Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay are the top three teams from South American playing at the Qatar World Cup. If Argentina and Brazil hope to win this year’s WC, and if Uruguay hopes to move to the knockout stage, the three players listed below for each nation must step it up. Let’s have a look at our FIFA World Cup Betting analysis for those players.
Top 3 Most Important Players for Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina Heading Into the FIFA World Cup
2022 Qatar World Cup
- When: Nov. 21 – Dec. 18
Brazil National Team
- Thiago Silva
Most would put Neymar at the top, and for good reason. Neymar is an important part of Brazil’s quest for the World Cup. But although Neymar will make a big impact, Brazil won’t win the 2022 Qatar World Cup unless one of the younger strikers takes charge.
Vinicius Junior, Gabriel Jesus, and Richarlison must all play well. Of the three, the one that will likely make the biggest impact is the Everton forward.
Richarlison scored 10 goals and 9 assists while playing for a bad Premier League team. He’s got skills for days. If he takes the next step, he could win the Golden Boot.
Fabinho ranks second because he’s one of the best midfielders in the world. The Liverpool player can both score, he kicked in 5 goals this past Premier season, and anchor a defense.
Thiago Silva is 37-years-old. But the Chelsea defender remains one of the best back line players in soccer. Silva will run Brazil’s defensive line.
Uruguay National Team
- Darwin Nunez
- Federico Valverde
- Sebastian Coates
No doubt, Suarez and Cavani will be important to Uruguay’s World Cup chances, but if Uruguay pulls off an upset and makes it to the Round of 16, it will because Darwin Nunez takes over scoring duties.
Liverpool transferred Nunez from Benfica to replace Sadio Mane. Nunez scored 26 goals in 28 matches while playing in the Portuguese Liga this past season. He has a chance to become a world stage star in Qatar.
Federico Valverde is one of Real Madrid’s most important players. Valverde will help Uruguay control the middle of the pitch. He will also set up Nunez, Suarez, and Cavani. If Valverde has a great World Cup, Uruguay should surprise.
Sebastian Coates, the Sporting CP player, is a fantastic defender. Coates started 30 matches for Sporting, one of the best teams in the Portuguese Liga. Like Silva, Coates will be counted on to manage Uruguay’s back line.
Argentina National Team
- Lautaro Martinez
- Lionel Messi
- Emiliano Martinez
Lautaro Martinez has turned into one of the best soccer players in the world. Inter Milano’s #10 scored 21 goals in 28 starts for the Serie A squad this season.
Martinez is much more than a scorer. Although he had just 3 assists for Inter, he can play both midfield and the forward position. Martinez, along with Messi, has turned into Argentina’s most important player. So much so that no less than three UEFA club teams, Atletico, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain are vying for Martinez’s services.
If Argentina is to win a second World Cup, Lionel won’t have to play like the Messi of old. But the greatest player in soccer history will have to run the show, which is why the Great One is 1A instead of 2 on the list.
Argentina is a much better team when Messi controls the middle of the pitch and passes to players like Lautaro, Angel Correia, and Paulo Dybala. If Lionel can do that, few teams stand a chance against Argentina.
Emiliano Martinez has turned into one of the better goalies in the Premier League. Although he allowed 46 goals in 36 matches, he secured 11 clean sheets. Why is that important?
It’s important because Emiliano plays for Aston Villa. Aston isn’t one of the better clubs in the Premier. So the fact Argentina’s goalkeeper produced 11 clean sheets during the Premier season is huge.