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Top 50 gamers within the World Cup

More than 800 gamers, representing 32 nations and 6 continents, will assemble in Qatar for 4 weeks of World Cup competitors. To distill the pool into the highest 50 gamers isn’t any easy activity. Heck, with an A and B crew, Brazil might create a world-class 50 of its personal. Debates about who belongs would undoubtedly final into the subsequent World Cup cycle.

With that in thoughts, The Post’s listing just isn’t essentially a rating of one of the best 50. Yes, it contains most of the most well-known and adorned gamers (Messi, Mbappé and Neymar, oh my!) but in addition these promising a breakout event or holding the important thing to their crew exceeding expectations.

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Almoez Ali

Qatar

Plays for Al-Duhail (Qatar)

Any hope of the hosts advancing to the knockout stage most likely rests with the Sudanese-born Ali reprising his high-scoring exploits from the 2019 Asian Cup and 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.

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Dusan Vlahovic

Serbia

Plays for Juventus (Italy)

After making his mark with Fiorentina, the 6-foot-3 striker has continued his scoring exploits for Italy’s most adorned membership whereas additionally changing into a deadly risk for the nationwide crew.

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Dusan VlahovicSerbiaJuventus

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João Cancelo

Portugal

Plays for Manchester City (England)

One of the world’s premier proper backs, Cancelo has gained trophies with Benfica, with Juventus and up to now three seasons with City whereas twice incomes a spot on the Premier League crew of the yr.

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João CanceloPortugalManchester City

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Christopher Nkunku

France

Plays for RB Leipzig (Germany)

The Bundesliga participant of the season in 2021-22 is off to a torrid begin this marketing campaign and primed to make a world splash whereas including to France’s immense firepower.

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Christopher NkunkuFranceRB Leipzig

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Achraf Hakimi

Morocco

Plays for PSG (France)

Spanish-born proper again got here by Real Madrid’s youth system; starred in Germany, Italy and France; and began for the Atlas Lions on the 2018 World Cup.

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Achraf HakimiMoroccoPSG

45

Kalidou Koulibaly

Senegal

Plays for Chelsea (England)

Powerful middle again represented France, his delivery nation, on the youth degree and made his mark on the membership scene in eight seasons at Napoli earlier than transferring to London this summer time.

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Kalidou KoulibalySenegalChelsea

44

Hirving Lozano

Mexico

Plays for Napoli (Italy)

“Chucky,” as he’s identified, scored towards Germany on the 2018 World Cup and has thrived in Europe since 2017, first with PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), then in Italy for 3 years.

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Hirving LozanoMexicoNapoli

43

Mehdi Taremi

Iran

Plays for Porto (Portugal)

Taremi has been a sensation for membership and nation, posting 36 objectives and 23 assists the earlier two Portuguese seasons and eight objectives in World Cup qualifying.

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Mehdi TaremiIranPorto

42

Cody Gakpo

Netherlands

Plays for PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)

The winger has taken his sport to new ranges this season within the Dutch Eredivisie, mixing objectives and assists in league and continental motion.

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Cody GakpoNetherlandsPSV Eindhoven

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Ilkay Gundogan

Germany

Plays for Manchester City (England)

A central participant identified for his versatility and polish, Gundogan is in his seventh season with City and, as a fixture within the nationwide crew, scored 5 objectives within the qualifiers.

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Ilkay GundoganGermanyManchester City

39

Aurélien Tchouaméni

France

Plays for Real Madrid (Spain)

With Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté unavailable due to accidents, Tchouaméni have to be rushed into the central-midfield highlight.

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Aurélien TchouaméniFranceReal Madrid

38

Marquinhos

Brazil

Plays for PSG (France)

The middle again, who has anchored the French membership’s protection since 2013, is aiming so as to add a World Cup title to a portfolio that features an Olympic gold medal and a Copa América trophy.

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MarquinhosBrazilPSG

37

Casemiro

Brazil

Plays for Manchester Utd. (England)

After successful 5 Champions League titles with Real Madrid, the defensive midfielder in August dropped at the Premier League the grit and management each crew covets.

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CasemiroBrazilManchester Utd.

36

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Serbia

Plays for Fulham (England)

His scoring price for membership and nation is absurd; he set a league file with 43 objectives in 46 matches final season because the Cottagers earned promotion again to the Premier League.

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Aleksandar MitrovicSerbiaFulham

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Jamal Musiala

Germany

Plays for Bayern Munich (Germany)

He represented England and Germany on the youth degree earlier than committing to his delivery nation and, at Euro 2021, turned the youngest German to function in a serious event.

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Jamal MusialaGermanyBayern Munich

34

Christian Eriksen

Denmark

Plays for Manchester Utd. (England)

Eriksen steps onto the game’s largest stage 17 months after struggling cardiac arrest throughout a European Championship match and fewer than a yr after restarting his profession.

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Christian EriksenDenmarkManchester Utd.

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Joshua Kimmich

Germany

Plays for Bayern Munich (Germany)

A steadying determine in Bayern’s defensive midfield for greater than seven years (and infrequently on the again), Kimmich has made greater than 200 Bundesliga appearances.

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32

Matthijs de Ligt

Netherlands

Plays for Bayern Munich (Germany)

Since being voted Europe’s greatest younger participant in 2018 whereas at Ajax, the middle again performed three seasons for Juventus earlier than transferring this summer time on a $70 million switch.

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Matthijs de LigtNetherlandsBayern Munich

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Bruno Fernandes

Portugal

Plays for Manchester Utd. (England)

A playmaker with a knack for each creating and scoring — 18 objectives for United in 2020-21 — Fernandes has served a key function in Portugal’s assault because the 2018 World Cup.

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Bruno FernandesPortugalManchester Utd.

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Romelu Lukaku

Belgium

Plays for Inter MIlan (Italy)

Physically imposing and medical, the best scorer in nationwide crew historical past (by a large margin) has recorded objectives at a prolific tempo in Serie A and the Premier League for 10 years.

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Romelu LukakuBelgiumInter MIlan

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Gareth Bale

Wales

Plays for Los Angeles FC (USA)

A bit participant at Real Madrid lately, Bale made a stunning flip to MLS this summer time to organize for his nation’s first World Cup look in 64 years.

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Gareth BaleWalesLos Angeles FC

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Richarlison

Brazil

Plays for Tottenham (England)

After scoring 5 objectives in a gold medal-winning Olympic marketing campaign, he pocketed six objectives in World Cup qualifying and secured a $63 million switch to Spurs from Everton this summer time.

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RicharlisonBrazilTottenham

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Alphonso Davies

Canada

Plays for Bayern Munich (Germany)

From refugee camp in West Africa to MLS stardom after which Bundesliga elite, Davies is maybe one of the best left again on the planet and a key to Canada qualifying for the primary time since 1986.

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Alphonso DaviesCanadaBayern Munich

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Christian Pulisic

United States

Plays for Chelsea (England)

The satisfaction of Hershey, Pa., has made splashes within the Bundesliga and Premier League, and after lacking the earlier World Cup, he brings his intelligent and ruthless abilities to the most important stage.

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Christian PulisicUnited StatesChelsea

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Serge Gnabry

Germany

Plays for Bayern Munich (Germany)

From the flanks, Gnabry knocks opponents off-balance with piercing acceleration and panoramic imaginative and prescient. He creates but in addition finishes, posting 10-plus objectives in 4 straight Bundesliga seasons.

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Serge GnabryGermanyBayern Munich

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Bernardo Silva

Portugal

Plays for Manchester City (England)

Small in measurement and enormous in stature, the playmaker has set the tempo for membership and nation for 5 years and enters his second World Cup after beginning thrice in Russia.

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Bernardo SilvaPortugalManchester City

22

Alisson

Brazil

Plays for Liverpool (England)

When you consider Brazil, you consider attackers, however in Alisson and Manchester City’s Ederson, Seleçao boasts two of one of the best in web on the planet. Alisson, although, is the front-runner to start out.

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AlissonBrazilLiverpool

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Gavi

Spain

Plays for Barcelona (Spain)

Known by his nickname, Pablo Gavira is the youngest participant in Spanish nationwide crew historical past and winner of the 2022 Kopa Trophy as Europe’s greatest participant underneath 21.

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Phil Foden

England

Plays for Manchester City (England)

One of probably the most prodigious abilities to come back out of England lately, Foden debuted with City at 17, broke into the nationwide crew in 2020 and began six qualifiers.

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Luka Modric

Croatia

Plays for Real Madrid (Spain)

Four years after guiding his small nation to the World Cup closing and successful the Golden Ball as MVP (in addition to FIFA participant of the yr), the stainless playmaker stays a pleasure to observe.

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Luka ModricCroatiaReal Madrid

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Rúben Dias

Portugal

Plays for Manchester City (England)

In simply over two Premier League seasons, the middle again has established himself as a significant cog within the City machine by management belying his age and an innate capacity to learn the sport.

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Rúben DiasPortugalManchester City

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Federico Valverde

Uruguay

Plays for Real Madrid (Spain)

Valverde has advanced into an entire participant on Europe’s most full membership, balancing energy and ability whereas additionally gaining a scoring contact.

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Federico ValverdeUruguayReal Madrid

16

Lautaro Martínez

Argentina

Plays for Inter MIlan (Italy)

Demonstrating Argentina’s assault is extra than simply Lionel Messi, Martinez totaled 65 objectives over the previous 5 membership seasons in Serie A play.

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Lautaro MartínezArgentinaInter MIlan

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Pedri

Spain

Plays for Barcelona (Spain)

Voted one of the best younger participant in Europe final yr, Pedro González López continues the custom of technically gifted Spanish playmakers with each Barcelona and the nationwide crew.

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PedriSpainBarcelona

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Son Heung-Min

S. Korea

Plays for Tottenham (England)

Regarded as one of many best Asian gamers in historical past, Son shared the Premier League’s Golden Boot award final season with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah after scoring 23 objectives.

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Son Heung-MinS. KoreaTottenham

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Vinícius Júnior

Brazil

Plays for Real Madrid (Spain)

Flashy left wing debuted with the Spanish titans at 18 and rocketed to stardom final season with 22 objectives throughout all competitions whereas constructing his portfolio with the nationwide crew.

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Vinícius JúniorBrazilReal Madrid

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Thibaut Courtois

Belgium

Plays for Real Madrid (Spain)

The 2018 Golden Glove winner returns to the highlight with a possibility to safe his place as one of the best shot-stopper within the sport and anchor the Red Devils’ bid for his or her first title.

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Thibaut CourtoisBelgiumReal Madrid

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Virgil van Dijk

Netherlands

Plays for Liverpool (England)

Mixing energy and agility, the 6-foot-4 middle again will make his long-awaited debut in a serious event after the Dutch didn’t qualify in 2018 and he missed Euro 2020 with an harm.

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Virgil van DijkNetherlandsLiverpool

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Sadio Mané

Senegal

Plays for Bayern Munich (Germany)

The Lions of Teranga’s hopes of changing into the primary African semifinalist relaxation largely with Mané, who was sensational over six seasons at Liverpool earlier than leaving this summer time.

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Sadio ManéSenegalBayern Munich

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Plays for Manchester Utd. (England)

He has scored in 4 World Cups and is the oldest to file a event hat trick, and with a deep run this yr, he would strengthen his standing among the many best ever.

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Cristiano RonaldoPortugalManchester Utd.

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Harry Kane

England

Plays for Tottenham (England)

The London-born striker hasn’t padded his stats in friendlies, scoring nearly all his objectives in high-level worldwide tournaments, together with six on the 2018 World Cup to win the Golden Boot.

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Karim Benzema

France

Plays for Real Madrid (Spain)

Absent from Les Bleus from 2016 by 2020, the Lyon native roared again final yr with 9 objectives in 13 matches and was additionally voted UEFA participant of the yr with 44 objectives for Madrid.

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Karim BenzemaFranceReal Madrid

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Robert Lewandowski

Poland

Plays for Barcelona (Spain)

There isn’t any purer striker within the sport than Lewandowski, the nationwide crew’s profession chief who had greater than 300 objectives in 12 Bundesliga seasons earlier than transferring to Spain this summer time.

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Robert Lewandowski PolandBarcelona

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Kevin De Bruyne

Belgium

Plays for Manchester City (England)

De Bruyne could make a case for being the best participant on the planet, a flexible attacker who posted 57 objectives and 84 assists and gained 4 Premier League titles within the earlier seven seasons.

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Kevin De BruyneBelgiumManchester City

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Neymar

Brazil

Plays for PSG (France)

After fracturing a vertebra in 2014 and getting mocked for embellishment in 2018, Neymar wants to point out his immense expertise and lead Seleçao to its first title in 20 years and sixth general.

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NeymarBrazilPSG

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Kylian Mbappé

France

Plays for PSG (France)

Mbappé launched himself to the worldwide viewers by scoring 4 objectives on the 2018 World Cup, together with one within the closing, then proceeded to attain 150 over 4 seasons with PSG.

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Kylian MbappéFrancePSG

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Lionel Messi

Argentina

Plays for PSG (France)

One final likelihood (we expect!) for one of many biggest, if not the best, to cap a world profession outlined by outrageous stats and trophies at FC Barcelona.

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