2014 FIFA World Cup: Fan Favourites at Brazil
The World Cup is just two days away and the fever has started to grip the fans. Inspite of some internal problems, Brazil has geared up to host the extravaganza. All the 32 teams have landed on the Brazilian soil and the fans out there in the host nation are quite busy in spending time with their favourite footballers taking their autographs, selfies and some snaps along with the players.
Many fans have travelled to Brazil to cheer for their team. Without a doubt, Argentine skipper Lionel Messi, 2014 Ballon d’Or winner and Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo, home favourite and Brazilian superstar Neymar are the major attractions among the fans in the country. Even the players themselves are interested in taking team selfies. They even prefer posting some of the pics in Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Even though they are not a part of the World Cup, Brazil’s Ronaldinho and Swede Zlatan Ibrahmovic are gaining a lot of attention among the fans. Posters and cut-outs of them is seen across the country. Marco Reus is another player who will be surely missed by his fans.
The German team has gained more attention from the supports and many are expecting the German striker Miraslov Klose to score those two goals and create a new record.
Here are the Top 10 players who were the centre of attraction in the Samba Nation just before the World Cup:
Argentina’s Lionel Messi is the centre of attraction among the fans in Brazil. The Barcelona forward is considered as a wizard in the football pitch and has won as many as 4 Ballon d’Or awards. The 26-year old has scored 281 goals at the highest level for Barca and Argentina and leads his country into the 2014 World Cup.
2012 Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is no different to Lionel Messi. Portuguese skipper holds key for his country to get his hands on the illustrated trophy. Both the players have millions of fans all over the world. He has scored a total of 313 goals his country and club Real Madrid. He has been in a terrific form in the last season.
Neymar is considered as the new kid on the block when compared to Messi and Ronaldo. The Brazilian has a better record when compared to Messi and Ronaldo. He moved to Barcelona last season and failed to impress. But when it comes to International matches and tournaments, Neymar has been a revelation for Brazil.
Spanish striker Fernando Torres is one of the leading Spanish goal scorer and he has the performing in major tournaments. He was a goal scoring machine when he played for Liverpool and was considered as a failure ever since he moved to Chelsea.
Mario Balotelli has been the controversy favourite child since his debut. He is the first choice striker for Italy and looks to take his side to the championship in the tournament. He played for Inter Milan, Manchester City and AC Milan for whom he scored 66 goals apart from 12 for his country.
Luiz Suarez will be most remembered for his actions during he 2010 World Cup quarter finals against Ghana when he stopped a late header which was going into the goal with his hands. He is the backbone of Uruguay in the FIFA World Cup 2014 and will look to repeat his heroics from the Premier League where he scored 30 goals in the season.
Wayne Rooney is the lone bright star for Manchester United in the recently concluded season. England, too relies heavily on Rooney for a better performance in the World Cup. He is yet to open his account for England in World Cups. He will look to turn it over in the 2014 World Cup and will look to sneak in few goals to help England to get a way out of the Group of Death.
Andreas Iniesta’s half volley for Spain handed them the World Cup in 2010. The Barcelona play-maker holds key for La Furia once again. With aging Xavi, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Busquests in the side, Iniesta holds key in the Spanish midfield.
Eden Hazard is one of the emerging talents to have come out from the Red Devils of Belgium. Hazard has been Chelsea’s most prolific player in the past two years and carries the hopes of his entire nation on his shoulders. He holds key for Belgium to transform from underdogs to favourites of the tournament.
More than anyone else, Miraslov Klose is the layer to watch out for in the 2014 World Cup. He is Germany’s all-time leading goal scorer and is just a goal away from equalising Brazilian Ronaldo’s record for scoring most number of goals in World Cup history.
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