Ronaldo, Messi, Falcao, Rooney and Suarez, to name a few. Everyone’s heard of them, and most of the big name players are all expected to do well at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
But what about the lesser known players, who have all performed well and, if not, better, than their compatriots? They could surprise a lot of people possibly take the finals by storm. At the last World Cup, for example, Thomas Mueller and Wesley Sneijder ended up being joint top goal scorers along with David Villa.
Odds on lesser known players at the World Cup
Joel Campbell/Costa Rica – The Arsenal striker yet to play for Arsenal, due to work permits. Campbell has spent the last few years on loan and his recent performances against Manchester United in the Champions League have highlighted his ability.
Vedad Ibisevic/Bosnia-Herzegovina – Former Bosnian footballer of the year Ibisevic’s form has gone slightly under the radar because of his team mate Edin Dzeko. The Vfb Stuttgart striker scored almost as many goals as Dzeko in qualifying and is likely to continue his record in Brazil.
Oribe Peralta/Mexico – If you can cast your minds back to the London Olympics in 2012, Mexico actually beat Brazil 2-1 in the final to win Gold at Wembley. Peralta scored a brace and the Santos Laguna forward scored five goals in two games against New Zealand to drag his side to Brazil through the play-offs.
Jackson Martinez/Columbia – When you think of Columbia’s national side the first person to come to mind is their talismanic striker Radamel Falcao. However, the Moncao striker is touch-and-go to make it to the finals due to a knee injury. Step forward FC Porto forward Jackson Martinez. He has notched 21 goals in 37 games this season (according to soccerbase.com) and looks likely to be the focal point of Columbia’s attack if Falcao doesn’t make it.
Antoine Griezmann/France – Real Sociedad’s 23-year-old winger has been in fine form this season. Griezmann has scored 20 goals this season for the Spanish side and is apparently being tracked by Arsenal and Manchester United. Unfortunately for him, Bayern Munich winger Frank Ribery also prefers playing in the wider positions, so he’ll be facing stiff competition to make the starting XI.
These are just a few of the lesser known individuals who could make a big impact at the World Cup Finals this year. Click here for the latest odds on the 2014 World Cup.