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Seven Records that Could be Broken at the Russia 2018 World Cup

Seven Records that Could be Broken at the Russia 2018 World Cup

Posted by Miguel Ernesto on June 17, 2018

The twenty-first edition of the FIFA Soccer World Cup is already considered the most expensive and technological in history. For a month, Russia becomes the epicenter of the universal sport and, hopefully, the enormous rivalry between the participating teams gives us an event with many goals and plays that are saved forever in history.

What records could be broken in this World Cup? PanamericanWorld proposes to approach five scores that will probably change their ownership in the upcoming days.

MESSI AND CRISTIANO WILL MATCH KING PELÉ

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been the two best players of this century; however, in the World Cups they have lacked the goalscoring instinct that always accompanies them in the Barcelona and Real Madrid teams. Both have intervened in three Cups, as of 2006, and the Portuguese has only three goals, while the Argentine has five. If they score (Ronaldo got a Hat Trick in his first game against Spain), at least one goal in Russia 2018, then they would tie a record currently held by the Brazilian Edson Arantes do Nascimento 'Pelé' and the Germans Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose: score at least once in four Cups World.

MESSI WILL SURPASS MARADONA AS THE CAPTAIN WITH MORE GOALS

Maradona or Messi? The debate over who has been the best Argentine soccer player of all time seems to divide the generations. In this World Cup, Messi could break a record that belongs to the "Pelusa" ["Fluff"]: the most goals scored by a team captain. Maradona scored, in total, eight goals, but six of them as captain of the Argentine team; on the other hand, Messi accumulates four with the bracelet, one less than Gyorgi Sarosi (Hungary) and the Germans Uwe Seeler, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Lothar Matthaus. Therefore, with three more entries, "La Pulga" ["The Flea"] would leave Diego behind.

Maradona would also cede another score in Russia: the most appearances as captain, because the Mexican Rafael Marquez adds 14 games with the band in his arm. And if the technical director Juan Carlos Osorio lined the veteran defender in the three games of the firts phase, then he would reach 17 and surpass the mythical 10 of the Argentine team in one.

MÁRQUEZ, ANOTHER AWARD TO EXPERIENCE

In addition to surpassing Maradona, Márquez will also enter the World Cups record books, because he will play his fifth Cup, as did his compatriot Antonio Carbajal (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962 and 1966), the Italian Gianluigi Buffon (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014) and the German Lothar Matthaus (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998).

Márquez will try not to receive another yellow or red card, because if he saw any of these cards he would become the most reprimanded player in the World Cups, since he is currently tied with Zinedine Zidane and Marcos Evangelista de Morais "Cafú", all with six sanctions.

MÜLLER, IN FAVOR OF THE GOALS RECORD

The German Miroslav Klose is the top scorer in the history of the World Cups, with 16 scores, ahead of the Brazilian Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima, who accumulated 15. The leadership of Klose could be in danger, because a fellow, Thomas Müller, 28 years old, has already achieved 10 goals. Germany is one of the most offensive teams of the Russia 2018 World Cup and Müller must be in the starting line-up of coach Joachim Löw, so he would have several opportunities to, at least, approach the Klose brand. To reach the record, Müller will have to improve his production of the South Africa 2010 World Cup when he won the Golden Boot, with five goals. Due to his age, Müller may be able to go to the next World Cup, in Qatar 2022, when he will be 32 years old.

EL-HADARY, THE MOST VETERAN IN THE WORLD CUPS

In the 2014 Brazil World Cup, the Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón entered the field a few minutes, in the challenge against Japan, to become, at that moment, the longest-serving soccer player to play a World Cup, with 43 years. His record doesn’t seem destined to last long, because in Russia 2018 he will be overcome by Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, who was exactly 45 years and five months old when his national team debuted against Uruguay. As a curious fact: El-Hadary is older than three coaches in this World Cup: Aliou Cisse (Senegal, 42), Mladen Krstajic (Serbia, 44) and Roberto Martínez (Belgium, 44).

THE MOST OFFENSIVE WORLD CUP IN HISTORY

Goals mean love in soccer, so this World Cup, with so many stars, could become the most offensive in history. The score of more goals is shared by the edition of France 1998 and the one of Brazil 2014, where 171 goals were obtained. Now, with Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, among others, in a great shape, it wouldn’t be risky to predict that this score will be broken.

GERMANY WANTS THE FIFTH STAR IN ITS UNIFORM

Brazil is the highest winner of titles in the World Cups, with five crowns; but very close is Germany, with four titles. Italy also has the same number of stars in its uniform, but the azzurra couldn’t qualify for this Cup and, without doubt, will be one of the great absentees. Can Germany match the "Canarinha"? The German team is considered one of the main favorites, since it has a very complete team; with Neuer, Hummels, Boateng, Kroos, Khedira, Ozil, Müller ... Will "Die Mannschaft" reach the final match at the Olympic Stadium Luzhniki?

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