The eyes of the world will be on Qatar as they are hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup in November. It will be an especially tremendous occasion as it is the first time a country in the Middle East has hosted the event. Listed here are some of the greatest players to ever play and why they should be watched during the 2022 World Cup.
1. Neymar – Brazil
Currently, with the Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar is a Brazilian professional footballer who, like everyone on this list, is widely considered one of the best players in the world. He is also the most expensive player, even after his move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 which cost around $230million USD. He plays for Brazil at national level and is only behind legendary player Pelé as the top-scoring player for his country. He is a truly versatile player and has played as a central striker, second striker, and winger. He is currently the fourth highest-paid athlete in the world and he will no doubt be named in the Brazil line-up for the World Cup and will be key to securing a victory for the team.
2. Robert Lewandowski – Poland
Robert Lewandowski debuted in 2008 for the international Polish team and was quick to gain the attention of the football world with his close ball skills and ability to score from long range. He is considered one of the best strikers in the game and is Poland’s all-time top scorer. His tall frame and proficiency with the ball with both feet sets him apart from other players, which are just a couple of reasons why he is the captain of the Polish team. His leadership qualities and skill on the field mean that Poland has a good chance to be the victors of the 2022 World Cup.
3. Lionel Messi – Argentina
Messi is the current captain of the Argentina national team and one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. His senior career had him play for Barcelona but has since moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 2021. Internationally, he is the top scorer for Argentina with 81 goals and was the youngest player to ever represent Argentina when he debuted in 2006 at age 19. His playing style has been favorably compared to fellow Argentinian Diego Maradona as they are both short in stature, left-footed, and able to dribble the ball at great speed while maneuvering around opponents. The 2022 World Cup odds will be in their favor because Messi’s skill and tenacity is what earned him the country’s captaincy and is what will drive Argentina to a potential win.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal
Captain of the Portugal international team, Ronaldo has cemented his star status as a world-class football player with his name becoming synonymous with the game of football. Born in 1985 in Portugal, Ronaldo showed much promise as a football player from an early age, even forgoing his education at the age of 14 to focus entirely on football. As history has shown, this gamble paid off and he is now considered one of the best football players in the history of the sport. He also has a sense of showmanship in his style of play to which the viewing public has warmed. He is good and not afraid to show it. Ronaldo will be a key part of any of the team’s successes in the 2022 World Cup and any team going up against Portugal should be wary of him.