FIFA World Cup 2018: World Cup always has been determined from the contribution of the midfielders. Be it Pirlo in 2006, Iniesta in 2010 and Rodriguez in 2014. Lets look at the Top 3 Midfielders who would provide a standout contribution for their country.
1.Toni Kroos (Germany)
Toni Kroos remains one of the finest central midfielders in the world. He played a key role in Germany’s 2014 triumph and will be expected to shoulder the majority of the responsibility in the midfield. His pinpoint accuracy and vision are an envy of any player. He can shoot from distance and goes about doing his job in a quiet manner. He has won three consecutive Champions League titles with Real Madrid but if he manages to bring his A-game into the tournament, then you can be rest assured that Germany will seal back-to-back FIFA World Cup titles.
2.Paul Pogba (France)
France go into the tournament as one of the favourites on paper. The squad looks to be one of the finest French teams in the recent past. Benzema, Rabiot, Martial are few of the players Deschamps has decided to leave out of the team. But all eyes will be on the enigmatic Paul Pogba. He has had a roller-coaster seasons, showing only sparks of the kind of talent he displayed at Juventus. One of the reasons behind it has been the way Mourinho has used the midfielder, playing him alongside Matic, thus burdening him with the defensive responsibilities. In the French side, he will be given the creative freedom and will have the likes of Tolisso and Kante to support him. In attack, he has the likes of Mbappe, Griezmann, Dembele, Lemar – depending on how Deschamps chooses to line-up. Pogba will have to be the torchbearer if France is to lift the World Cup. Former midfielder Robert Pires has already said that Pogba will have to be the leader of this generation and take more responsibility. His off-field antics often leaves the fans and experts enraged.
3. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)
Again, another player who had a stellar season for his club was Kevin De Bruyne. He performed better than Eden Hazard in 2014, but Belgium disappointed yet again, bowing out in a rather tamed manner against Argentina. The expectations are once again high from Belgium, with team already being termed as the ‘Golden generation’ and even being ranked no.1 in the FIFA rankings. But they haven’t been past the quarterfinals in big tournaments. Lack of experience has often been used as one of the excuses for their underperformance, but this team has been together for a while and most of the players are coming into the tournament on the back of some good form. De Bruyne will have the likes of Hazard, Lukaku, Carrasco and Witsel among others with him. His creativity in the midfield and also how he links up with Lukaku will be the key for Belgium going ahead in the FIFA World Cup.
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