Reus tipped to outshine Messi, Ronaldo & Salah star of World Cup by Cacau

Having missed out with injury four years ago, Cacau expects the Germany's attacker to be a big hit at the tournament in Russia

Stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah may be seen by most as the big stars to watch at the World Cup, but former Germany international Cacau has backed Marco Reus to shine brightest on his debut at the tournament,

Borussia Dortmund forward Reus missed out on the last finals after suffering an ankle injury in a warm-up match, watching on as his Germany team-mates won the World Cup.

But the 29-year-old is back in the squad and back in form ahead of the tournament in Russia, prompting Cacau to suggest he can make a big impact and win the Golden Ball.

"Marco Reus is the player of the tournament, for me," he told T-Online. "He is an absolutely top international player, who can dribble, is extremely fast and very strong in the final third.

"I am pleased that Reus is finally able to experience his first World Cup and I hope he stays in shape, which would mean a huge improvement in quality for the team."

Reus was selected ahead of Manchester City star Leroy Sane, despite making only 11 Bundesliga appearances this season.

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As the current Ballon d'Or holder and entering the tournament off the back of another Champions League win with Real Madrid, big things are expected of Ronaldo this summer.

And while Cacau sees the 33-year-old as a big threat, he feels his team may late him down.

"I think he has already won the maximum for Portugal at Euro 2016 - he has won the title for his nation," he added. "That's what makes him a top player. But Ronaldo is also dependent on his team-mates and I do not think Portugal has the quality to make a big impact."

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