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The 2018 FIFA World Cup is still a few months away but the excitement is already reaching sky high. World’s best footballers will face each other over a period of one month in Russia starting from June 14th in order to decide who is the best footballing country in the world. With the FIFA World Cup, you are never short on goals, players like Klose and Brazilian Ronaldo have made the previous editions sparkle with their talent and skills. This year again our hopes will be on some of the superstars of the game to showcase what a beautiful game football is. Here, we look at 5 players who have the most assists in FIFA World Cup history.
5 players with most assists in FIFA World Cup history:
Thomas Muller – 4
Along with scoring 10 goals in just 13 appearances at the World Cup, German international Thomas Muller has also managed to earn 4 assists (joint most assists in FIFA World Cup) during that same time frame. The 28-year-old has produced some stunning performances at the World Cup and is tipped to surpass Klose’ record of 16 goals if he can manage to keep himself fit. Germany will enter the tournament as one of the favourites and Muller’s performance will be very key for them.
Bastian Schweinsteiger – 4
Schweinsteiger retired from the international game in August 2016 but that wasn’t before he had played a huge hand in helping Germany lift the World Cup in 2014. The German legend is one of the most talented players to have played in that central midfield role, a position he has excelled in whether it is at the club level or the international level. The 33-year-old might be in the twilight zone of his career now but there is no doubting the fact that his ability to pick that killer pass from the back was second to none, as Bastian was on the giving end of the joint most assists in FIFA World Cup history.
Juan Cuadrado – 4
Playing at his first World Cup in his home continent, Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado couldn’t have asked for a better tournament. His 4 assists (joint most assists in FIFA World Cup history) spread over the duration of Columbia’s stay in the tournament helped the team reach the quarter-final stage where they were defeated by Brazil. The 29-year-old is a fantastic player who has the ability to run with the ball, while also having an eye to pick out gaps in the opposition’s defence. He will definitely carry a lot of the creative burden again for his country in this year’s World Cup in Russia.
Lionel Messi – 4
No one is surprised to see Lionel Messi on this list, a player who is probably the greatest scorer ever, who also has the joint most assists in FIFA World Cup history. Messi enjoyed a brilliant 2014 World Cup where he scored 4 goals and got himself one assist. However, the little magician couldn’t take his team over the final hurdle as Argentina succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Germany in the Final. However, 2018 Russia, gives Messi another opportunity at having a crack at the only trophy that he has not managed to win as a professional career and one which could define him to eternity.
Michael Ballack – 3
Before the likes of Kroos and Ozil took over the German mid-field it was Michael Ballack who was the focal point of the team and the chief creator in terms of goals, scoring the fifth most assists in FIFA World Cup. The 41-year-old had a career spamming 98 international matches in which he managed to score 42 goals.
He scored two very crucial goals in the quarter-final and semi-final of the 2002 FIFA World Cup to take his country into the final. Even though Ballack did everything he could in his power to win the World Cup, his dream was never fulfilled but he would have been mighty pleased to see the new look German team winning the prestigious trophy in 2010.