While there are differing opinions and tastes, the World Cup is widely considered to be the most important international football competition.
It can be argued that the Champions League has a higher technical level but what is clear is that there is no competition where players feel more pressure than at a World Cup.
For that reason, Real Madrid always look at the players that stand out at World Cups, it has been the case always undr Florentino Perez and also when Ramon Calderon was at helm. During the 21st century, Ronaldo was brought in after 2002, Fabio Cannavaro following 2006 and then in 2010, Real signed Mesut Ozil. Finally in 2010, Colombia’s James Rodriguez was brought to the Bernabeu.
Clearly the Madrid hierarchy are watching what is happening in Russia and what is standing out is that those who are looking strong are already playing for Los Blancos. Real saw 15 of their players go to the World Cup and they are performing strongly from Achraf to Keylor, passing by Marcelo, Casemiro, Varane, Ramos, Nacho and Kroos.
On an individual level, Cristiano Ronaldo stood out, and with his future isn’t exactly certain, he is showing that he is not dependent on his Real colleagues to perform. He has four goals at the World Cup so far and is fighting to win the Golden Boot at the tournament.
Along with Cristiano, Luka Modric has been another stand-out performer, having been a key player for Madrid in their conquest of four Champions Leagues in five years. He has two goals so far, one a penalty and the other a fine strike against Argentina.
With Spain, Isco has impressed ahead of the likes of Andres Iniesta and David Silva. In a tough moment against Iran, he led the team and took them forward.
Aside from players already at Marid then the focus has also been on those who have been linked to the club like Neymar, even though he is some way off his best form. Then there is Eden Hazard, who has been talked about as a future Real player even though there are a number of footballers at the Bernabeu like him.
Elsewhere, also on the Madrid agenda have been Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane, while a possible surprise emerging from the competition is Mexico’s Irving Chucky Lozano.