The one we’ve all been waiting for is here and Stake.com sat down with Argentina legend and brand ambassador Sergio Aguero to talk through the tournament, the key teams and players to look out for and line up some winning tips!
Have we ever gone into a tournament that looks so wide open before? Who are the countries you feel are the serious contenders to win, and why?
Argentina, first. They look to have a complete team, and their unbeaten run is unbelievable. What would it take to beat them?
There is not much talk about them as potential winners - does that surprise you? Are theybeing underestimated in Europe?
You know Leo so well - what would it really mean to him and your country if he can finish off his international career leading them to World Cup glory?
Would such a success see Leo rival Diego Maradona as the national hero and icon in Argentina?
Brazil, now. Neymar looks in his peak while Vinicius Jr has arrived as a world star. Has anyone else got the attacking power to match them?
When you look at all the teams, is the way to success in Qatar for teams to actually go outand win matches with attacking football? Will more conservative teams be able to compete?
Which brings us onto England. On paper they look to have an exciting young squad - but are they allowed by Gareth Southgate to go out and play with freedom? Is this holding them back?
England’s central midfield looks strong. How highly do you rate Declan Rice as a player compared to the likes of Busquets, Rodri and Casemiro? Is he overrated by English fans and media or is he genuinely a world class player?
And in Jude Bellingham, there is another really talented young player. Can Bellingham and Rice be the anchor for success for England?
Of the other European nations, Belgium, Germany, France and Spain seem the best equipped. But how big a loss is Paul Pogba for France? Does that seriously damage their chances?
Jamal Musiala looks to have it all playing for Bayern in Germany. Is he a future world star?
Cristiano Ronaldo has been Portugal’s inspiration for so long. But is he at the same level now to deliver across a whole tournament? Has his form at United suggested he is now not the man to fear?
Your former Manchester City teammate Kevin De Bruyne will be Belgium’s key player and he looks to be one of the favourites for the Ballon D’Or at this early stage. Do you see them as contenders or did they maybe miss their chance in 2018 with that fantastic squad?
Pedri was one of the stars of EURO 2020 and now has another year of experience with Barcelona, who also have Gavi in the Spain squad, how big an impact can those two young prodigies have and how far can La Roja go?
Time for your predictions now, and no sitting on the fence! Who do you think will win the World Cup, and why?
Who wins the Golden Boot? There are plenty of big names to choose from…
And another that didn’t perform so well, plays more matches and has more chances. Hopefully it will be Leo Messi though! Who do you think is the young player who will make the world sit up and take note during this tournament? Foden? Musiala?
Who do you think will be the surprise package?
If England fail to reach the semi-finals, would that be a failure given the squad they have?