Benzema, Messi, Neymar… The ten stars to follow

From left to right: Karim Benzema, Lionel Messi and Neymar. Overview

Karim Benzema, Lionel Messi, Neymar… Find the key players to follow during this 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Karim Benzema, a blue in gold
(France, 34, 97 appearances)

How not to mention it? Ballon d’Or 2021-2022, Karim Benzema (34) will be one of the great attractions of this 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Despite a start to the season marred by injuries, the Madrid centre-forward will have the task – together with his friend Kylian Mbappé – of leading France’s offensive sector to allow him to snatch a second consecutive title. A certainly difficult mission, especially given the sporting context surrounding the Blues, but which seems to be up to the “Nueve”.

Kevin De Bruyne, the Belgian magician
(Belgium, 31, 93 appearances)

Still going strong with Manchester City, it is as Belgium’s main technical leader that Kevin De Bruyne will play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – four years ago he shared those responsibilities with Eden Hazard. He should definitely be one of the sensations of the competition, especially through his pinpoint passing and long-range shots.

Harry Kane, to win a (much) anticipated coronation
(England, 29, 75 caps)

Top scorer of the 2018 World Cup in Russia with six goals, Harry Kane is undoubtedly one of the protagonists of this 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Tottenham Hotspur center forward, author of a remarkable first part of the season with eleven goals and one assist in the Premier League, will lead the English national team with the aim of giving him a new planetary title fifty-six years after his first and only coronation. A beautiful but difficult ambition.

Kylian Mbappé, new responsibilities
(France, 23, 59 appearances)

After revealing himself to the eyes of the whole world in Russia, Kylian Mbappé arrives in Qatar like a planetary star. And who says new status says new expectations. The Paris SG striker is now one of the leaders of the French team and must demonstrate during this 2022 World Cup that he can lead the Blues to a new title in an important competition; new responsibilities that he had struggled to assume, on and off the pitch, during Euro 2020.

Lionel Messi, one last mountain to climb
(Argentina, 35, 165 appearances)

He will certainly be one of the most followed players in the competition. Returning nearly to his best level since the start of the season, after a largely domestic previous year, Lionel Messi will be eager to shine for what could (will be?) be his last major international competition in Argentina. With a clear ambition: to bring the Albiceleste to the supreme crown, the only great trophy missing from his list; the one he caressed with his fingertips in 2014, but which he had to let slip into the hands of the Germans.

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Luka Modric, to do better than in 2018
(Croatia, 37, 155 appearances)

Having come very close to the world title four years ago, Luka Modric will be extremely motivated in Qatar for what should be his last World Championship. He has been in excellent form for many months – he won the Champions League with Real Madrid and is having a good first part of the season – we should see him at his best in the Croatia shirt. Will he be able to bring his national team up to four years ago?

Neymar, to mark (a little more) the history of the Seleção
(Brazil, 30, 121 appearances)

Much like his Paris SG teammate Lionel Messi, Neymar, who has (finally) put his injuries on the sidelines, is back in the limelight. To the delight of the Brazilian selection of which he is the undisputed technical leader and which he has the task of leading to the world title. In Qatar, if he allows the Seleção to obtain a sixth star, the attacking midfielder could become the equal of some of his illustrious predecessors. He will definitely be one of the players to watch.

Cristiano Ronaldo, to end on a high note?
(Portugal, 37, 191 appearances)

In trouble with Manchester United, to put it mildly, Cristiano Ronaldo has the opportunity with this 2022 World Cup in Qatar to bounce back and show the world of football that he is still one of the best in the world. And given his ability to respond to big events, there’s no doubt we should see him in his best light to carry the Portuguese squad. Especially for what should be the last World Cup of his career.

Heung-min Son, the hope of an entire country
(South Korea, 30, 105 appearances)

An entire country was spooked when he went off injured against Olympique de Marseille in their last Champions League group stage match. In the end, despite the broken face, Heung-min Son is indeed present in Qatar for this 2022 World Cup. However, he said he is not sure if he can play all the games. His situation will therefore have to be monitored very closely because, with or without him, South Korea’s chances of exiting Group H – which includes Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana – and making it all the way to 2002, where they reached the semi-finals, they are absolutely not the same.

Virgil van Dijk, a first
(Netherlands, 31, 49 appearances)

Package for Euro 2020 played last year in various European countries, Virgil van Dijk is preparing to play his first major international competition with the Netherlands. But the Liverpool FC defender, captain of his selection, will not go to Qatar to make numbers. He wants to lead his team as far as possible, and why not to their first world title after experiencing three finals in 1974, 1978 and most recently 2010.

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