Top 5 footballers going into the Olympics 2020
Even though the European Championships and Copa America are gone, the Tokyo Olympics are still hosting a spectacular summer of football.
Brazil travels to Japan with the goal of defending their gold medal, having finished in the top three in each of the previous three Olympics. Spain, Germany, and France, on the other hand, have all fielded good teams in the competition.
The Olympics gives up-and-coming talents the chance to show the world what they’re capable of, while veterans may strut their stuff one last time before pushing the next generation forward, with teams made up of youthful players bolstered by three overage stars.
So, who are the most intriguing players in the men’s Olympic football event this summer?
5. Florian Thauvin (France) (28 years old)
It’s not often that a 28-year-old World Cup winner appears at the Olympic Games, but after falling out of favour with France’s senior team, Florian Thauvin will now help lead a young French squad in Tokyo this summer. Thauvin just switched from Marseille to Tigres in Mexico, and most will be familiar with his ability to rip open opposing defences and curl in world-class goals for himself. If France is to be successful in Tokyo, Thauvin appears to be a major player.
4. Amad Diallo (Ivory Coast) (19 years old)
When you’re a youngster, joining Manchester United for a cost in excess of £20 million, you’re under a lot of pressure, but Amad Diallo doesn’t seem to mind.
“To tell you the truth, I am never afraid of playing,” Diallo said about his Premier League debut against Leicester in May. “That has always been my strength, never being afraid to play.
With that in mind, Diallo is unlikely to be fazed by the thought of competing at the Olympics, and his pace and skill will be crucial to the Ivory Coast’s prospects of winning a medal. Fans of Manchester United will undoubtedly be watching the Olympics with heightened interest.
3. Richarlison (Brazil) (24 years old)
Richarlison played seven times for Brazil at the Copa America this summer, scoring once and helping his country to the final, where they lost to Argentina. However, the Everton forward — who has 33 goals in 105 Premier League games for the Toffees — will have another chance to lead Brazil to Olympic triumph, with the Selecao attempting to defend their Gold Medal from five years ago in Rio. According to reports, Carlo Ancelotti has recently approached a former player about a move to Real Madrid, thus the Olympics could serve as yet another platform for him to showcase his abilities to Madrid’s higher-ups.
2. Dani Alves (Brazil) (38 years old)
Sure, at 38, there’s a chance we may not see Dani Alves tearing up the touchline as he did during his Barcelona days this summer. But he is a player who has won more titles than any other player in football history, with 42 to his record. That alone makes the idea of his winning an Olympic Gold Medal all the more intriguing, and most neutrals will almost certainly be pulling for him. What a role model for this young Brazilian team.
1. Pedri (Spain) (18 years old)
Nobody can deny Pedri’s placement in the official Euro 2020 Best XI, but achieving that feat at the age of 18 is simply remarkable. The teenager’s most astounding achievement came during Spain’s semi-final match against Italy when he completed all 55 of his passes in 90 minutes.
Following a spectacular breakout season with Barcelona and a run to the Euro final four, capturing Olympic Gold would just add to the buzz surrounding this incredibly talented playmaker.
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