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Everything You Must Know before the World Cup Kicks Off

Awards:

World Cup is all about the team game, the combined efforts to achieve the eventual success. But in that fight, the individual brilliance is never ignored by FIFA. With a number of individual awards, there is much more on the line to win than just the Final of the tournament.

Golden Boot is awarded to the player who scores most goals in the World Cup. And you know what happened with 2014 Golden Boot winner, right? He was immediately signed by Real Madrid for €70m. Yes, we are talking about James Rodriguez. So who can win the Golden Boot in 2018? Check out our picks for the award.

The image of Leo Messi receiving the Golden Ball award with grim on his face in 2014 has become famous now. Messi was awarded the Golden Ball for being the Best player in the tournament. And surprisingly, in the last few years, the winner of Golden Ball has failed to lift the World Cup. Will it change this year? Who are the favorites to win the Golden Ball? 

In 2017-18 we have seen some serious performances from the goalkeepers. Therefore, despite the absence of Gigi Buffon, we can expect a brilliant exhibition of goalkeeping in Russia. So out of a number of quality goalkeepers who have a price tag of almost €100m in the transfer market, who will win the Golden Glove award?

And finally, this World Cup is not just about Messi and Ronaldo. It is also about the players who, in their 20s have shown the world what they are capable of. These youngsters are the future of football. But for the time being, which of them will shine the brightest at the World Cup? Who will be the best Young Player in Russia?

The World Cup will kick off with Russia vs Saudi Arabia match tonight in Moscow, but not before a beautiful opening ceremony which will take place half an before the game. Here is everything you need to know about the Opening Ceremony.

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