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Golden Ball Race Tracker: Who Will Be the Best Player of the 2022 FIFA World Cup?

Golden Ball Race Tracker: Who Will Be the Best Player of the 2022 FIFA World Cup?

With four teams remaining in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, fans are eager to see which two teams will create history and earn a ticket to the inaugural World Cup in a Middle-East State and winter season. Tears of both joy and grief are expected to pour in the two semifinal matches, and Argentina, Croatia, France as well as Morocco are ready to go again at the World Cup; The tension and flare simply do not get any better than this in Qatar.

Four semifinalists each had already accomplished milestones that they thought were only aspirations but they are prepared for more records; Advancing to the final for Croatia and / or France would make them the first member (s) of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) to reach consecutive World Cup finals since Germany last did it in 1990. As for La Albiceleste, a win would make them remain undefeated in the last four stage of the tournament, while Morocco qualifying for the final would be the best result an African country had achieved.

National glory is imminent for all four countries regardless of their performance in the last four stage, but they would certainly be fascinated to progress further. Although football is a team sports, the semifinalists in Qatar each have their own dependent core player to rely on, especially when the tide is turning against them in a match. Let us look at who might bag home the Golden Ball award, an honour that is presented to the best player of the World Cup.



Lionel Messi (Argentina)



In what likely to be his last World Cup participation, the 2014 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner’s form has been fantastic in this year’s tournament. Shrugging off a poor first season in France, La Pulga revived his club career this season and transferred his incredible form to the World Cup. He currently owns four goals and two assists under his belt, and he would be vital if La Albiceleste were to win their third World Cup trophy, and Messi’s first in Qatar.



Luka Modrić (Croatia)



If Modrić has taught us anything, it would be age is just a number since the 37-year-old remains an irreplaceable piece of the Croatia national football team. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner may have yet to register a single goal or assist in the tournament, but his leadership on and off the field is what has driven Kockasti to a consecutive semifinal appearance in the World Cup.



Kylian Mbappé (France)



Needless to say, the current Golden Boot leader of the 2022 FIFA World Cup is also in the race of the Golden Ball award as he has been involved in seven out of France’s 11 goals in the tournament (Five goals and two assists). The French sensation was the last edition’s Best Young Player, considering he is only 23 years of age this year, sooner or later Mbappé is going to get his hands on the best player award.



Bono (Morocco)



You probably already know that Morocco has broken so many new grounds, but what you did not know is that the Atlas Lions had never been scored more than once and only conceded one goal in the entire tournament. They owe this record largely to the amazing defensive backline led by Paris Saint-Germain star right-back Achraf Hakimi, but their goalkeeper’s heroics have also been huge in their success, especially during the penalty shoot-out against Spain. Should Morocco do the unthinkable to reach the final or even win it all, Sevilla’s shot stopper Bono is likely to be awarded the best player accolade of the tournament.

Who do you think is the best player so far in Qatar?

Ronaldo released an emotional message on Instagram following Portugal’s exit from the tournament, and stars around the globe gave their heartwarming replies, read more about it here.



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