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Age on Sunday

Cristiano Ronaldo

Last chance saloon for CR7 and Messi

Although Lionel Messi is two years younger than Cristiano Ronaldo, it would be difficult for him to carry on until 2022 if he falls short in Russia.

Thibaut Courtois

Espana heart, Messi Fan!

FC Goa forward, and former Espanyol man Coro delves deeper into the games at the World cup.

Young guns to be hitmen

We introduce a bunch of such brilliant young players who are essential to their teams’ chances at the 2018 World Cup.

Watch out for the dark horses

Fluent, open and expressive Belgium are the team to keep an eye on in Russia.

Dad, bro, young, old

Players trying to emulate their fathers at football’s biggest stage, siblings playing alongside — the Cup overflows with emotion.

All gung-ho for doosri country

Though a cricket crazy country, football has traditionally enjoyed maddening support in pockets, particularly West Bengal, Goa and Kerala.

The coach doth shine

The Brazilian took over from Dunga, and has turned a wonderful group of individuals into a strong unit who function well.

The first ladies of footie

Here’s a peek at the lovely ladies of the beautiful game’s iconic men.

Russia would miss Azzurri & Oranje

The 2018 World Cup would be infinitely poorer in the absence of the three nations that provide gravitas, adventurism and colour to the event.

Coach factory

Tite has won only one big title at the international stage — the FIFA Club World Cup in 2012 with Brazilian side Corinthians.

Get ready for VAR

The 2018 World Cup in Russia will herald a technological first — a Video Assistant Referee (VAR).