The Brazilian core in the Paris St-Germain team is very crucial to the South American giant’s bid for a sixth World Cup title. Former member of the Barcelona trident Neymar, experienced leader and defender Thiago Silva, one of the best Right Backs in the world Dani Alves and then Marquinhos are four Brazilians playing in PSG and expected to feature in Russia 2018.

Back in 2006, Italy – that would now miss the 2018 tournament – won the World Cup using Juventus players majorly. Similarly, Spain used the successful Barcelona team to land the 2010 World Cup while Germany depended on Bayern Munich in the race to the 2014 triumph. Brazil might just depend on this PSG core, aside from a few experienced and talented legs from other sides, to lift the 2018 World Cup.

Germany remain favourites but the South American side have enough firepower to match them. The resurgent Brazilian side is in top form, with morale sky high. With the PSG quartet possibly arriving Russia at the back of a Ligue 1 win and a decent finish in the Champions League, they would be in top form to contribute to Brazil’s hopes.

Bookies claim only four teams are likely winners of the Champions League so the odds swing well in their favour. With Neymar gunning for his first Ballon d’Or, the World Cup winning year offers him a good chance compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

With a brilliant coach in Tite, teammates like Marcelo, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Paulinho, and Ederson, Brazil would surely pose a strong challenge in Russia.