FIFA World Cup 2018: Top 5 Brazil stars to watch out for

Neymar will eagerly try to lead Brazil to their sixth World Cup trophy
Manav Jain

With the start of the FIFA World Cup 2018 under a week away, the hype surrounding the tournament sure is building up. A number of sides look extremely strong and could pose quite a claim to win the biggest and most significant trophy in world football.

Brazil are the most successful team in the tournament having won it five times; a feat that no other team has been able to match so far. Naturally, all eyes will be on them at the World Cup 2018 as they will be bolstered by the return of their superstar Neymar, who had missed the last few months of club football due to an ankle injury.

With an average squad age of 28 years and 220 days, the side will have plenty of experience to rely on. However, only 6 of their 23 players were a part of Brazil's 2014 World Cup squad and thus, the side may be relatively inexperienced on the grandest stage.

On that note, here is a look at the top 5 Brazilian stars you should look out for at this World Cup:

#5 Marquinhos

Marquinhos will be playing his first World Cup

Position: Defender

Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos will be making his first World Cup appearance next week. The 24-year-old is expected to partner PSG teammate and captain Thiago Silva at the centre of Brazil's defence.

Marquinhos has had an excellent season himself and won the domestic treble with PSG. The Brazilian has been a mainstay in his club's side and is no rookie. He is a solid presence at the back and could become the eventual successor of Thiago Silva at both club and international levels.

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Edited by Shambhu Ajith
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