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Since we always have the best players in a World Cup, we should have a worst eleven.


Regardless of your answer, let’s get into it then.

Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Spain)

Spain had a poor tournament, so did De Gea.

We all know his stats in this World Cup; along the lines of 30 goals conceded from 31 shots on target, if extrapolated properly.

That and also the fact that he let a very cheap goal in for Ronaldo’s second against Portugal.

Right Back: Joshua Kimmich (Germany)

If you walked in on a Germany game at this World Cup, you would have thought that Kimmich was a striker at times.

That was how poor his positioning was.

Center Back: Jerome Boateng (Germany)

Sometimes he just thought he was Franz Beckenbauer.

He was not.

Then he got himself sent off against Sweden.

Centre Back: Gerard Pique (Spain)

This was a tight one to choose between Pique and Sergio Ramos, his center back pairing in Spain.

We remember Ramos’ error leading to Boutaib’s goal for Morocco but who can forget Pique waving his hands (to Shakira presumably) in the penalty box, causing a penalty?

Left Back: Marvin Plattenhardt (Germany)

Why did he start against Jonas Hector in the first game?

Mr. Löw has a lot to answer.

Central Midfield: Sami Khedira (Germany)

Now there’s no other way to say this.

Sami Khedira had a miserable World Cup.

Getting subbed off in the first game after 60 minutes says a lot.

Not appearing in the second game, a must win for your team, speaks volumes and getting subbed off in the third game on the 60 minute again.


Central Midfield: Enzo Perez (Argentina)

He offered absolutely nothing for Argentina going forward considering the fact that he was meant to replace Manuel Lanzini.

Maybe he was just surprised that he got the nod ahead of Banega, Biglia and co.

Attacking Midfield: Mesüt Òzil (Germany)

We always see the best of Òzil whenever he puts on the Germany jersey.

Not at this World Cup.

Forward: Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina)

Yes, he started one game but he had a lot of time to influence games, if not from the beginning, but from the bench.

This is not the first time that he’s taken some stick on international level.

Forward: Gabriel Jesus (Brazil)

We first wondered why he got the nod ahead of Firmino.

We are still wondering why long after Brazil had been knocked out.

He had no influence in most games, had poor movement and his link-up play could have been way better.

So, there we have it.

Our golden dustbin team of the tournament.


by Motunrayo Abiodun