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Top 5 contenders to win the FIFA World Cup

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We are less than 6 months away from the World Cup in Russia
We are less than 6 months away from the World Cup in Russia

The FIFA World Cup is widely considered as the biggest event in football, if not the biggest in the world - as the ratings of the final games usually suggest. With less than 6 months to go for Russia to host the tournament, several sides are already being touted among the favorites to write history in Moscow.

Although a World Cup is never predictable, the fans have reacted differently following the draw which was held earlier this month. Many have already made their predictions as to who the four semi-finalists will be, whereas others have strictly confirmed the identity of the winner.

So, without further delay let us have a closer look at the top five contenders to claim the throne in 2018:

#5 Argentina

Brazil v Argentina - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier
Lionel Messi will be determined to achieve the World Cup in quite possibly his last attempt

Argentina have had a rough passage in the CONMEBOL qualifiers and even faced the risk of not making it to Russia, but Lionel Messi and company were able to inspire their nation to book a ticket in the last round, after beating Ecuador 3-1 in Quito.

Despite struggling in the qualifiers, this Argentina side has already shown how well it can handle the pressure in big tournaments. As a matter of fact, they were able to reach the final of the 2014 World Cup, followed by two straight finals in Copa América, albeit, losing all three against Germany and Chile on two attempts, respectively.

What Argentina has lacked in the past few years is essentially the ability to cope with pressure in the finals, and to make the difference by scoring at least one goal, which could have been enough to claim the trophy in regular time.

Obviously, the team faces a lot of problems, especially the back-line and the defensive organization of Jorge Sampaoli. However, the most alarming concern might will be their failure to find the right combination in order to get the best out of their extraordinary pool of talent in the front lines.

Messil will be determined to bring the trophy home, this time around.

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