Forwards we need in our FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar fantasy selections
Updated on: Oct 10, 2022 2:18 pm IST
The tournament itself only happens every four years, which inevitably means there will be plenty of excitement and eager anticipation, once the 2022 FIFA World Cup begins in Qatar. This will inevitably extend to those participating in fantasy football competitions, carefully monitoring the form and fortunes of the players they select.
While there will be numerous fantasy football competitions available, ahead of releasing any clear details ahead of the tournament itself, we can be fairly certain there will be an official FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Fantasy game available. Going by previous tournaments, details are usually released within a week or two of the opening matches.
But as we ponder which of the World Cup fantasy competitions we might enter, let’s also take a look at one of the most popular areas in any team, the one that often helps us accumulate the most points. We are of course talking about forwards, the key source of goals and assists, who could also be vital towards the hopes and ambitions of their national teams.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal
It goes without saying that for many people, Cristiano Ronaldo will be the top priority for many fantasy fans, largely due to the incredible scoring record of the Portugal superstar. This is the guy who boasts the men’s world record for international goals, having banged in 117 during 191 appearances for his national team.
But what makes this even more intriguing, Cristiano Ronaldo is not amongst the favourites to top the scoring charts, when it comes to the latest World Cup betting. After searching through online bookmakers reviewed by SBO, where guides to the best odds and promotions can be found, it seems that CR7 is not even in the top five contenders for the Golden Boot.
Nevertheless, it is impossible to ignore Cristiano Ronaldo in any competitive tournament, including the World Cup. Furthermore, he is absolutely crucial to the hopes of Portugal making progress, and even with just one goal, he will become the first player to have scored in five consecutive tournaments, adding yet another record to his collection of achievements.
Harry Kane – England
Their form has been somewhat poor of late, although the bookies appear to remain convinced about the chances of England and Harry Kane, while the man himself seems highly confident. The striker is currently tipped as favourite for the Golden Boot award, while England still remains amongst the leading outright World Cup winner contenders.
Nobody can doubt the importance of Harry Kane for England, having already proven himself as their most prolific scoring talent over the last several years. Since his international debut in 2015, the Tottenham Hotspur striker has registered 51 goals in 75 appearances, comfortably assuming his role as the tip of the lance with the Three Lions.
Indeed, heading into the 2022 World Cup there is a particular target Kane will be chasing, which is the all-time England scoring record currently held by Wayne Rooney. The former Manchester United legend scored 52 in 120 appearances for his country, and Kane will need just 2 more goals to match that, before aiming to claim the title for himself.
Kylian Mbappé– France
When it comes to high expectations, those which currently surround Kylian Mbappécould make or break him during the upcoming World Cup. Luckily for France, they also have Karim Benzema in the squad, although the younger of the two forwards will inevitably be feeling the pressure, given he is also tipped as a potential Golden Boot winner.
That being said, Kylian Mbappéhas been in excellent form with Paris Saint-Germain so far this season, registering 7 goals in 7 appearances for his club side. But if the French national team are to retain their World Cup title, they will need the 23-year-old at his very best. During his 59 appearances for Les Bleus, the supremely talented forward has netted 28 goals.
Neymar – Brazil
According to the latest odds, Brazil will head into the FIFA 2022 World Cup as the outright tournament favourites, despite having failed to lift the trophy at the last four editions of the competition. However, this time they boast arguably their strongest selection for a generation, including a much more mature Neymar in simply wonderful form.
Neymar is not only a frequent scorer of goals, with 8 already in the French Ligue 1 at Paris Saint-Germain this term, but he also contributes an impressive number of assists. He has provided the decisive final pass on 7 occasions this season, creating scoring opportunities for teammates, which is obviously something Brazil will be hoping he continues at the World Cup.
For these two key reasons, factoring in the capacity to both score goals and create them, we reckon that Neymar will potentially be the most productive player at the 2022 World Cup, making him the top selection for fantasy football fanatics. Matched by the fact Brazil is being tipped to go all the way, choosing Neymar will be a no-brainer for most of us.