Hefei (China): With around a week to go before the FIFA World Cup 2018 edition kicks off, the craze of Football’s biggest extravaganza is increasing day-by-day.
Five of the biggest names in Football previewed the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup when they attended the 2018 G-EXPO Global Football Summit in Bengbu, Anhui province of China.
For many the battle between Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is where the focus will be. However, the presence of rising superstars like Neymar and Mohamed Salah might challenge the dominance of two of the greatest players of all time.
When asked about which players they are most excited to see, Beckham, Ancelotti and Costacurta all said they are looking forward to the battle between Messi and Ronaldo.
“Messi and Ronaldo both did very well last season, they are very talented and I am looking forward to their performances this time,” Beckham said.
Del Piero hopes the 2018 World Cup can be Messi’s World Cup. “Every World Cup brings us a lot of good players and surprises. I hope this World Cup will be Messi’s World Cup. Argentina lost the last World Cup final, but Messi deserves to win the honour with his country,” Del Piero said.
Ancelotti was quick to point out that there are also other superstars on the horizon.
“Over the past few years, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo occupied the football field. Neymar’s performance was good this season, although he has just recovered from injury. He prepared well for the World Cup, I expect him to provide some surprises,” Ancelotti said.
As a loyal England supporter, Beckham praised England’s best player.
“Last season, Harry Kane had a very great performance. He is an outstanding player, I’m looking forward to his performance in Russia,” Beckham said.
David Beckham, Alessandro del Piero, Carlo Ancelotti, Ruud Gullit and Alessandro Costacurta all gave their predictions ahead of much-awaited soccer contest.
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