Team of the Tournament - FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia
Here is our final and best XI of the FIFA World Cup!
WORLD CUP – Team of the Tournament
What a great World Cup we’ve had in Russia!
This tournament has been one for the ages and is definitely going to stick in the memory bank for many years to come. Shocks, excitement, VAR controversy and more – Russia 2018 had it all.
We’ve come up with our team of the tournament but as always, this is our opinion, and some will agree and other won’t. Who would you have put in?
TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT
HARRY KANE – bagged the Golden Boot award with six for the tournament. Yes, three of those were penalties but no matter which way you look at it, he topped all goal scorers for the tournament. Captained England to the semis which was huge considering no one gave them a serious chance before that.
ANTOINE GREIZMANN – the French striker scored four times in seven games and was instrumental in his work off the ball too. Drew the foul that led to the free kick in the World Cup Final, which eventually went in through an own goal.
KYLIAN MBAPPE – the 19-year-old has the world at his feet. His speed and skill caused all sorts of problems for rival defences throughout the tournament. The first teen since Pele to score in a World Cup Final and a deserving winner of the Young Player Award.
IVAN PERISIC – was one of Croatia’s best in the World Cup Final. Scored a brilliant goal to level the scores in the decider but was harshly punished for a handball inside the box too, which eventually led to a penalty for France. Had a great tournament though, scoring three times and assisting in another.
EDEN HAZARD – the Belgian proved to be one of the players of the tournament. Scored three goals and assisted twice in his side’s breathless run to the semis where they fell to eventual winners France. Bossed the midfield and was the creative spark everyone expected. The move to Real Madrid might now be on!
LUKA MODRIC – no one can deny he is a worthy winner of the Golden Ball Award. The Croatian midfielder was named the tournament’s best player and his influence was a huge reason why his side made their first ever World Cup Final.
MARCELO – could be a surprise entry for a few people, however, was Brazil’s best as far as we are concerned. Every time he touched the ball he looked dangerous. His influence was far more reaching than decorated teammates Neymar and Coutinho while he played with energy and enthusiasm throughout all four matches for Brazil.
HARRY MAGUIRE – the English centre back was one of the standouts for the Three Lions on their march to the semi finals. Scored a goal and assisted in another. May not be at Leicester for too much longer after his efforts in Russia according to reports.
SAMUEL UMTITI – had a solid tournament but really shone in the final two games. His goal was the only thing separating France and Belgium in the semi while he cleaned up quite a few Croatian attacks, especially in the first half, of the World Cup Final when Benjamin Pavard was struggling.
BENJAMIN PAVARD – hard not to be impressed with the 22-year-old during the tournament. Scored a cracking goal against Argentina and was generally very good in very game for France. Didn’t have the best of games in the Final though as Ivan Perisic clearly outpointed him but despite that, Pavard’s efforts throughout the seven games were good enough to get him a spot in our XI.
THIBAUT COURTOIS – the Belgian shot stopper almost got his team into the Final but alas, couldn’t repel the challenge of eventual winners France in the semi-final. Go back on his efforts to thwart Brazil in the quarters where he stopped wave after wave of attack. Guided his team to third place overall.