July 02, 2013 via Pepsi
Top Five World Cup Players To Watch
We’re one short year away from the moment the world gathers again to watch the biggest single-event sporting competition on earth, The World Cup. Set in beautiful Brazil, 32 teams will face off for the title at several different venues across the country over a period of one month. This is like Christmas to all die-hard fans, but if you’re a new fan of the sport or just don’t want to watch baseball all summer, no worries. You can gain some insight into the event next summer with the Top Five World Cup Players To Watch.
1. Lionel Messi
At the age of 25, Argentina-born Messi is four-time World Player of the Year. Playing for FC Barcelona, he became their all-time top goalscorer in official club competitions with 313 goals. He's won three Champions League titles, helped win six La Liga titles and was the youngest Argentine player to play in the World Cup in 2006. He is not only considered the best player of this generation, but of all time. If there is one single player you should look out for next year it’s Argentina's Lionel Messi.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
You might say that Cristiano Ronaldo is to Lionel Messi what LeBron James is to Michael Jordan. There really isn’t a right or wrong answer when deciding who is better because they both are so unbelievably talented. Ronaldo plays a free attacking role, known for his finishing, dribbling, and passing ability. He has won several awards throughout his career such as World Player of the Year and countless championships with his club team, Real Madrid. He hasn’t won a World Cup title yet, so look forward to seeing Ronaldo at his best next year.
3. Wayne Rooney
When debating the best players of the past decade, Wayne Rooney is a sure candidate. The English forward has accomplished what most players dream about. He has led Manchester United to four Premier League titles, the 2007-08 UEFA Champions League title and two League Cups. In April 2012, Rooney scored his 180th goal, making him United’s fourth-highest goalscorer of all time. In the past year Rooney had to deal with some ups and downs after suffering injuries and navigating trade rumors. We are anxious to see how the future hall-of-famer will bounce back in time for the World Cup.
4. Sergio Agüero
Messi is by far one the best to ever kick a ball but he isn’t the only player on Argentina's National Team to look out for. 25-year-old striker, Sergio Agüero has been making a name for himself over the past few years. He led his club team, Manchester City, to its first league title in 44 years, won Manchester City’s Player of the Year in 2012, and scored 3 goals in the 2008 Olympic tournament resulting in Argentina's gold medal. He is a rising superstar in the sport and the pairing of Agüero and Messi on Argentina's national team will surely create some unforgettable moments next year.
The youngest player on our list is 21-year-old Brazilian forward, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, commonly known as Neymar. He was sorely missed in the 2010 World Cup when coach Dunga surprisingly omitting Neymar from his 23-man squad. Neymar has shown us time and time again that he is the best player of his age, scoring in his debut World Cup qualifier against the United States and earning praise from soccer superstars such as Lionel Messi and Pelé. With the World Cup in his home country, what better way to make your first international appearance? We are excited to see how well the young soccer player will perform on the highest level.