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Lionel Messi selects EIGHT players who will shine at the World Cup – snubs Cristiano Ronaldo

No Ronaldo? Lionel Messi picks EIGHT players who will shine at the World Cup
Lionel Messi believes Neymar and Philippe Coutinho will have big summers (Picture: Getty)

Lionel Messi has picked out eight players who he believes will shine at the World Cup – and there are some notable omissions.

The Barcelona icon, widely regarded as the greatest to ever play the game, remains frustrated by a lack of success on the global stage with Argentina.

At 30 years old, Messis opportunities to lift the trophy are running out and Jorge Sampaolis side are viewed as outsiders summer in Russia.

Brazil are the favourites for the title and Messi believes Neymar and Philippe Coutinho could take the tournament by storm.

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However, the forward failed to mention Portugal and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo when asked who he thinks will impress.

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Brazil have Ney and Philippe, he told El Mundo Deportivo.

No Ronaldo? Lionel Messi picks EIGHT players who will shine at the World Cup
Lionel Messi has backed Philippe Coutinho to impress (Picture: Getty)
No Ronaldo? Lionel Messi picks EIGHT players who will shine at the World Cup
Eden Hazards Belgium take on England in Group G (Picture: Getty)

Messi named Andres Iniesta, David Silva, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe as the other players to watch this summer.

He added: Spain have Andres Iniesta and Silva. Germany dont have any one star but they are very solid.

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Belgium have Hazard and De Bruyne. France have Griezmann and Mbappe.

The tournament is full of very good players.

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