It’s that time again when the ‘quadrennium’ rolls around, where all the nations from around the world compete every four years to determine who’s best at playing the lovely game called football. As the finals are upon us, I can’t imagine there being a better time to reflect upon the past month.
It’s been a weird World Cup, for sure. Some of the tournaments highest ranked teams were eliminated pretty early on, which left room for some underdogs to perform better than expected. And yes, we’ve had some players on both ends of that spectrum that have gone above and beyond their natural talents and have livened up the World Cup for us. Let’s take a look at some of these players.
It’s hard to get past the Real Madrid midfielder this World Cup. The only thing he’s done wrong is taking penalties, but apart from that he’s been playing his games at the highest level and he’s a big part of the reason why Croatia made it so far.
The Belgian has been the only one on his team (except for Courtois) to perform on his level each and to do so consistently every match. Sadly it wasn’t enough to get past France. He kinda fizzled and never kept trying.
I know what you’re thinking – he was eliminated very early on in the tournament. It’s hard to deny he made an impact though, scoring a hattrick against Spain (before we knew Spain was having a bad tournament) in his opening game. Every bit of danger Portugal created was made by this man.
Spain was a major letdown this tournament. Yes, their loss against Russia was subpar in every way. But the one good player on the pitch for Spain, was really good. Isco was beautiful to watch, created lots of chances and fought for every ball. Amazing player.