Some Latin American stars did not show their best version in the last World Cup, but they could stand out in the Champions League
Latin America did not have an excellent performance in the last World Championship in Russia 2018. However, in football as in life itself, there is always room for revenge. In this case, the best scenario for retaliation will be the European football campaign, mainly the Champions League. There will be present Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr, and James Rodriguez, to name a few.
Now, what other Latin footballers besides those mentioned could figure in the fight for 'La Orejona' of the nascent season? LatinAmerican Post answers this question and predicts some of the names that would achieve the glory of this competition, whose group stage draw will be next August 30.
Recently, it became known that Neymar will continue to be part of the PSG. The news pleased the fans of the Parisian club, who hope that this time, beyond winning the French League and the Cup of France, that the Brazilian crack lead them to conquer the Champions League.
"The goal is the same as always, is to win. Our team is focused more and more and we are very happy about it. I hope we have a great campaign, with many titles and, of course, I want to win the Champions League", said Neymar himself in a publication issued by the football portal Goal.com, in which he was also emphatic in his desire to erase his regular performance in Russia 2018.
Messi, Coutinho and Malcom
FC Barcelona will have a trident of Latinos for this season that is about to begin. This is the amalgam that will form the Argentine Leo Messi along with the Brazilians Philippe Coutinho and Malcom. This last skillful offensive midfielder of 21 years, recently arrived at the institution. Malcom has already achieved praise within the Barca family.
This is highlighted by the FCBN portal, which points out that both Malcom and Coutinho have features in common with the Argentine star and would greatly contribute to the development of the team. The media highlights that "if these two Brazilians have something in common with Leo Messi, it is their great technical quality". This will lead them to assume with hunger to win the nascent Champions League.
James Rodriguez is a player who always manages to reinvent himself and be better individually and at the team level. For this reason, the Colombian, who was injured in the World Cup in Russia, has already begun to work with greater strength and commitment to be in the best shape to start the season of Bayern Munich. This cast year after year manages to appear in the struggle for the "orejona", but in recent times has seen their options fade. The team hopes to change this story and has James as one of its references.
According to the Spanish newspaper Marca, the star of the Bavarian cast is very grateful for the opportunity they gave him in Germany. In this, his second year in the club, the goal is to get everything that appears on his way. The newspaper said that "in Bayern [James] has regained the confidence he lost in Madrid in his last two years and feels a duty to the team. The thinking they handle, both he and his environment is clear and is to win everything".
One of those players who always dreams of achieving the glory that gives the Champions League and that, for one reason or another, has not accomplished it, is the attacker Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan has had a dream 2018 winning the double with the PSG and being a figure of the Uruguayan cast in the World Cup. Cavani may have served in this coming Champions League the real possibility of transcending, not only because he is becoming more and more accurate in his game, but also because he already has the full maturity to go in search of his goals.
Of course, the only question that arises about Cavani, is the club where he will play at this end of the year. Despite the fact that he continues in the Parisian club, there are many who place him as a secure signing for Real Madrid, a cast that of course would increase his chances of excelling and, why not, become champion. "Cavani would never originate a conflict facing the outside or the media, but at the call of Madrid, he would humbly say that he would like to take advantage of the opportunity," said the Uruguayan portal Ovación.
LatinAmerican Post | Freddy González
Translated from "Los futbolistas latinoamericanos que brillarán en la próxima edición de la Champions League"