Two BRICS countries, Russiia, the host nation and Brazil will be representing the BRICS community at the FIFA 2018 World Cup. With 7 days to go, we take a look at star players from the two BRICS countries to look out for:
Aleksandr Golovin (Russia)
The 22 year-old Russian Central Midfielder is a star on the rise. Golovin played for the Russian Under-17 national team when they won the 2013 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. His first game in the National Team was in 2015 when Russia played a friendly match against Belarus. The young Central Midfielder, came in at the 61st minute and scored the second goal for Russia. He currently plays for Russia’s CSKA Moscow team and he is a star to look out at the FIFA World Cup 2018 as he represents the host team.
Gabriel Jesus (Brazil)
The Manchester City star started playing for the Brazil National team in 2016. To date he has made 16 appearances for the national team and scored 9 goals. The 21 year-old, Manchester City forward has helped the team win both the Premier League and EFL Cup in 2018. His school career has been a success with playing in the final of the 2015 Under-20 FIFA World Cup and winning the Olympics gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Igor Akinfeev (Russia)
A true star in the Russian Football community, Akinfeev, Russian Goalkeeper is both the Captain of Russia’s CSKA Moscow and the Russia National team. He has won 6 Russian Premier League titles and 6 Russian Cups, also the UEFA in 2005. He has earned 100 caps and his experience and skills will be beneficial at the FIFA World Cup this year. The host nation looks forward to moving far in the World Cup and under the leadership of Akinfeev this might happen.
With 54 goals in 84 matches for the Brazil National Team since debuting at the age of 18, 26 year-old Neymar is the 4th highest goal scorer for Brazil’s National team. This French club, Paris Saint-Germain star started playing professional football at the age of 17, and was named South America footballer of the year in 2011 and 2012. He played alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at the Spain’s Football club Barcelona, where he helped the team win the La Liga, the Copa del Rey and UEFA Championship League in 2014-15 season. Moving from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain the transaction was €222 million, making him the world’s most expensive footballer. Neymar is one of Brazil’s star players to look out for at the FIFA World Cup on the 17th June, when they play against Switzerland for their first game.