Every four years the FIFA World Cup brings with itself great expectations and dreams, yet only a handful of those turn out to be true. With the World Cup imminent in just over a month’s time in Brazil, there will be several young players who are waiting to seize the moment and etch their name in golden words in the football fraternity. This year too, several young players will make the rooster of all the 32 teams participating in the showcase event with only a few who will grab the attention.
Here are the top five players to look out for in the World Cup in Brazil
Marcos Rojo: The 24 year old will play in the left back slot for Argentina in the summer and after a superb season for Sporting Lisbon, Premier League giants Liverpool and Arsenal want the highly rated defender who has immense versatility and can play either as a centre back or a left back. Argentina have failed to groom a left back ever since Gabriel Heinze but given Rojo’s sheer quality he will be one of the young players to look out for in Sambaland. The Albiceleste are one of the favourites going into the tournament and Rojo has a job on his hands if Sabella’s side are to go a long way in the showcase event.
Heung-Min Son: One of the prodigious young talents in World Football, the 21 year old Bayer Leverkusen striker has been simply sumptuous this season. A lethal finisher in front of goal and capable of playing with either feet, Son came up the youth ranks of Hamburg before joining Leverkusen last summer. South Korea have been a force to reckon with as the Asian side will fall back on him to fire in Brazil come in June
Lorenzo Insigne: The 22 year old has had a terrific season for Napoli under Rafa Benitez as his superb brace gave the Partenopei a 3-1 win over Fiorentina as the Naples side lifted the Coppa Italia last weekend. Known for his technical ability, creativity and versatility of playing at either wings, Italy manager Cesar Prandelli is certain to take him to Brazil where he is sure to dazzle is given an opportunity. Insigne first caught the eye playing for his country in the U-21 European Championship in Israel in 2013.
Luke Shaw: The most sought after player in England, Luke Shaw is certain to be on England’s flight to Brazil in the summer. Shaw has had a brilliant campaign for Southampton this season and might even garner significant game time in Sambaland. Manchester United and Chelsea are leading the race to sign the 18 year old whose price is quoted to be close to a whopping 30m.
Raheem Sterling: The 18 year old’s meteoric rise from being a squad player to an integral member of Liverpool‘s starting eleven this season has been nothing short of prolific. Sterling’s versatility in being adept at playing either or the wings or on the top of the attacking diamond formation shows his versatility and is one of the reasons why Roy Hodgson should start him in Brazil. Sterling’s raw bursts of pace will be pivotal in England’s one dimensional attack as the Three Lions are placed in a tricky group alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
So here is Sportzwiki’s final list of the first part of the top five players to look out for in the World Cup
- Marcos Rojo
- Jordi Alba
- Lorenzo Insigne
- Luke Shaw
- Raheem Sterling