It took 64 games to crown the new FIFA World Cup Champion, and once again it was a European nation. France won the tournament, and they were a deserved winner. They improved the most since the first game the team played.
However, there were many teams and especially players who performed exceptionally in this competition.
The Everton goalkeeper had elevated his game to an unprecedented level in this tournament. He was phenomenal throughout the campaign and one of the biggest reasons why England was able to reach the Semi-Final of an international competition after 22 years.
22-year-old VfB Stuttgart defender, Benjamin Pavard, has earned plaudits from every single pundit who saw him play in this World Cup. From scoring that audacious volley to equalise against Argentina to being sublime in defence, Parvard came off age at the biggest stage of them all. Expect big clubs to jostle for his services in the near future.
The Frenchman has been on the scene since he was a teenager. Playing for arguably the biggest club in the world in Real Madrid, Varane has maturity and presence of mind while defending. He marshalled the entire defensive line commendably throughout the tournament.
One of the breakthrough stars of the tournament was Harry Maguire. Exceptionally strong in the air, he also possesses brilliant game sense, as he reads the game quite well. He will only grow better as a player after playing more games played for his country.
Trippier has been on the ascension for a while now. The Premier League fans knew of his ability and resolute nature, but now the world has also become familiar with it. One of the most consistent performers of the tournament, he will look back at the summer of 2018 with joy.
Adjudged as the Best player of the Tournament, Modric proved why he’s arguably the best central midfielder in the world. The captain of Croatia led the team with an example and was always at the core of the action. One of the hardest workers, he also was the player who played the most minutes in the tournament.
Known to be flamboyant and extravagant, Pogba evolved as a player in the tournament. Even though he kept his flair and unpredictability, he coupled it with patience. He formed an excellent partnership with Kante and also provided beautiful balls that dissected the opposition defences. After scoring an important goal in the final of World Cup, he finished the competition on a high note.
In the footballing world, there are a limited number of world-class left-footed wingers. Ivan Perisic made sure that he is also considered in that list after a decent tournament where not only he creating chances but also scoring goals. Barring the misfortune the player faced in the final, he didn’t put a foot wrong in the entire campaign.
19-year-old Kylian Mbappe lit the tournament of fire with his performances. He became the second teenager to score a goal in the final of the tournament after Pele. He has justified his price-tag, his big-game presence and everything that is written about him. A future Ballon d’Or winner for sure.
England captain Harry Kane was playing his first World Cup. Known to set records whenever he plays, he became just the second Englishman to win the Golden Boot as he scored 6 goals in the tournament. He led the team with valour and the team has a bright future with him up top.
Chelsea man and captain of Belgium, Eden Hazard also had a good outing at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. He was the hardest worker in the team and didn’t let his team be bogged down when they faced adversity. The leadership spirit he showed will be fruitful for any team he will be associated with in the future.