Some of the hottest striking properties will be at Russia 2018 looking to come away with the prize of most fantastic forward – here are 5 contenders to the crown
England’s group doesn’t seem the toughest one ever, so the Three Lions could be scoring a few goals before the round of 16, and have a decent chance to go far. It’s quite obvious to put Harry Kane in as the main man for England: the Spurs man encapsulates the modern number nine, playing with the team and scoring in a variety of ways. He needs to switch on from the start and give England what is expected of him. If he does so, Gareth Southgate’s men can surprise a few.
We saw what the Brazilian can do with that wonder strike against Croatia. Brazil has plenty of talent, but Neymar is always the added value and the leader of this side. And unlike many others amongst the big names in this World Cup, he’ll be well rested, after being out injured since February for Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar’s club season has been relaxed to say the least and the forward can carry all his energy and will to impress on the biggest stage of all.
He knows what it’s like to score – in general, and at a World Cup. Uruguay have a solid midfield, and two great strikers in him and Edinson Cavani. But “El Pistolero” will be the main man, as usual, both in terms of charisma and goals. He can be both a finisher and a creator and Uruguay will depend heavily on how inspired he is. The opponents in the group stage (Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt) won’t pose a problem, so we expect goals and a smooth progression further down the line in the competition. With this attack: Uruguay could go all the way.
It is make it or break for Lionel Messi and Argentina: this is probably his last chance to win the World Cup, after taking the Albiceleste to the final in 2014. The firepower of Jorge Sampaoli’s team is unreal, yet realistically it is all down to the number ’10’: if Messi is on top form, we are talking about one of the best players in the history of the sport, he can always, and we mean always, make a difference. So why not: if Argentina go far – potentially all the way – there is no doubt that La Pulga is the main candidate to score the necessary goals.
A year without playing for the doping case, then back in the World Cup squad and back with a bang in the starting eleven, scoring a brace against Saudi Arabia. France is a terrible opponent, but Australia and Denmark can be beaten, and El Depredador – the Predator – is ready to slay the prey and carry his nation to a historical Round of 16. If that happens, expect the Peru poacher to be the goalscorer and given at least an extra round in the competition, Guerrero could be leading what has the potential to be one of the surprise national teams of Russia 2018.