By Usman Tariq, Sharjah
Football is an ancient game. Many great civilizations have played this great game such as the Greeks and the Romans. But it is said that the birth of the real and modern football was in Britain. Great Britain was where this beautiful game became famous and flourished rather amazingly. Noble thinkers say that sports have the ability to bring the nations all around the world closer creating a strong bond. And football is the sport that brings the world together. This game has produced many incredible players who mastered footballing abilities and applied them amazingly on the field. With masters such as Pele who is considered by many as the greatest footballer and present masters such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and many more. The future is bright as well with extremely talented players such as James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos, Isco and many more. These players are the future superstars in the making.
James was born in Cucuta, Columbia on 12 July 1991. He spent most of his childhood in the Columbian city of Ibague. He was born to Wilson James Rodriguez Bedolla and Maria Del Pilar Rubio. James started his professional football career in 2006 for the Colombian second division club Envigado FC. James is currently ranked as one of the best young players in the world. He has been praised by many ex-stars for his technique, creativity and playmaking skills, and has been cited as the heir to his countrymen Carlos Valderrama. His time at Porto was where he caught the attention in Europe where he won several trophies and individual awards. It was a successful 3 years for him at the club. His career took a rapid turn when got selected to play in the FIFA World Cup 2014, he surprised the world by top scoring the tournament and won the prestigious Golden Boot at such a young age and was also part of the Cup’s All Star XI. In 2014, James moved from Monaco to Real Madrid for a transfer fee of whooping €80 million, making him the most expensive Colombian in history. His blooming in the Colombia national team started with the U20 and also captained the winning side. His great performances in FIFA U20 World Cup, led him to become a regular on the senior squad by age 20. He is multitalented and can play across several positions in the midfield. He can play as a playmaker, a winger and a central midfielder. James instant rise led him to comparisons with the famous Colombian footballer Carlos Valderrama himself declared James as his heir. James is ambidextrous and shown it in his dribbling and style of play.
Munir El Haddadi
Munir was born in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain on 1 September 1995. He grew up in nearby Galapagar, which is also known as Little Morocco. His father Mohamed El Haddadi Arbrqui, came to Spain at the age of 18. His mother Zaida is also an Arab and was born in the Spanish exclave of Melilla. Munir has three siblings. He was loaned by CF Rayo Majadahonda from Atletico Madrid in 2010 and started his career their rather impressively. His impressive performances made him grabbed by FC Barcelona youth academy. On 24 August 2014, Munir made his official debut for the FC Barcelona first team in La Liga, against Elche CF at the Camp Nou. He started the match well and scored the second goal of an endmost win but he also impressed the audience. Munir’s parents also held Moroccan passport that made him eligible to represent either nation internationally he later chose to represent Spain. Munir is also a candidate for the 2014 Golden Boy Award. He made his debut for Spain on 8th September against Macedonia for the Euro 2016 qualifiers match, he played final 13 minutes of the match at Valencia. On the field he likes to do layoffs indirect, he is set piece threat, he likes to play short passes, and he likes to cut inside and rarely does dive into tackles.
Toni Kroos was born on 4 January 1990 in city of Greifswald, at that time was part of East Germany and after German reunification on 3rd October 1990 now the state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. He is a German footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the German national team as a midfielder. Kroos has a younger brother Felix Kroos who is a midfielder for Werder Bremen. His father Roland works as youth coach for F.C Hansa Rostock. During his childhood, he was not an outstanding student because he spent a lot of time practicing football. Kroos was a member of Bayern Munich’s first team from the age of 17. Kroos became a regular after an 18 month loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen, and won merit including three Bundesliga titles and the 2013 Champions League. Winning the World Cup in 2014 instantly accelerated his career, Real Madrid signed him on a six year contract. He has been eulogized by journalists and former players for possessing all the qualities for the role of an exceptional attacking midfielder. He made his full international debut in 2010 and was a member of the German squads which reached the semifinals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2012. After winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he became the first footballer born in East Germany to win the competition. Kroos is known for his momentous passing accuracy and his ability to set up goals. He has been described by many as perhaps the pattern of the modern attacking midfielder. The new Real Madrid midfielder already has indicated a level passing precision in such a short stint with completion rate of 92.61% that no other footballer can equal at such a consistent rate. Kroos’s performances at the 2014 FIFA World Cup was adored by many especially when he distributed the ball and received it was technically perfect. Surely he has plenty more progresses to come.