The stocky, Kosovo-born winger faces an unsure membership future however a breakout efficiency in Russia would go away the former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan man with no scarcity of suitors.
Blessed with an impressive left foot and ample creativity, Shaqiri grew to become simply the second Swiss participant to attain a World Cup hat-trick in a Three-Zero victory over Honduras in Manaus 4 years in the past.
His penchant for the spectacular surfaced once more at Euro 2016 with a shocking overhead scissor kick towards Poland, in a last-16 sport his facet would finally lose on penalties.
However whereas an everyday in the nationwide staff since his debut simply previous to the 2010 finals in South Africa, an lack of ability to cement a beginning place at Bayern after which Inter factors to a profession that is but to achieve its apex.
At 26, the ex-Basel standout nonetheless has time on his facet however should discover the proper match along with his impending subsequent transfer to really set up himself as the “Alpine Messi”.
“The sensation that even a Ronaldinho might do little on this staff is sobering,” Shaqiri informed Swiss journal Schweizer Illustrieter in an unflattering evaluation of Stoke earlier than the membership was condemned to England’s second tier.
“Shaqiri is a participant who could make the distinction as a result of he can resolve video games on his personal,” was how former Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld described the two-time Bundesliga champion and 2013 Champions League winner at the final World Cup.
The expectations will once more be excessive for a participant with 20 targets in 68 worldwide appearances as Switzerland look to indicate their world rating of sixth is greater than only a results of shrewd planning.