#9. Dries Mertens
Dries Mertens plays as a striker or winger for Italian club Napoli and the Belgium national team.
Belgium scored nine goals in their three group games, more than any other country, and forward Dries
Mertens has joked that he was motivated by more than just winning the World Cup. Mertens said that
friends back home were counting on him to help the team hit a target of 16 goals to make good on a
retailer’s special Russia 2018 promotion. The Napoli player said that a Belgian electrical chain was offering to reimburse people who bought a television for the World Cup – if the team score more than 15 goals.