In the absence of a year for the start of a new World Cup event, several national teams have already secured their tickets while others will have to wait for the playoffs to confirm attendance. The Qatar 2022 World Cup is closer than expected and international football figures are revving their engines to shine and take their nations to the top. At ESPN.com we nominate the 10 players we want to see in Qatar to provide good play and emotions.
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Albiceleste’s ’10’ and his team live a dream moment. After winning the Copa América against Brazil on Brazilian soil, the star, now at PSG, pulled out the thorn to win a title with the Senior National Team and wants to lift the World Cup in Qatar. Scaloni’s team has already secured its place in the World Cup and remains undefeated in 26 games that opens the door to the illusion of all fans. Messi already knows what it is to play a World Cup final, like in Brazil 2014, but this time he will try to have better luck to take Argentina to the top. In his four contests played, Leo played 19 games and scored six goals.
The Brazilian star, like Messi, is going through a good moment with his National Team in the qualifying round. Although they fell to the Albiceleste in the Copa América final, Ney and company dominated the qualifying round and are leaders with six points of difference over the guard. The PSG footballer only played two World Cups, in which he played ten games and scored six goals. The remembered kick from Zuñiga left him out of the tournament before time when the tournament was played on Brazilian soil, so he could not be in that painful 7-1 against Germany. Now, with some young people who promise in the offensive zone, Canarinha wants to go in search of their sixth World Cup with Ney at the head.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
The Bug lives a particular situation with his Selection. After the surprise loss at home to Serbia at the close of the European Qualifiers, Portugal fell in the playoffs and will have to face other powerful teams in search of a ticket to Qatar. An expert in scoring in decisive moments, Cristiano prepares for tough and rough matches in which he will have to be fine to define and take his team to the World Cup. The Portuguese, like Messi, will play his fifth World Cup in his career. In addition, he scored seven goals and will try to reach the final, an instance that he could never reach in the World Cups.
Phil Foden (England)
one of the young promises of English football. With Guardiola on the bench at City, the 21-year-old began to have more minutes and take a leading role in one of the most important clubs in the Premier League. Accompanied by an interesting litter of footballers, Foden can adopt this role also in the National Team and, together with Kane, Bellingham, Sterling, Mount and Rashford, among others, they can make a great World Cup. It will be his first big World Cup event.
Kylian Mbappé (France)
Figure in the team that lifted the World Cup in Russia 2018 and one of the main objectives of the great teams in Europe in the transfer market. The Frenchman shows off his speed and has become a scoring machine at PSG, where he shares a team with Messi and Neymar. In his only World Cup, which he won, he played all seven games and was dispatched with four goals, one of them in the final. With the return of Benzemá and the company of great footballers such as Griezmann and Pogbá, Kylian will seek to surpass his goal record and reach Brazil and Italy as the only two-time national teams.
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
Offensive power to the maximum. The Belgian tank will look to bring the Stamford Bridge goals to Qatar. With De Bruyne as a luxury assistant, the attacker together with the ‘Golden Generation’ of Belgian football will have the mission of asserting their good football to reach the final of the competition and avoid being at the gates of it as happened in Russia 2018 The Chelsea footballer played two World Cups, played ten games and scored five goals, having a goal average of 0.50.
Kai Havertz (Germany)
Lukaku’s partner in Chelsea and just 22 years old, the steering wheel directed by Tuchel is a sharp and important variant within the German scheme. Standing behind the nine, thrown to one side or also occupying the center-forward space on some occasions, the footballer scored some goals in the Qualifiers and wants to repeat in the World Cup. In total, Havertz played 23 matches for the National Team, scored seven goals and distributed ten assists. He will also play his first World Cup.
Robert Lewandowski (Poland)
Like CR7, the Pole will have to go through the playoffs to dream of going to the World Cup in Qatar. Bayern Munich’s Killer has played 128 games and scored 74 goals, although he could not score in his first appearance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Lewandowski wants to take Poland to Qatar and look for a decisive instance.
Luis Diaz (Colombia)
The Porto striker does not stop giving the note for his performance in Portugal and in the National Team. He fully fulfilled in the Copa América, where he was a top scorer, and in his club he is the most prominent figure of the team. The guajiro will play the classification in the last four dates, in which the Tricolor can be in playoffs or go directly.
Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands)
The Liverpool center-back is one of the best defenders in the world. Good start, with a header in both areas and reading to make cuts, the Dutch footballer will look for his best version in Qatar 2022. The defender played 42 games with the Senior National Team and scored five goals, a good mark for a central defender. It will be his first World Cup.