Belgium's Romalu Lukaku: My game is about more than scoring goals

Dean Simpson
July 9, 2018

"We will need power", Belgium's coach Roberto Martinez said in what could be a hint towards his intentions.

Neymar scored his 56th and 57th worldwide goals during the tournament in Russian Federation. Only Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico, who were knocked out in the round of 16 by Brazil, has had more saves in the 2018 World Cup with 24.

This will be the first World Cup in 12 years, and just the fifth overall, with all four semi-finalists from one confederation.

Neymar has admitted that suffering elimination from the World Cup with Brazil was the "saddest moment of my career" and claims he is having a hard time "finding the strength to play again". Its team of seasoned, well-travelled players, with big-name stars who play for big clubs, is making a compelling argument that experience is a cornerstone to success on football's biggest stage.

Also striking: the final four teams are all European.

Compelling, that is, until one considers the counter-examples of France and England.

Elsewhere in the other game, the Golden Generation of Belgium continued to prove their mettle at the highest stage as they ousted a domineering Brazil team out of the FIFA World Cup underway in Russian Federation. I want, from the heart, to return to them all and to thank them.

After that Brazil fell apart, losing the semi final to Germany 7-1 and then the third place play-off to Netherlands as well.

But France feel Henry will be happy with any outcome on Tuesday. With only one loss under him, the five-time world champions arrived in Russian Federation among the main title favorites.

"At Barcelona, he evolved a lot and he nearly reached the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi".

"A player can be very good, spectacular even, but they will never be like Pele because he has no heir".

After the Friday, July 6th devastating 2×1 loss to Belgium, Brazil has been dealing with disappointment as their 2018 World Cup dreams were dashed.

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