2018 fifa world cup has come to an end and if the mundial in russia has taught us anything,it is that names don’t play football anymore,popular team and names we used to see in semi-finals did not make it this time around,the likes of Brazil,Argentina,spain we all thought they would make it to the semis could not make it.
It was an enthralling tournament which kept the spectators at the edge of their seats and proved to be a fitting climax for a World Cup full of surprises.
Apart from teams that dissapointed their fans,there are some players we all thought would be a contender for the golden boot and golden ball race,the likes of Neymar,messi,suarez and ronaldo that were beaten to the award by deadly Kane and the creative monster(modric).
Who could have thought Harry kane and Luca modric could beat ronaldo and messi to win those awards?
Another takeaway from 2018 fifa world cup was that young players dominated the tournament and the list of the youngsters that ostentatiously thrilled us at the just condcluded mundial goes thus :
1.)Kylian Mbappe (19) : Topping our list today is Kylian Mbappé Lottin who is a French youngster who plays as a winger for Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team and as at the time of writting this post Kylian is the second-most expensive Footballer . Before the world cup started,many didn’t expect mbappe to perform up to this climax since he is just 19 uears old. The youngster played 7 matches , scored 4 goals and covered 51.9km. He also won the fifa young player of the year award
2.)Benjamin Pavard (22) : Benjamin Pavard is a French footballer who plays as a defender for VfB Stuttgart in Germany,this french youngster won 2018 world cup best goal award with the stunning goal he scored against Argentina in the knockout. He covered 57.4km,41 tacles,31 clearances and completed 221 passes at the mundial. No doubt Pavard is the one of the best right-backs at the mundial and we expect him to make wave even after the world cup in europe.
3.) Aleksandr Golovin (22) : Russia had their best fifa world cup performance this year as a separate entity defeating spain at the knockout after they got knocked out by croatia in the quarter final in a thrilling match which lead to penalty shoot out. Golovin was one of the vital players for Russia at the fifa world cup scoring a goal with 2 assists . Aleksandr Sergeyevich Golovin is a Russian who plays as a central midfielder for CSKA Moscow and can also play as a winger.
4.)Manuel Akanji (23) : Manuel Obafemi Akanji is a Swiss footballer who plays as a defender for Borussia Dortmund. Akanji had 285 completed passes and recovered 28 balls despite playing only 4 matches . Akanji will be a star to watch out for after the mundial
5.)Jose Gimenez (23) : No doubt Uruguay had the best defence at the 2018 fifa world cup with Atletico pairs Diego Godin and Jose gimenez as their solid wall . José María Giménez is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid. This young defender scored a goal with 157 completed passes and made 25 cleaeances
Conclusion : Yes, Mbappe and Pavard lifted the World Cup trophy on Sunday, but there have been many other youngster who gave their best but there must always be a winner. They are all winners and we hope to see them at the next mundial!!!
Thank you Russia, for hosting a truly memorable World Cup