Wendie Renard – France
In soccer, defending is very important for teams looking to win knockout tournaments. Wendie Renard is one of the most consistent performers in the world, and the fact she’s a key member of Lyon’s defense says it all.
Lyon is seen as the leading club team in soccer, and Renard makes defending look easy. She has already helped France keep two clean sheets in the group stage, and if she keeps performing, they could emulate the men’s team by lifting the World Cup.
Daniëlle van de Donk – Netherlands
This Dutch midfielder can control any game she’s involved in. Her contributions in the middle of the field will be vital if the Netherlands are going to go far in the tournament. When van de Donk is in form, she can look a class above the rest of the players, and she’ll be pivotal to any success the Netherlands have. The Netherlands won the Women’s Euro 2017 and know what it takes to win a major tournament thanks to players like Daniëlle van de Donk.
Almuth Schult – Germany
Schult is regarded by many soccer fans as one of the best goalkeepers in the women’s game. She is an imposing figure in goal, and there aren’t many shots that make it past the German keeper. This is her first World Cup, and if she performs well, she’ll help Germany go far. Not only is she a great player to have in regular time, but she’s a penalty-saving expert.
Alex Morgan – USA
The legendary American striker just loves scoring goals. The USA are favorites to win the World Cup, and they’ll be relying on Morgan’s goals to keep them in contention the whole way through. Morgan didn’t waste time racing to the top of the scoring charts, and after just 90 minutes, she’d scored five goals.
The Women’s World Cup is a celebration of soccer, and these players are the ones expected to light up the field with the eyes of the world on the tournament.