Weekly Radar (December 8, 2022) — World Cup Edition #4
Kylie Mbappé has burst onto the scene with five goals in four games. Can he claim the Golden Boot?
As the World Cup heats up, all eyes are on the top strikers vying for the coveted Golden Boot title. Pele, Maradona, Cruyff, Zidane, Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo may be legendary names, but none have claimed the Golden Boot throughout their careers.
This year, one player stands out as a strong contender: Kylian Mbappé. With five goals in just four games, Mbappé is well on track to claim the title. But he’s not alone — Bukayo Saka, Rashford, Messi, Richarlison, and Gonçalo Ramos are also in the race with three goals each, and they’re all playing for teams that could become World Champions in their own right.
The Polkamarkets community thinks Mbappé won’t pull it off, with the NO position priced at 0.589 MOVR. Indeed, his next knockout match is against England, and a premature elimination would put a damper on his hopes of taking home the Golden Boot.
One thing is certain — Kylian Mbappé started the World Cup with his right foot. But only time will tell if he can finish it with a golden boot.
Ronaldo vs. Messi: Will the World Cup give us the ultimate showdown?
As the 2022 World Cup in Qatar approaches its finale, fans are eagerly anticipating a potential showdown between superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the final. Their decade-long rivalry has captivated the world, with both players widely regarded as two of the greatest of all time.
But this World Cup is particularly significant for Ronaldo and Messi, as it could be their last chance to win the tournament before they retire. As top seeds, Portugal and Argentina didn’t meet in the group stages and both teams have qualified for the knockout rounds in opposite sides of the bracket, so they could potentially face each other on December 18 in Lusail Stadium.
This match would be a dream come true for football buffs, seeing two of the greatest players in history go head-to-head for the ultimate prize in the sport. But it won’t be easy for either team to make it to the final — they’ll have to battle their way through a grueling series of knockout rounds. And even if they do, there’s no guarantee they’ll face off on the pitch, as it will be up to their managers to line them up in the final.
Whether you’re rooting for Ronaldo or Messi, the World Cup in Qatar will be the perfect stage for these two incredible players to showcase their skills in the greatest football tournament one last time. So, on December 18, we’ll see if the football gods will grant us an early Christmas gift with the ultimate clash of these legends of the sport.
Under the Polkamarkets Radar
As the World Cup nears its end, we ponder which star player will make a move to Real Madrid.
The World Cup is the pinnacle of international football and, for clubs like Real Madrid, it is a golden opportunity to scout for new talent.
Florentino Perez, who is famous for assembling the Galácticos, has a knack for identifying players who can not only excel on the pitch but also bring commercial value to the club. In fact, many of Real Madrid’s greatest signings have come on the back of impressive performances at the World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, and James Rodriguez are just a few examples of players who shone on the international stage before joining the Spanish giants. So, who will be the next big signing for the club?
Kylian Mbappe seems destined to find himself in the white jersey of Los Merengues one day, and his stellar performance might push this move sooner than expected. Jude Bellingham is another player who has caught the eye of Real Madrid after an impressive performance in England’s 6–2 victory over Iran.
Real Madrid also has an issue in the left-back position, and Canada’s Alphonso Davies has been suggested as a potential replacement for Ferland Mendy, but it is still uncertain whether Bayern Munich would be willing to sell him. Serge Gnabry is another possible signing for the Madrid team, as potential outgoings like Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard could free up some space for attacking players in Ancelotti’s squad.
With so many potential options, a simple binary outcome market just won’t cut it. That’s why we can’t wait for Polkamarkets V2. The next iteration of the Protocol will support multiple outcomes, allowing forecasters to help us look into a future with broader perspectives.
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