Four European giants collide this summer as the International Champions Cup brings Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus and Inter to China and Singapore.
The Premier League duo face off in Shanghai while Inter and Juventus take the Derby d’Italia in front of a completely new audience in Nanjing. While in the Singapore National Stadium, Manchester United clash with Inter and Juventus come up against Tottenham.
Along with big name coaches Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Mauricio Pochettino, Massimilano Allegri and Luciano Spalletti, the four teams will bring a host of world-class stars with them to China.
Here, we take a look at some of the megastars who could potentially feature in China and Singapore during the 2019 International Champions Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
He’s vied for the title of best in the world with Lionel Messi for well over a decade now but even at 34, the legendary forward shows no signs of slowing down.
Ronaldo’s remarkable a hat-trick against Atlético de Madrid in the UEFA Champions League last-16, single-handedly overturning a first-leg deficit, ensured Juventus completed a historic comeback at the expense of Diego Simeone’s men.
A global sensation, Ronaldo surpassed 600 club career goals this season and is one of only ten players to have won the European Cup on five occasions. He is, however, the first on that list to have done so with two clubs and the competition’s all-time leading scorer.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
At one time he was the world’s most expensive player. A midfield general for Manchester United, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner is one member of an exclusive club of players to have completed the double-double during the 2018/19 season – scoring ten or more goals and assisting ten or more times.
Pogba rejoined United from Juventus in the summer of 2016, becoming the world’s most expensive player at $117million, just four years after leaving Old Trafford to move to Turin on a free transfer when his contract expired.
A one-man midfield on occasion, he’s capable of the sublime and unexpected. Those who get to watch him live are in for a treat.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
A FIFA World Cup and a two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner, Kane is still only 25 years old and nowhere near his peak.
The Tottenham forward has been plundering goals in the English top flight for five seasons now and has more than 160 strikes to his name already, making him one of the most-feared marksmen operating in world soccer today.
Alan Shearer’s total of 260 Premier League goals is in serious danger of being eclipsed by the England forward if he carries on scoring at such a rate – the smart money says he’ll continue doing just that.
Lautaro Martínez (Inter)
The 21-year-old lit up the 2018 International Champions Cup with a stunning strike against Atlético de Madrid, announcing himself to Inter fans in the process.
Martínez has since made his Serie A debut for Inter and has weighed in with several vital contributions during the 2018/19 season.
Having used last summer's tournament to bed in following his arrival from Argentine side Racing Club, Martínez could use the 2019 International Champions Cup to show why he’s one of the most highly rated young forwards in soccer today.
Heung-min Son (Tottenham Hotspur)
The 26-year-old South Korea international is one of Mauricio Pochettino’s most reliable players.
Signed from Hamburg during the summer of 2015 for a fee believed to be in the region of $35million, making him the most expensive Asian player, he’s scored ten or more goals in three of his four Premier League campaigns.
Versatile, quick and unpredictable, Son has it all and it's why he’s one of the most productive and effective wide forwards in world soccer today. He entered the Tottenham Hotspur history books when he became the first player to score at their new stadium in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League
Miralem Pjanić (Juventus)
The playmaker is the one who makes things happen for Juventus. The orchestrator of coach Max Allegri’s symphony and the man to supply the ammunition to Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandžukić and Moise Kean.
The 29-year-old plays like he has eyes in the back of his head. Watching him effortlessly ping the ball around the pitch is akin to watching a master artist at work.
Signed from AS Roma in the summer of 2016, the Bosnian maestro is also a mean set-piece taker and, when able to wrestle the ball from Ronaldo, specialises in scoring free-kicks.
Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)
The Belgian forward may only be 25 but he’s already in the top 20 for Premier League goals. He’s netted more than Chelsea legend Didier Drogba and is quickly closing in on Dutchman Robin van Persie’s record in the English top flight.
Lukaku has struck 20 or more in four of the last five seasons and the $90million summer 2018 signing has an exceptional record for United, averaging a goal nearly every other game.
Surprisingly quick given his hulking frame, the Belgian international burst onto the scene as a teenager at Anderlecht. Since then he’s scored reliably in England’s top flight with West Bromwich Albion, Everton and now Manchester United, bullying numerous defenders along the way.
Radja Nainggolan (Inter)
The all-action Belgian midfielder has long been one of Serie A’s best and, last summer, swapped AS Roma for Inter after four seasons in the capital.
Born in Antwerp to a Belgian mother of Flemish ethnicity, Nainggolan moved to Italy in 2005 to embark on a professional career in soccer with Piacenza. Nicknamed ‘Il Ninja’ due to his rambunctious style, the 31-year-old gradually climbed the ladder, turning out for Cagliari before joining Roma in 2014.
After four years with the Giallorossi, he moved to San Siro for a reported fee of $42.6million in the summer with Davide Santon and Nicolò Zaniolo moving in the opposite direction. A goal on his Serie A debut quickly underlined what Nainggolan was about and he has been a regular for Spalletti’s side in his maiden season in Milan.