Here are five players to look out for in the tournament, which takes place from June 17 to July 2…
CRISTIANO RONALDO (
Having won the first international title of his illustrious career with
Ronaldo also continued to rewrite the record books in the Champions League as he became the first man to score more than 100 goals in
Most worryingly of all for those charged with stopping him, Ronaldo is by his own admission in far better shape than he has been for recent international tournaments, having been rested far more than in previous seasons at Madrid.
JAVIER HERNANDEZ (
By his own high standards, the 2016-17 season was disappointing for ‘Chicharito’, who scored 11 league goals for Bayer Leverkusen as they finished 12th in
However, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker broke Jared Borgetti’s record as
His best display this season was a hat-trick when he single-handedly sealed
AARON MOOY (
Mooy is coming off an outstanding season where he propelled unfashionable
Mooy, 26, on loan from
Mooy, who was named in the Championship team of the year, will probe for openings with his accurate deep-lying passes and his penchant for a long-range shot at goal.
He will form a skilful duo in the Socceroos’ midfield alongside Tom Rogic, who scored Celtic’s winning goal in the Scottish Cup final to claim the domestic treble.
“He wasn’t part of the (Huddersfield) team that got promoted – he was a key part,” said
“He played just about every game, and along with his Socceroos commitments and international travel in a tough league, he’s been outstanding.”
TIMO WERNER (
With 21 goals in 31 games, Werner was the top-scoring German in the Bundesliga, spearheading RB Leipzig’s stunning first season in the top-flight, where they finished their debut campaign second only to Bayern Munich.
With lightening pace, the 21-year-old – nicknamed ‘Turbo Timo’ – is deadly when he gets in behind defences.
His prowess in front of goal has put him on the radar of
CHRISTIAN BASSOGOG (
The 21-year-old Bassogog was at the heart of
Hugo Broos’ young squad qualified for the last eight at the expense of the hosts
Bassogog scored his only goal of the tournament with a 93rd-minute left-footed shot to seal their 2-0 semi-final win over
Having been voted best player of the tournament, his performances saw Chinese side Henan Jianye snap him up from Danish side