The time has arrived for the FIFA World Cup to host its quadrennial tournament, where national teams go head to head to determine the sport’s new world champion. As football fans eagerly wait in anticipation of what’s to come, a lot of excitement continues to build now that the event is right around the corner. With Qatar under pressure to outdo itself as the first country to host the World Cup in the Middle East, countries like Brazil are bidding for a record-extending sixth title.
The 28-day tournament begins on November 21st, 2022, with 32 teams covering 64 matches. As we compare sports teams and individuals like your FIFA World Cup standings, let’s discuss the 2022 FIFA World Cup in more detail.
The FIFA World Cup Top Teams
It’s pretty evident that Brazil will be number one in the FIFA ranking thanks to players like Vinícius Júnior and Neymar. But there is much speculation going around on whether this will be the team’s first World Cup title since 2002.
The second team to rank among the top teams is Belgium. It’s said that Belgium’s “Golden Generation” is slowly splitting up. However, the team still has players like Kevin De Bruyne, who’s currently being trusted to lead the Belgian charge.
Number three goes to Argentina despite it not scoring a single World Cup title since the Diego Maradona days. This will be the team’s first World Cup ever since his passing in November 2020. On the bright side, things may be looking up as Argentina is said to be improving, especially since Messi is still at its core.
Fourth in line is France. Now that Mbappé and Karim Benzema are leading the defending champions, there’s a glimpse of hope that the team may have a chance at retaining the World Cup title, mainly because France is still the country that’s known to have the most depth to its squad.
Last but not least, we have England ranking as number five. As a 2018 World Cup semi-finals and finals at the 2021 European Championship, the underperforming national team is said to be trending in the right direction.
Top Stars in the FIFA World Cup
Of course, a list of top stars that will be part of the 2022 World Cup won’t be complete without mentioning the seven-time world player, Lionel Messi. The 35-year-old Argentinian player has been saving his legs for that final push at a World Cup winner’s medal. So, this would undoubtedly solidify him as one of football’s greatest players.
Next, we have Portugal player Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s made a name for himself after winning the European Championship, despite never playing in a World Cup final for men’s international soccer. With many fans expecting his exit soon, we can only hope that the tournament makes the most of him while there’s still time.
We now have France player Kylian Mbappé. No one can forget how he became the star of the last World Cup at just 19. Since then, the player has put in a lot of work to further improve his skill and technique. Many experts believe that the speedy striker could soon be running in the same league as one of Brazil’s greatest players, Pelé, by becoming a champion in his first two trips to the World Cups.
Another top star worth mentioning is Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian player is widely regarded as one of the world’s best midfielders, with driving runs that are among the top sights in football. At this stage, we can only hope that he arrives healthy.
Our final top star goes to Brazil player Neymar. Despite becoming increasingly overshadowed by Messi and Mbappé at Paris Saint-Germain, he remains the leading man to represent Brazil.
Games You Should Keep An Eye On
If you’re looking for a genuinely entertaining experience to watch the best teams go head to head with one another, then here’s a list of must-see games that you can’t miss:
- Senegal versus Netherlands on November 21st
- Argentina versus Mexico on November 26th
- Spain versus Germany on November 27th
- Iran versus United States on November 29th
- Ghana versus Uruguay on December 2nd