As the World Cup enters the later stages, the stars take center stage, and even with Spain, Portugal Y Brazil getting knocked out before the semi-finals, that’s still true this year. Some of the tournament’s remaining stars aren’t household names yet, but that could change this week with some special performances.
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10 Aurélien Tchouaméni (France)
In the absence of N’Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba, 22-year-old Aurélien Tchouaméni has taken the reins of France’s midfield, playing a team-high 411 minutes in five starts and completing 93.2% of the 335 passes, the maximum of the tournament. tried. Every team needs an engine, and Tchouaméni is the one from France.
9. Achraf Hakimi (Morocco)
No one has completed more tackles at this year’s World Cup than Hakimi. He’s also among the tournament leaders in interceptions with seven; the only players with more are Aurélien Tchouaméni (France), Luka Modrić (Croatia) and Joško Gvardiol; of those players, only Hakimi is a fullback.
8. rodrigo de paul (Argentina)
Argentina’s midfield have been criticized for not having much creativity outside of Lionel Messi, but De Paul has shown the importance of a midfielder willing to do the dirty work at the World Cup. He has covered the most ground (32.5 miles), completed the most passes (436) and intercepted the most passes. Without him, Argentina’s style of play doesn’t work.
7. Marcelo Brozóvic (Croatia)
Against Japan in the round of 16, Brozović broke his own distance run record by running 10.3 miles. Since the tournament began, he has run 44.6 miles on the court at an average of 8.9 miles per game, all while leading the team in set-piece completions leading to shot attempts (10). He is a workhorse.
6. Sofia Amrabat (Morocco)
Since the start of the knockout phase, Amrabat has faced some of the best midfielders in the world and has held his own; in some cases, he has surpassed them. As he is only 26, you can be sure there will be a market for him in the January transfer window. Ambarat currently plays for mid-table Serie A side Florentina.
5. Dominik Livakovic (Croatia)
morocco goalkeeper Yassine “Bono” Bonou he has more clean sheets than the remaining goalkeepers, and has won the Man of the Match award on two separate occasions, but make no mistake: there is a huge gap between Dominik Livaković and the rest of the field. For context, Livaković has saved 19 goals with a save percentage of 86.4%; Bono has saved five goals with an 80% save percentage. Without a doubt, Livaković is the best goalkeeper left in the tournament.
Four. Olivier Giroud (France)
Olivier Giroud, France’s all-time top scorer, hasn’t stopped adding to his tally. In four matches, the 36-year-old has scored four goals, one off the lead. His partner Kylian Mbappé has five. No other team has two players with three goals.
3. Luka modric (Croatia)
Modrić leading Croatia to the World Cup final in 2018 was impressive; to do it again with an almost entirely new team at the age of 37 is a triumph unlike anything we’ve seen at the World Cup. His playstyle is timeless, and his teammates are better for it. No one has broken Croatia’s defensive line more than Modrić (132 times).
two. kylian mbappe (France)
If this were a list of the top 10 players in the World Cup, Kylian Mbappé would be number 1. At 23, He is already one of the best World Cup players of all time., his tournament-leading five goals are one of the main reasons France’s dream of becoming the third repeat champions in history is closer to coming true. But the France team is so stacked that they would still be favorites without Mbappé. He is vital to the success of his team, but no more so than the number 1 player.
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1. Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Teams plan for Messi differently than they do for Mbappé because Messi sits deeper in midfield and, at the age of 35, he’s nowhere near the athlete that Mbappé is, but they still plan for him. Meticulously. Aggressively. And yet, Messi continues to find a way to make the key pass or the opportune goal. He is the reason Argentina is close to reaching its second final in the last three World Cups, and his teammates wouldn’t dare argue otherwise.