Put your socks on and grab your boots! The long awaited FIFA World Cup 2018 is only 3 days away and if you ain’t a soccer fan, don’t worry, here’s the right opportunity to become one!
All your favourite footballers will be playing their hearts out for their nations’ pride in Russia and it is expected to be quite a spectacle. I hope you are hyped for the World Cup because I definitely am!
Let’s take a look at the 10 Most Popular Footballers on Instagram and their most incredible moments including some audacious dribbling, unbelievable speed and crazy goals!
10. Marcelo (@marcelotwelve)
Despite being a defender by trade, Marcelo possesses tremendous technical ability and countless skills in his bag that many attackers would be envious of.
The first choice left-back for Brazil and Real Madrid, Marcelo is deemed one of the best in his position in the world and much is expected of him in the upcoming World Cup. Here’s just a glimpse of his skill!
Can you control a long ball like this, just like Marcelo?
9. Luis Suarez (@luissuarez9)
Whichever team he has played in, Suarez has been a constant menace for the opposing team with his knack for creating openings and scoring goals. Despite Uruguay not being one of the favourites to win the World Cup, we can be assured of goals with one of the deadliest strikers in their squad.
Here’s Suarez casually nutmegging a defender and scoring a goal!
8. Ronaldinho (@ronaldinho)
To many, Ronaldinho is a legend of the game that sparked their interest in football. Possessing unmatched dribbling ability, the Brazilian terrorised almost every defender who dared to oppose him, but as a person who truly loved the game, he always did it with a smile.
7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (@iamzlatanibrahimovic)
Having played for the biggest clubs in almost every country, the big Swedish striker has finally settled in sunny California, playing for LA Galaxy. He may be retired from international football but we believe that his fighting spirit will last on in the national team as he watches the World Cup from the comfort of his couch.
Take a look at this absurd goal scored against England!
6. Gareth Bale (@garethbale11)
Despite being a peripheral figure in a mighty Real Madrid side this season due to injuries, Gareth Bale hoped to play an important part for Wales in their World Cup journey. It is a pity that Wales failed to qualify so this talented player has to resort to taking part in the World Cup as a spectator.
Here’s some of the much famed speed of Gareth Bale to admire. How often do you see a footballer run off the pitch and back on it to eventually score a goal?
5. James Rodriguez (@jamesrodriguez10)
Colombia will be putting their faith in James Rodriguez to bring them as far in the competition as possible. After all, his exploits did win him the Golden Boot (Top Scorer Award) in the previous World Cup.
Here’s the goal that really put Rodriguez on the talent radars of many!
4. David Beckham (@davidbeckham)
While he may be seen attending royal weddings nowadays, David Beckham was one of England’s best players back in the day. Renowned for his long-range passing, crossing ability, and bending free-kicks, Beckham was an integral cog of the many teams that he has been a part of.
Here’s Beckham’s stoppage time free kick that won the nation’s hearts by sending England to the 2002 World Cup finals!
3. Lionel Messi (@leomessi)
After losing in the previous World Cup final, Messi will be hoping to gain redemption with Argentina in the upcoming one. With a breadth of attacking talent like Higuain, Aguero and Di Maria playing alongside him, he does seem like he has a good chance of lifting the elusive World Cup.
I do feel bad for those that play against him though. I mean, how do you stop a guy whose feet are seemingly glued to the ball?
2. Neymar Jr (@neymarjr)
In a country where football is worshipped like a religion, being played in every street, the World Cup is the pinnacle of success for every Brazilian player.
As the star player in the team, much is expected of him. However, Neymar is not unfamiliar with huge expectations. He will be hoping to put the previous World Cup’s 7-1 loss to Germany behind him and show the world how to win with some Brazilian samba-style football!
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano)
The age-old debate of Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the world will forever continue but we at Popular Chips can safely say that the winner in the social media game is Cristiano, who has more followers than even Kylie Jenner or Beyoncé!
Coming off from a Champions’ League triumph with Real Madrid, the serial-winning Portuguese captain is expected to lead the team to a successful World Cup.
With speed and strength to match his skill and eye for goal, he is basically the complete package as a footballer. Here’s a little of what to expect from the reigning Ballon d’Or winner!
Well, here’s a bonus moment as a treat for staying till the end!
Let us know which team you will be rooting for and how excited you are for the World Cup!