02.11.2022 » Can Ronaldo become the top scorer at the 2022 World Cup?
No one knows who is going to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup a few weeks prior to its debut, but as usual, there are several nations who arrive to this tournament as favorites and others who shouldn't pose a threat in the later stages of the competition... According to some of the best casino reviewers, the same logic applies to the tournament's top scorer predictions, even though the list of candidates in this case tends to be a bit larger. Cristiano Ronaldo, who is among the favorites, will face some tough competition from other players such as Harry Kane from England, Mbappé from France or even Lionel Messi from Argentina...
Cristiano Ronaldo - The World Cup is coming:
The last chance to shine!
The Portuguese forward may have missed the pre-season in July/August, but he is still his nation's captain and everything suggests that will lead Portugal's attacking front in the upcoming World Cup. Having in mind the "Seleção" will be playing Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea in Group H, there's a very high chance that we'll see Portugal advancing to the knockout stages, which is the same as saying that Ronaldo will have plenty of chances to score.
The 37-year old is not having a great season on a personal level, but we all know how motivation can change everything and there's nothing better than a World Cup for a player to change his mindset.
The responsibility of carrying an entire nation's hopes...
England couldn't win a single game in their last 6 fixtures, but they will definitely have something to say when it comes to reach the decisive stages of the upcoming World Cup. They did win their qualifying group with not a single defeat in their record and Harry Kane was precisely the top scorer of this stage with 12 goals, together with Netherland's Memphis Depay.
The Tottenham's striker is in great form this season and already scored 10 goals in the Premier League. In the World Cup, we can expect him to be a constant threat to every opponent England has to face and he should also be his nation's first choice if there's any penalty-kick awarded to his team.
France's golden boy is ready to cause havoc...
Four years ago, when Mbappé was playing his first World Cup for France, many people still doubted he was capable of delivering his best football in the biggest stage of all. However and throughout the tournament, the French prodigy proved his doubters wrong and passed a message to the world. France won the World Cup and Mbappé still has plenty to offer in future World Cup editions.
France is not on a very good form at the moment and they ended up failing to qualify to the UEFA Nations League semifinals earlier this year. Nevertheless, they are one of of the most powerful attacking forces in this FIFA World Cup and with teammates such as Benzema next to him, we can expect Kylian Mbappé to score several goals with ease.
Can he finally deliver the World Cup to Argentina?
Just like Ronaldo, Messi must have the feeling that this will be his last chance to leave his mark at a World Cup tournament. The Argentine star has been trying to bring the World Cup trophy home ever since he played for his country and the pressure has been piling up over the years.
The now-PSG playmaker has not managed to earn a World Cup top scorer award in the past either and this could very well change if he leads Argentina to glory in the upcoming tournament. This season, Messi has been playing some his finest football and he already scored a total of 12 goals in 17 appearances.
Is the Brazilian mature enough to handle the pressure?
Judging by what most of the sports bookmakers and football experts have to say, Brazil is currently the biggest favorite to win the 2022 World Cup. However and in order for the Brazilian Team to have success in the upcoming tournament, there's one player in particular who will need to perform at his best level and that's of course, Neymar. The 30-year old superstar is truly the soul of this team and Brazil's chances of success will most likely be correlated with Neymar's scoring and assist record.
This will be Neymar's third shot at a World Cup and there are plenty of reasons to believe the PSG forward is more mentally prepared now than he was before. Not only that, but leading his nation to glory and becoming the competition's top scorer would also allow him to improve his chances of winning the Ballon d'Or next year.
Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Manchester United in the Europa League is on November 3, against Real Sociedad. You can watch Real Sociedad vs Manchester United, Real Madrid vs Celtic, Juventus vs PSG, Manchester City vs Sevilla, Chelsea vs Dinamo Zagreb, and AC Milan vs Salzburg, all matches provided from our soccer game pages.
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Real Sociedad vs Manchester United kick-off time (03-11-2022):
Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 01:45
India (New Delhi) | UTC/GMT+5.30: 23:15
Italy (Turin) | UTC/GMT+1: 18:45
Spain (Madrid) | UTC/GMT+1: 18:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+0: 17:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 14:45
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-5: 12:45
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-8: 09:45