Before the World Cup kickoffs, some countries were highly rated due to the names they have in their squads. Countries like Brazil, Germany, France, and others have more than enough superstars. But there are others who were underrated because they have one or no big name on their lists. Today, we will take a look at the top for stars whose teams were underrated before the World Cup kickoffs.
5. Denis Cheryshev and Russia
Despite hosting, Russia was regarded as the underdog due to the history. Indeed, Russia is not internationally famous at the football game. But the Russians came in on fire, destroying everyone in their way. Denis Cheryshev scored two goals as Russia humiliated Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the tournament. With no pity, he netted again as they thrashed Mohamed Salah’s Egypt 3-1. With more goals than any other team, Russia was the first to qualify to the last of 16.
4. Granit Xhaka and Switzerland
With Brazil in the same group, it’s obvious to be underrated. The same case was applied to Switzerland national team. Led by Arsenal star Granit Xhaka, the Swiss boys showed they never let go easily. They stopped overconfident Brazil by grabbing a point from them in the kickoff game.
3. Luka Modric and Croatia
Hearing that Croatia was in the same group as Argentina, the least they were thought to do was getting a second place. But things change, with a willing heart. With their captain, Luka Modric on the lead, Croatia embarrassed Messi’s Argentina with a 3 null victory. It’s even tough to predict who will stop them in the next round.
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