World Cup,2006,2010,2014. In 2006, Messi became the Albiceleste's youngest-ever World Cup player when he came off the bench in the 74th minute against Serbia & Montenegro. Messi was instrumental in helping Argentina reach the quarter finals. They lost in the penalties against Germany. Messi and Co again lost in quarterfinals in 2010 against Germany. In 2014, Argentina was again up against Germany in the final and a 90th minute missed free kick resulted in a heartbreaking loss for Argentina. The Golden Ball award for best player was scant consolation for a player who had given everything to take the big prize home to Argentina. Copa America 2015,2016 also saw Messi and Co losing in final against Chile.


Coming to 2017-2018, Messi had a phenomenal season scoring 42 goals from 52 games across all formats.Fans will be waiting for the greatest of all time to prove the world that he is the best and can handle pressure of big stages. In the past, he has faltered on big stages for Argentina and shown that he to is human and can succumb to pressure.4th time lucky is a matter to wait and watch.

Antionee Grizemann


Griezmann was first spotted by Real Socio Dad and rest is history. He has shown lot of promise since Euro 2016. The talisman scored jawdropping six goals in the Euro 2016 and was awarded the Golden Boot. He was instrumental in taking France to the finals of Euro 2016. The Atletico Madrid star had a great season for the club with 25 goals and 15 assists. He can be the game changer for France.

Luka Modric

Croatia was never in the big league till the time Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric came into the picture. Luka Modric is a midfielder for Croatia. The Croatian midfielder has the ability to create big upsets. The team skipper will be instrumental for Croatia to qualify from group stages. He changed fortunes for Real Madrid since his transfter to the club in 2012. The midfielder has scored 11 goas for the club.


Upon Modric's arrival, there was confusion over what would be his role. Modric was widely described as a "mediapunta", a support striker or playmaker. Anybody who had seen him in England, though, knew that his best position was as a midfielder sitting slightly deeper, carrying the ball forward and picking out team-mates with his superb vision and range of passing. Ancelotti said last year: "Luka Modric is definitely one of best midfield players in the world. He has great technical abilities, reads the game and has a strong personality that he has built over the years. Let see how many tricks can this magical midfielder pull of this world cup.

David Silva

David Silva who is also considered as 'Spanish Messi', will be one of the most popular players to watch out in this FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia. David Silva has always been playing a vital part in some of the crucial matches and helped Spain to win big titles. Hence, Spanish faithful will be hoping Silva can use his experience having already won the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and the Euro in 2012.


Silva is our Messi," said Vicente del Bosque, Spain's head coach for the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship triumphs. He never doubted Silva's quality. He is the fourth highest goal scorer for Spain with 35 goals. He has scored 60 goals for Manchester City since his signing in 2010. It will be interesting to see how "Spanish Messi" goes about his world cup campaign.

Edinson Cavani


Edinson Cavani is one of the best striker in the world right now, He has made 100 appearances and scored 44 goals for Uruguay. Cavani has scored 25 goals in 43 matches for Paris Saint German. He along with Luis Suarez will be the guiding force for Uruguay. Uruguay till date cherish Diego Forlan's Golden Ball moment in World Cup 2010,where they reached the semi-finals, Can Cavani help Uruguay restore its glory? The dynamics of Uruguay has always been interesting.

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