The convergence of a world full of people in Brazil this June shall perhaps be the greatest festival of joy we could wish for. As we speak about the World Cup, we shall make some predictions as to who are the possible candidates for the Golden Ball award for the best player in Brazil this June:
The previous World Cup proved to be Spain’s impending stamp on the World stage after underperforming for so many years. While the Spanish team work as a single unit complementing each other, Andres Iniesta holds the key to their performances. Possessing one of the most gifted pair of feet, Iniesta’s sublime touch and exquisite movement is reminiscent of a certain bald-headed guy named Zidane.
If someone is capable of such a comparison, he sure does have what it takes to be the best player in the World Cup. While he would be off a poor campaign at Barcelona, you can expect him to return to his past form which brought him to third position in the Ballon d’or award.
It is rather unusual that you would see player from Cote d’ivoire in such a list. But then, you can never discount Yaya Toure from anywhere. Seeing the way he dominates the opposition, one could be led to believe Cote d’Ivoire stand a really good chance of making the final stages of the World Cup.
Capable of playing anywhere across the midfield, Yaya Toure could be described as a powerful player whose main strength is to drive through the midfield and bring the ball out of the back with consummate ease.
Manchester City’s nearly complete league-winning campaign is largely due to his stellar performances from the center. His goal-scoring record is impressive and he has scored 20 goals this season from 32 games. That speaks volumes about his ability and he certainly is the key player for Cote d’Ivoire. We could expect him to use the best of his abilities to carry his team and win this prized award.
Uruguay and Brazil would always be remembered for the legendary match at the Maracana. As they return to Brazil 64 years after that night, we should hope that they don’t walk away empty-handed. While the ultimate prize of winning the trophy might be a tad too much, the Golden ball is certainly within the reach of their striker, Luis Suarez.
Coming off his best ever season with 31 goals and PFA player of the year trophy, Luis Suarez goes into the World Cup as Uruguay’s best hope. Their fans would be expecting Luis Suarez to carry them throughout the tournament and by the looks of it, he certainly would do it.
Capable of scoring and assisting as well as being equally good with the ball on his feet, Luis Suarez represents the striker every manager would love to have. The previous Golden ball was won by a Uruguayan, Diego Forlan and I should say Luis Suarez would be intent on continuing the trend.
A true veteran and legend of the game, Pirlo at thirty six years of age, still stands tall as one of the best midfielders in the world. His performance in the Confederations Cup last year were clearly testament to the fact that Pirlo is not yet run out and can perform admirably on the big stage.
Especially, the semifinals against Spain which was decided in penalties after a goalless draw saw Pirlo dominate the Spanish midfield effortlessly and have control of the proceedings. Excellent with both feet, possessing a Scholes-esque style of passing and a certain je ne sais quoi with the dead ball, Pirlo could be the decisive player in Prandelli’s squad.
With the able support of his teammates, Pirlo could well be the best player in what is arguably his last World Cup.
After 12 years, Belgium finally have burst onto the big stage and qualified for the World Cup. Arguably one of the most talented sides in the World Cup, the only thing they lack is experience and they would be looking up to their skipper for inspiration.
Although he is yet to prove himself on the international stage, his performances for Manchester City have been nothing short of exceptional. Winning the PFA player of the season two years ago, he has once again come to the fore this season with amazing performances.
Belgium will be looking for a strong performance this June in Brazil and Kompany would be vital to that. Should they achieve their goal, I hardly doubt anyone other than Kompany would be at the centerstage.