The World Cup roars into life in a couple of days from now and as always, the debates among football pundits, fans and punters is about who is going to win the Golden Ball i.e. the best player award at the tournament. Several sportsbooks including netbet.co.uk are already offering Golden Ball betting markets where punters can pick the player they think is going to outshine all others at this prestigious football extravaganza; you too can also have your say by picking your choice. Below are our picks i.e. players likely to shine at the upcoming World Cup.
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Lionel Messi is arguably the best player to have ever set foot on a football pitch. However, there are some who believe he still has to prove himself on the world stage in spite of his numerous La Liga and Champions League medals. People who think Messi needs to prove himself as the best player argue that all top players have to retire with at least one World Cup medal as did Diego Maradona and Pele. As such, Lionel Messi will go into this tournament looking to silence his critics and claim the biggest team prize in world football i.e. the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Just like Lionel Messi, Ronaldo is one of the best players of his generation and to consolidate his name among the best football players in history, he knows that he has to win the World Cup. The UEFA Euro medal is obviously very important but a World Cup medal will completely put him right up there with the best players in history. With the added pressure of this being his last World Cup appearance, Ronaldo knows he has to perform at his very best and we’re likely to see Ronaldo at his best hence possibly winning the World Cup as he did the UEFA Euro tournament against the odds.
In the last World Cup, Brazil were the huge favourites, same as of now. However, an untimely injury to their talisman Neymar meant that the team had to play their biggest game without him. As fate would have it, Brazil was absolutely thrashed by Germany by 7 goals to 1 as Brazil went on to feature in the final in which they defeated another South American team, Argentina to lift the World Cup. This time around, Brazil are also favourites and the talisman is still Neymar. With the nation’s hopes high that Brazil is going to lift its sixth World Cup, it is Neymar who the fans have pinned their hopes on. If he can repay the fans’ faith by performing to his absolute best, then Neymar will probably win the golden ball.
Mo Salah (Egypt)
Whenever the world welcomes a new footballing god, often time he comes from either Europe or South America rarely Africa. However, when he comes from Africa, it’s almost a guarantee that he will be from West Africa but it’s totally a different ball game this time around. The hottest football talent in the world right now is from North Africa! If Mo Salah can replicate the same sort of performances he put in for Liverpool in the just ended Premier League season, then he will surely be a strong contender for the World Cup Golden Ball.