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Posted On: 9 August 2022 07:00 pm
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Fan favorite players of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is only a few months away, and you can feel the excitement from fans worldwide!

The 32 teams who will be competing have been training relentlessly in preparation. This year’s World Cup is guaranteed to celebrate skill and talent in the field.

Here are the players (in alphabetical order) to watch out for during the tournament!

Achraf Hakimi (Morocco)

Achraf Hakimi
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Achraf Hakimi plays as a defender for Paris Saint-Germain and the Morocco national team. He will be playing his second World Cup for the team and is known for his agile movements and dynamic play style.

He is talented at defensive play and can play long accurate passes from the defense.

Akram Afif (Qatar)

Akram Afif
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Left-winger for Qatari club Al Sadd and the Qatar national football team, Akram Afif is one to watch out for during the FIFA World Cup this year.

He was considered one of the most promising players to emerge from Qatar during his early career in the sport. He won the Asian Footballer of the Year award in 2019.

Alphonso Davies (Canada)

Alphonso Davies
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One of the best full-backs in the world, Alphonso Davies was the youngest player to join the Canadian national team in 2017 at the age of 17. He also plays as a defender for Bayern Munich.

He was recently diagnosed with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, following a COVID-19 infection which meant that he wasn’t present during their team’s qualifying match, where they secured their spot for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986. He has since expressed his eagerness to play in the biggest football tournament in the world.

André Ayew (Ghana)

André Ayew
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Forward player and captain of the Ghana national Team, André Ayew will lead the team to the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Ayew was awarded the titles of BBC African Footballer of the Year and Ghanaian Footballer of the Year in 2011.

Andrés Guardado (Mexico)

Andrés Guardado
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An international football veteran, Andrés Guardado captains the Mexico national team and will lead the team to his 5th World Cup.

Playing as a midfielder for the team, he is the second most capped player with a total of 175 appearances since his debut in 2005.

Christian Pulisic (USA)

Christian Pulisic
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Striker for the USA national team, Pulistic has been given the nickname of “Captain America” in the international football scene.

He has an impeccable attacking instinct, can navigate defenders and skillfully control the ball.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo plays forward for Manchester United and captains the Portugal national team. Considered one of the best players in the world, Ronaldo is internationally revered for his impact on the sport.

He is known for his aggressive playstyle with his attacks and command of the field. Fans worldwide will surely witness an exciting match whenever he’s on the field.

Enner Valencia (Ecuador)

Enner Valencia
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Enner Valencia, is a forward player for the Ecuador national team and is the top goal scorer with 35 international goals recorded.

He has represented his nation in FIFA World Cup 2014 and 2018 and will be seen again in the 2022 tournament.

Gareth Frank Bale (Wales)

Gareth Bale
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Gareth Bale is considered one of the best wingers of his generation and one of the greatest Welsh players of all time, even being named Welsh Footballer of the Year by the Football Association of Wales for a record of six times.

This year will be the first time that the Wales national team will be playing in the World Cup in 64 years.

Harry Kane (England)

Harry Kane
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The skilled striker and captain of the England national team, Harry Kane, scored back-to-back hat-tricks at their last two FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.

Proving to be a talented goal scorer and one to watch out for, fans are eager to see if he will do the perfect hat-trick again in Qatar.

Joshua Kimmich (Germany)

Joshua Kimmich
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Joshua Kimmich, midfielder for Bayern Munich and the German national team, is a talented player who often is compared with Philipp Lahm, the former captain of Bayern Munich, and is considered his successor.

His aggressive playstyle, vision on the field, and ability to adapt to situations make him a player fans look out for on the pitch.

Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark)

Kasper Schmeichel
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Kasper Schmeichel is a skilful goalkeeper for the Denmark national team. He is the son of Peter Schmeichel, the former goalkeeper for Manchester United and the national team.

During the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, Schmeichel succeeded in a clean sheet opening match earning him the Man of the Match award and helping to secure a new record for minutes without conceding a goal for Denmark, surpassing his father's record.

Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)

Kevin De Bruyne
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Midfielder for Manchester City and the Belgian national team, Kevin De Bruyne is highly regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world of his generation.

Known for his versatility and strong presence on the field, his technique and skills in crossing accuracy, passing, and long-range shots are sure to wow the crowd.

Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)

Keylor Navas
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Considered one of the greatest goalkeepers in the world, Keylor Navas plays for Paris Saint-Germain and will be playing for the Costa Rica national team during the FIFA World Cup 2022.

During the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, he was awarded Man of the Match three times, the first goalkeeper to achieve this.

Kylian Mbappe (France)

Kylian Mbappe
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Kylian Mbappe plays forward for Paris Saint-Germain and the French national team. He won the title FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award in the last tournament held in Russia in 2018.

He is surely one to watch out for as he is known for his skilful dribbles, versatility, and elaborate feints.

Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Lionel Messi
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Lionel Messi is one of the most known athletes in the world. He is a forward player for Paris Saint-Germain and the captain of the Argentina national football team.

Known for his agility and quick movements, expect him to expertly evade tackles from opponent players. Watch him dribble and run with the ball through the field, delivering passes, assists, and goals.

Luis Suárez (Uruguay)

Luis Suárez
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Nicknamed El Pistolero which translates to ‘The Gunman', Luis Suárez is a talented striker for the Uruguay national team and one of the world's best strikers.

Suárez has won multiple awards in the field, including two European Golden Shoes, a Premier League Golden Boot, an Eredivisie Golden Boot, and the Pichichi Trophy.

Luka Modric (Croatia)

Luka Modric
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Midfielder for Real Madrid and captain of the Croatia national team, Luka Modric, is one of the veterans in the scene in the league with Ronaldo and Messi.

He is a gifted playmaker with skilful ball control that sets the tempo of his matches. He is known for his 'trivela' technique with his shots, and fans have been eagerly anticipating his curve ball action in the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Mathew Ryan (Australia)

Matthew Ryan
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Mathew Ryan is the goalkeeper and captain of the Australia national team. He played at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups and the 2015 and 2019 Asian Cups.

He won the Best Goalkeeper award at the 2015 Asian Cup.

Neymar Jr. (Brazil)

Neymar Jr.
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Neymar Jr. is an iconic athlete who also plays for Paris Saint-Germain and forwards for the Brazilian national team. Despite injuring his ankle in late 2021, the Brazilian player has been a beast on the field since his recovery.

However, Neymar has also mentioned to the press that this might just be his last World Cup. His eccentric and explosive playstyle can be witnessed through his dribbling, feints, and footwork.

Pedro González López (Spain)

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Pedro González López, more commonly known as Pedri, is a talented central midfielder for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team. Being only 19 years old, he is among the best young players on the international football scene.

He is a talented playmaker with excellent ball control and is known for his stamina and calm composure under pressure.

Robert Lewandowski (Poland)

Robert Lewandowski
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Robert Lewandowski, the striker for FC Barcelona and captain of the Poland national team, is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world.

His strong command of the ball makes him a talented and accurate finisher, able to bring numerous winning goals for his team. Because of this, he has been dubbed Lewangoalski by fans.

Sadio Mané (Senegal)

Sadio Mané
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Forward for the Senegal national team, Sadio Mané is a versatile and fierce forward player known to be skilled in scoring with either foot and headers.

He is quick on his feet and knows how to find the best positions in the field. His tactical prowess truly shines through his gameplay.

Salem Muhamed al-Dawsari (Saudi Arabia)

Salem Muhamed al-Dawsari
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Winger for the Saudi Arabia national team, Salem Muhamed al-Dawsari has scored a total of 17 international goals for the team.

He has played for the team in the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups and will return for the 2022 edition of the tournament.

Sardar Azmoun (Iran)

Sardar Azmoun
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Sardar Azmoun is a forward for the Iran national team. Known for his aerial ability, Azmoun is an explosive player that consistently shows excellent ball control and creativity.

He scored six goals in the UEFA Champions League, making him the Iranian record-holder for the most goals scored in the league.

Sergej Milinković-Savić (Serbia)

Sergej Milinković-Savić
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The versatile central midfield player Sergej Milinković-Savić expertly combines agile attacking movements with his large 6’3 stature, making him a talented offensive and defensive player.

Nicknamed ‘il Sergente’ which means 'the sergeant' by Lazio fans, he shows confidence and command of the field.

Son Heung-min (South Korea)

Son Heung-min
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One of the greatest Asian footballers of all time, Son Heung-min will be leading the South Korean national team during the FIFA World Cup 2022.

He is a versatile midfielder who excels in any forward position and plays defensively. His skilful movements and two-footed ability make him a lethal player on the field.

Takumi Minamino (Japan)

Takumi Minamino
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Talented attacking midfielder for the Japan national team, Takumi Minamino is known for his fluid movements on the field, and ability to move past defenders and create openings for his team.

He’s a versatile player, able to play offensively and defensively; matched with his quick movements, he is often everywhere on the field.

Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon)

Vincent Aboubakar
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Vincent Aboubakar, a striker for the Cameroon national team, is the 3rd top goal scorer in the team’s history, with 33 international goals.

He has been crowned the top goal scorer at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2021.

Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands)

Virgil van Dijk
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One of the best defenders in the football world, Virgil van Dijk plays center-back for Liverpool and captains the Netherlands national team.

He is known for his excellent and strong defense and intuitive reading of the game. Despite his large stature at 6’4, he is known to be agile on the field. He is also a talented set-piece taker that has made game-winning impacts for his team.

Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia)

Wahbi Khazri
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An attacking midfielder, Wahbi Khazri, will join the Tunisia national team in FIFA World Cup 2022.

He is the second top goal scorer in the team’s history, with 24 recorded international goals.

Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)

Xherdan Shaqiri
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Switzerland national team winger Xherdan Shaqiri is the team’s seventh-highest goalscorer, with over 100 caps and 26 goals for Switzerland.

He has played for the team in 2010, 2014, and 2018 FIFA World Cups and will be playing again for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He’s a powerful attacker who is known for his footwork and tricks.

Which players are you most excited to see at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022?! Are there players not listed that you are eager to see play? Do share with us in the comments! Do share this article – it keeps us going!