Now that the madness of this great World Cup is gradually fizzing out, we have decided to take a look at the best performers at this tournament.
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
Now this could have easily been Hugo Lloris, but for him gifting Mandzukic the Croats’ second goal in the final.
That and he conceded twice in the final and three against a poor Argentina side.
Right Back: Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
It was between him and Benjamin Pavard of France but he wins it because of his relentless running and forward thinking approach throughout the tournament.
Center Back: Rafael Varane (France)
What a year this man is having.
Champions League winner to World Cup winner in a little over 1 month.
He produced some assured and solid displays and also got the crucial opening goal against Uruguay.
Diego Godin (Uruguay)
This was a selection headache between him and Samuel Umtiti.
Godin showed a very high level of calmness and assuredness in the face of danger particularly in the latter stages of the game against Portugal.
Left Back: Lucas Hernandez (France)
For this particular position, he has no competition in this tournament.
Central Midfield: Ngolo Kante ( France)
Prior to this tournament, we thought we’d be putting Toni Kroos on this list.
Again, Kante is in a class of his own.
Central Midfield: Luka Modric (Croatia)
Started most games slowly but imposed himself as games progressed. Winning the trophy itself was just a step too far. Deserved Golden Ball winner as well.
Central Midfield: Paul Pogba (France)
This is the most consistent that we have seen Pogba post Juventus. He was never over elaborate and was very efficient. Got a good goal in the final as well.
Left Forward: Ivan Perisic (Croatia)
Now this was a tussle between him and Eden Hazard of Belgium.
He gets the nod because he was effective throughout the knock-out stages, also considering that him and his team had to play 3 consecutive extra-time games. Scored three very good goals as well.
Right Forward: Kylian Mbappe (France)
Mr Golden Boy.
Was very brazen and dared to take on defenders when in possession.
Did his fair bit in defending as well.
Center Forward: Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
If we had our way, we would have played with a false nine and stuck Cheryshev up there for all we cared. It was not a fantastic tournament for number 9s. Harry Kane could have easily been up there by virtue of his six goals but he was practically non-existent after the group games.
So there you have it.
Kindly share your thoughts about your own best eleven at this tournament.
by Motunrayo Abiodun