LetsRUMBL FIFA World Cup Picks: The best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be

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LetsRUMBL FIFA World Cup Picks: The best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be  

The FIFA World Cup is in full swing. Thirty-two teams are currently competing in the group stage for the right to play in the knockout round. Millions of people around the world are tuning into the World Cup on television. Plenty of those fans watching are also playing FIFA World Cup daily fantasy sports.   

This week will see the second round of group stage matches. DFS players have three unbelievable talents that must be included in their fantasy picks.  

Wednesday June 20  

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal vs. Morocco  

LetsRUMBL average: 50.6  

Cristiano Ronaldo had scored just three World Cup goals in his Portugal national team career prior to this year's tournament. Those three goals came in three different editions of the FIFA World Cup. Ronaldo had greatly disappointed on the World Cup stage in years past.  

Yet, cometh the hour, cometh the man, as Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Portugal's first match of the competition in Russia. Playing against Spain, Ronaldo put in a performance more akin to his club soccer playing than his international production.   

Not only did Ronaldo score three exquisite goals for Portugal, but he was at the heart of everything the team did. The Portuguese are a top international soccer nation, but compared to the likes of Brazil, Spain, and Germany, Portugal is on the next tier of tournament hopefuls.  

Portugal will play Morocco in game two. The Moroccans were beaten by a last-minute own goal against Iran in game one. Morocco had difficulty scoring against Iran and against a better Portuguese team, they should struggle even more. Ronaldo will be able to unlock Morocco's defense with passes. Based on the Real Madrid forward's form, he is likely to get a goal as well.

Thursday June 21  

Lionel Messi, Argentina vs. Croatia

LetsRUMBL average: 44 points  

If Argentina is going to win the FIFA World Cup, then it will need Lionel Messi to lead the team through the tournament. Argentina relies heavily on Messi. So much so, that the rest of the team struggles and players stand around waiting for the forward to create when in possession.

Argentina drew its first match against Iceland. The Argentines should have won, but sloppy defending and poor finishing cost them all three points. Now, Argentina is in a must-win match against Croatia. The Croatians won comfortably on matchday one against Nigeria. Argentina will have its hands full.  

Messi has continually stepped up on big occasions. Argentina almost missed this summer's World Cup due to an atrocious qualifying campaign. Thanks to Messi's hat-trick on the final day of qualifying, however, Argentina made it to Russia. Argentina will need another heroic performance from Messi against Croatia. If Argentina loses, the team will be on the verge of elimination.  

Friday June 22

Neymar, Brazil vs. Costa Rica

LetsRUMBL average: 43.75

Brazil threw away a 1-0 lead in its first World Cup match to draw 1-1 with Switzerland. The Swiss stymied the Brazilians for much of the 90 minutes. Brazil's goal came from a wonder-strike from Philippe Coutinho. Yet poor defending allowed Switzerland to score.  

The Brazilians need a win on matchday two against Costa Rica. Neymar will have pressure on his shoulders to deliver all three points for the team. Neymar was frustrated by the Swiss, who hacked him down whenever they had the opportunity. Costa Rica may allow Neymar more space than the Swiss did. Giving Neymar more area to move into will allow the player to pick out teammates with passes or to score goals.  

Neymar's frustration in game one was apparent and his chances to score were few and far between. However, Costa Rica's defense won't be quite as stout as Switzerland's rearguard. The Ticos showed plenty of vulnerability against Serbia and Neymar will be able to exploit holes in the Central Americans. Brazil should fare much better against Costa Rica in match two. DFS players should also reap the rewards of a big performance from Neymar.