Confirmations or revelations, 11 players who celebrated this World Cup
IThey went up to the scene. Some were expected in this 2022 World Cup, while others are real discoveries. After a month of intense competition Point Keeps track of players in Qatar who have marked this publication.
- Goalkeeper: Emiliano Martinez
He sickened the Blues and Randal Kolo Muani with a crucial save in the final moments of extra time. Emiliano Martínez, who was excellent at goal kicking, produced a much-needed parade in front of Coman after he had already dominated against the Netherlands. Even if we note the remarkable performances of Bounou, Lloris and Livakovic, he was logically chosen as the goalkeeper of the tournament by FIFA.
- Right-back: Achraf Hakimi
He went down in the history of Morocco with a decisive goal against Spain in the 1/8 finals. The PSG defender, who was decisive throughout the competition, took part in a wonderful Atlas Lions saga. His connection with Hakim Ziyech in the right lane proved true. It remains to confirm this good dynamic in the club.
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- Central defenders: Dayot Upamecano and Josko Guardiol
Our French and Croatian defenders, who play in the Bundesliga in “Bavaria” and “Leipzig” respectively. Upamecano started this World Cup from a distance before, he has not convinced in the selection so far. But with his healing quality and tenacity in duels, he responded readily. Having struggled against England, the 24-year-old defender produced a grand finale as he made a double save late in the first half of extra time. For Guardiol, achievement is just as important, and Croatia’s third-place finish rewards their competition. At just 20 years old, he has been the boss of the Croatian defense with great consistency. Only Messi will be able to play with him in the semi-finals.
- Left back: Theo Hernandez
If he could make it to the final, we’ll still remember his generosity and attacking contribution on the left wing. Substituted for his brother Lucas, the Milanese quickly established himself as an undisputed element in the Blues’ defense and even opened the scoring in the 5th minute to lead his nation against Morocco in the semi-finals.e game minute.
- Defensive midfielder: Sofyan Amrabat
The Fiorentina player went to another dimension with a remarkable World Cup. With the volume of play, the number of kilometers covered and the teamwork, Amrabat contributed greatly to the very good course of Morocco, the first semi-finalist in the history of the African continent. Following PSG and the Premier League, the coming winter will shake up the transfer window.
- Midfielder: Antoine Griezmann
We’d love to get one more result from his incredible World Cup before this final against Argentina, where he’s been a shadow. Nevertheless, in a remote role that was not his before Qatar, Antoine Griezmann showed great game intelligence and millimeter passes often hit the mark. Defensively, he made the Blues very comfortable with his tackles and recoveries. It remains to be seen what position he will take in the future.
- Midfielder: Enzo Fernandes
The Benfica player, who was selected as the best young player of the competition, started this World Cup as a substitute. However, with the failures of some in his position, he quickly seized the opportunity to establish himself as one of the leaders of this crowned Argentina. At the age of 21, he went through the entire knockout phase, a testament to his great physical maturity.
- Right-back: Lionel Messi
With all the pressure on his shoulders before the competition, he knew that the seven-time Ballon d’Or was eagerly awaited in Qatar. Along with his goals and brilliant strikes, the PSG striker responded brilliantly on the pitch and won his latest title, missing from his already very impressive record. Messi allows Argentina a third star after an eventful and emotional international career.
- Striker: Julian Alvarez
Like Enzo Fernandes, he was not going to start this World Cup with the Albiceleste. But the young striker of “Manchester City” was decisive from his first game against Poland. With a brace in the semi-final against Croatia, he showed why the Citizens decided to bet on him as Erling Haaland’s understudy.
- Left-back: Kylian Mbappe
The author of a hat-trick in the final, the competition’s top scorer and a worldwide sensation for a month: the PSG striker pushed the limits. We knew French football was holding a prodigy since 2017, confirming that Kylian Mbappe was a player apart. Already with 12 World Cup goals, the Bondi native could well surpass Miroslav Klose and his tally of 16 in the next edition.
We also liked:
Bounou, Livakovic, Lloris, Juranovic, Konate, Otamendi, Thiago Silva, Saïss, Ounahi, Brozovic, Rabiot, Modric, Musiala, Ziyech, Giroud, Gakpo, Kudus and Saka.