DESTInY CALLI nG…

Pogba isn’t the only big name head­ing to Rus­sia with a spe­cific ob­jec­tive in mind

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LIOnEL MESSI

The Flea doesn’t strike FFT as much of a Talk­ing Heads fan, but the 2018 World Cup re­ally is the same as it ever was for the Ar­gentina ma­gi­cian. Once more in his life­time, Leo must try to win foot­ball’s ul­ti­mate prize and defini­tively es­cape the stocky shadow of Diego Maradona. Gen­uine great­ness awaits if the 30-year-old can fi­nally se­cure the tro­phy set.

THOMAS MULLER

Ger­many’s Raumdeuter (Space In­vader) is one of three play­ers to score five or more goals in two dif­fer­ent World Cups, along with com­pa­triot Miroslav Klose and Peru icon Te­ofilo Cu­bil­las. If the Bay­ern Mu­nich for­ward makes it three in Rus­sia, he’ll al­ready be clos­ing in on Klose’s 16-goal tour­na­ment record. He may look a bit clumsy, but the 28-year-old guar­an­tees goals.

JAMES RO­DRIGUEZ

Four years ago, the Colom­bian play­maker ex­ploded into elite foot­ball by win­ning the Golden Boot and smash­ing home the goal of the tour­na­ment. After an im­pres­sive start to his Real Madrid ca­reer, the 26-year-old flat­tered to de­ceive, although he has re­found form on loan at Bay­ern. James may have come good at the right time, but he could do with another worldie.

LUIS SUAREZ

It’s pretty sim­ple, Luis – don’t bite any­one. We’re done with all the apolo­gies and ex­cuses. Uruguay should progress from a weak group and, along­side Edin­son Ca­vani, the striker can go deep into the tour­na­ment – but only if he isn’t sus­pended. After the 2010 hand­ball and gnaw­ing on Gior­gio Chiellini’s shoul­der in 2014, Suarez must avoid the un­wanted hat-trick.

DIEGO COST A

The Atletico Madrid front­man once claimed he was “a lux­ury spec­ta­tor” when he plays for Spain, and it’s easy to see why. La Roja’s pos­ses­sion ob­ses­sion can of­ten leave the ex-Chelsea striker iso­lated, but Costa’s fire is key if Julen Lopetegui’s men are to em­u­late 2010’s vin­tage and lift the tro­phy. Time to be the cen­tre-for­ward Spain need, Diego, if not what they want.

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