Top 5 Strikers In The 2014 World Cup
It is finally time to start looking to ahead to the World Cup, which starts in two weeks, and I for one could not be more excited. Every four years, the world tunes into “The Beautiful Game” at its absolute finest and some of the greatest sports moments in history. Over the next two weeks, I will give a preview of certain positions and an overview of the World Cup in general. Today, we take a look at some of the best strikers in the world. NOTE: With Luis Suarez of Uruguay not be certain to play due to injury, I cannot put him on this list.
Not only is Messi one of the best players in the world today, but also one of the best players in history. One thing missing from Messi’s rap sheet is success in the World Cup, something he will look to improve on this summer. Messi has one goal in World Cup play, not something you would expect from one of the best scorers in soccer in history. Look for Messi to take over this summer and grow his legend even more.
Regarded by some as a winger, Ronaldo has been a striker for the large portion of his career, so he is an obvious choice to be on this list. Ronaldo, coming off a great year so far, winning the Ballon d’Or for the best player in the world and a UEFA Champions League title, will look to continue an amazing year by leading Portugal to glory and winning the Golden Boot for most goals in the process.
Robin Van Persie-Netherlands
After an injury plagued season at Manchester United, Van Persie should be healthy enough to lead the 2010 runners-up to another run at the World Cup. RVP has been one of the top goal scorers in European football over the past few years and has seen great success in the World Cup over his career. I look for Van Persie to be fresh and ready to go and make a huge impact this year.
Cavani will have a much bigger load to carry in the World Cup of fellow countryman Luis Suarez is unable to compete in Brazil. The Paris Saint-Germain striker is capable of handling that extra load, as shown by his 25 goals in all competition this season. For Uruguay, Cavani scored 6 goals in World Cup qualifying and is a big reason why they are here in the first place. If Suarez is fit, himself and Cavani will be a real treat to watch up front.
Although Neymar was a bit disappointing in his first season of major European soccer with Barcelona, the young Brazilian has a history of stepping up big when playing for his country. Neymar only scored 15 goals in all competition for Barca this season, but did score 4 goals in the Confederations Cup for Brazil in 2013, leading the country to its first major cup win in years. Look for Neymar to captivate a nation and lead his country throughout the World Cup.