10 Players to look forward to in the Round of 16 at the World Cup

    2018 FIFA World Cup is in full swing reaching the business end of the tournament. There have been a few surprises along the way so far. Video Assistant Referee has made the much looked forward to the appearance at the world cup. Lionel Messi led Argentina has been struggling to find any form. Germany still has their hopes alive due to a Toni Kroos free kick in the dying minutes against Sweden. Mexico has been a revelation and has played a very entertaining and attacking style of football. Sadio Mane led Senegal has been the surprise package from Africa giving the good account of themselves. Japan has carried the Asian flag high and stay in a decent position to qualify for the round of 16. Luka Modric led Croatia has been another team which has surprised everyone especially with a scintillating thrashing of Argentina. We have collated a list of players who we think would make a difference in the round of 16 for their respective teams.   

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    10Portugal – Cristiano Ronaldo

    The man, the myth needs no introduction. Arguably, the greatest footballer of this generation has turned up for the 2018 World Cup and how! He seems to have resolved the long ensuing debate of ‘Who is the greatest? Messi or Ronaldo?’ for now. Having already done the unthinkable and unfathomable of leading his overly underwhelming Portugal team to lift the Euros 2016, Ronaldo is hell-bent on proving the critics wrong at the 2018 World Cup. Born to a cook and a municipal gardener, Ronaldo has to endure severe hardships throughout his early life which has moulded the man that he is today – highly competitive, never say die spirit and slightly obnoxious.

    He arrived at the World Cup 2018 after inspiring the Real Madrid side to their third consecutive Champions League title and his fifth overall Champions League winners medal when they defeated Liverpool 3-1. Pitted in a group featuring the heavy favourites Spain and the Asian and African minnows Iran and Morocco, Portugal was expected to make it to the second spot in the group, with Spain being the group leaders, fairly easily. But in Portugal’s first match against Spain, Ronaldo was in fine form as he hit a hat-trick to single-handedly ensure that Portugal ends the match in a 3-3 draw. The match included an out of the worldly free kick by Ronaldo to draw the match.

    He followed up his outstanding performance with another goal in the second match against Morocco. With Portugal poised to easily make it to the round of 16, Ronaldo as always will be the one to keep an eye on.  

     
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