The 2018 FIFA World Cup was a spectator’s delight as well as the perfect tournament that made your heart skip a beat. We can’t wait until the next round in Qatar in 2022, but until then, here are the highlights from this year’s tournament.
- 69 goals from 64 matches and only 1 goalless draw
- A total of 9 goals were scored in the world cup after the 90th-minute mark, which is the most so far in the history
- The defending champions Germany were knocked out early and so were the heavyweights like Spain, Portugal and Argentina
France reigned supreme and edged out Croatia 4-2 in the final. The final in Moscow saw an own goal, a penalty through the Video Referee and many more crazy moments including a major mistake from champions French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
1 – There was just one goalless draw at the 2018 World Cup (France vs Denmark), the fewest at any World Cup tournament since 1954, when there were none. Entertained. #WorldCup #FRA pic.twitter.com/GZmr03YSUh
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 15, 2018
Superstars like Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo were denied the glory as many young stars emerged at this world cup. Here is our pick of the best 5 future stars from this tournament
5. Hirving Lozano – Mexico
Lozano stunned the world when he scored the only goal as Mexico beat defending champions Germany 1-0 in the first game of Group F. That was the only goal scored by the 22-year-old but what caught everyone’s attention was the pace. Lozano is on Dutch side PSV Eindhoven’s roster and is attracting major interest from Premier League Clubs. The Mexican can command anything over 30 Million Euros from clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea.
4. Benjamin Pavard – France
22-year-old Benjamin Pavard scored a stunning goal against Argentina in the Round of 16 but that wasn’t the only reason why he features on this list. The right back from VfB Stuttgart was one of the strongest pillars in France’s defence. He was called up to play for the national side in November last year and since then the curly-haired defender has cemented his berth. Expect him to be the centre of attention from clubs like Real Madrid & Bayern Munich,
3. Aleksandr Golovin – Russia
The 22-year-old from Russia was tipped to be a potential star at the World Cup and he didn’t disappoint. In the opening game against Saudi Arabia, a blitz from Golovin ensured that the scoreboard read 5-0. A stunning free-kick goal and 2 assists meant that the CSKA Moscow midfielder suddenly became the toast of the nation. Premier League side Arsenal is one of the potential destinations for the 22-year-old from Moscow with a fee which could be over 25 million Euros.
2. Jordan Pickford – England
A lot of football pundits were baffled when English Premier League side Everton paid 30 million Euros for Jordan Pickford but the England stopper justified his price tag at the World Cup. His moment came in the Round of 16 tie against Colombia which England won to register their first ever win on penalties in the World Cup. Pickford grew in confidence through the world cup and now it will be tough for Everton to keep the 24-year-old away from prospective buyers.
1. Kylian Mbappe – France
The Best Young player of the World Cup is already is a superstar and he confirmed his stardom by winning the World Cup at the age of 19 for France. He is also the first teenager since Pele in 1958 to score in a World Cup final. He scored 4 goals at the World Cup and is attracting attention from Real Madrid to replace Ronaldo at Santiago Bernabeu. French club Paris St-Germain have already signed Mbappe on Loan and are all set to pay close to 180 Million Euros to keep the Frenchman in Paris as per agreement. But Real Madrid & rest of the big spending clubs might just break the bank to sign the star.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 15, 2018
Written by: Yash Chawla. Yash is former Sports Anchor of NDTV. With over 9 years of experience as a Sports Journalist, Yash now sails with Crowdynews.com