The UEFA Champions League is the competitive tournament in the world. The 32 club teams from across Europe feature the top players from every corner of the world. World Soccer Shop takes a look at some of the must watch players. The ones who will make the difference for their team as they play for the title.
Memphis Depay, Manchester United – Memphis Depay made a high-profile move from PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United this summer, and as it turns out, United and PSV have been drawn into the same group together. The 21 year-old will face off against his former team in Group B on two occasions, and should his newest club progress to the knockout round, the young winger will surely be looking to impress on Europe’s biggest stage with one of Europe’s biggest teams. Memphis and the rest of the United squad will wear their newest Adidas kit that sports black and orange colors on away nights in Europe.
Ángel Di María – Ángel Di María is looking to reestablish himself at his new club Paris Saint-Germain. The attacking midfielder will have his work cut out for him when facing his former club Madrid in the group stage, but he’ll be sure to make a serious impact when his side face off against Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo. Look for Di María in PSG’s newest Champions League kit, the Dark Light Kit.
Javier Hernandez – Javier Hernandez endured a rough a spell at Madrid that saw the young Mexican dip in and out of the side. Now with Bayern Leverkusen, Hernandez has a great chance to reignite his career. He’ll have his work cut out for him, as Leverkusen has been draw into a group consisting of both Barcelona and Roma, but it’s nothing Chicharito will believe he can’t do.
Olivier Giroud – It’s no secret Olivier Giroud has had his critics during his tenure at Arsenal. The big Frenchman arguably has been put in a group stage he’s capable of silencing those critics in. Arsenal has Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb in their group, and the forward will be feeling like he can get the job done against both those sides. Having already scored on Bayern Munich in the Champions league for the Gunners, Giroud will have one eye on making a statement against the German giants as well. Olivier Giroud has the skillset to take his team far, but will he make use of it?
Radamel Falcao – Radamel Falcao was an absolute star during his time at Atletico Madrid. Now, the Colombian has something to prove after his loan to Manchester United yielded little. Now with Chelsea, the prolific striker will be hoping to make a huge goal scoring impact in the Premier League and the Champions League. Group Stage match ups with Dynamo Kyiv and Tel Aviv might help him do just that. Look for Radamel in Chelsea’s new black and white third kit.
Kevin De Bruyne – At the end of a long-winded and winding transfer saga, Kevin De Bruyne found himself finally at Manchester City. His move was arguably one of the most followed and highest-profiled of the summer, and the Belgian has gone straight into City’s starting eleven. He’ll face a tough group, but his creativity and vision should prove vital for the blue side of Manchester.
Paul Pogba – Paul Pogba and followers of Juventus were forced to spend much of the summer sweating over a possible transfer. The young starlet has stayed with his club for another year despite being a heavily watched and sought-after midfielder. His club has been drawn into a group with no easy games, and Pogba will have to be focused to stop the offensive firepower that each one brings. When you watch Pogba, you watch one of the world’s biggest stars. You also might get to see him in solid black with gold trim in Juve’s new European away kit.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Cristiano Ronaldo is a player you have to watch whenever you get the chance, but this year’s Champions League campaign offers more compelling reasons. There’s the chance to find out if he can get the job done against opposition he hasn’t faced before. There’s also the chance to see him and Lionel Messi battle it out for the Champion’s League all-time leading goal scorer spot. And lastly, you can see him in brand new colors as he sports Real Madrid’s latest third kit, a dark blue with a light blue trim.
Lionel Messi – Never pass up the chance to watch Lionel Messi. This season the little Argentine is poised to wage war with Cristiano Ronaldo for the title of the highest scoring Champions league player ever. Both players are sitting on 77 goals in the competition and both will be bagging them consistently for their respective clubs. Who will score more?