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5 Players to watch out for in the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Italian Football Federation Trophies Exhibition
Jules Rimet Trophy - The greatest trophy in World Football

Millions of football fanatics and admirers of the beautiful game will flock to Russia come June to witness the spectacle that is the FIFA World Cup. As the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow comes to life, the 21st quadrennial tournament would be open for grabs as 32 strong teams battle in a total of 64 matches spread over a month of footballing action in Russia.

However, the team tournament has a history of being a little too over-dependent on individual miracles. While 1986 was Diego Maradona's World Cup and 1974 was owned by Johan Cruyff's intelligence, the upcoming Cup in Russia could possibly a stepping-stone for promising youngsters of today to write their names in the history books forever.

Media Tour ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia

Following a hard-fought qualification campaign, 32 teams would kick off the World Cup in Moscow on 14 June 2018 and the final would be contested at the same venue on 15 July 2018.

Let's have a look at five promising players who will be key in Russia for their respective teams:

#1 Neymar Jr (Forward; Brazil)

Brazil v Germany - Final: Men's Football - Olympics: Day 15
Neymar celebrates after winning the Olympic Gold with Brazil

As the Brazilian's Paris dream faced a disappointing end, Neymar would be gunning to aim for glory in the upcoming World Cup. Missing out the semifinals at home against Germany in 2014, Neymar made amends by scoring the winning penalty against the Germans in the Olympic Games in Brazil and would be eyeing to continue his stellar run of form with the Seleção.

Brazil is the strongest contender, alongside Germany, to lift the trophy in the Luzhniki Stadium and Neymar couldn't ask for a better setting to take revenge against the Germans.

Brazil v Argentina - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier
The strongest attacking trio in the World Cup?

The former Barcelona forward moved to Paris in the summer of 2017 as he reportedly ventured on a path to individual glory and a World Cup success under his belt would resurrect Neymar's name among the top players in Modern Football.

Brazil have a highly talented and strong squad and under Tite, the Selecao have been virtually unbeatable. Losing just one match in their Qualification campaign, the Yellows easily made it to Russia and shall be ready to do the dirty and difficult task in the main event.

Brazil's team chemistry and attacking prowess would be highly significant in their bid for glory. Can Neymar achieve greatness in Moscow?

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