As we come towards the end of the World Cup, it’s time to reflect on the standout players of what has been a magnificent tournament.
It may be premature to pick the best player before the tournament has been won, and there’s still a chance for any France or Croatia player to write their name into the history books, but we feel these eight players have shone throughout the World Cup.
The list includes Premier League representation, with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, Tottenham Hotspur’s Kieran Trippier and Everton’s Jordan Pickford each excelling for their countries.
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Unlike many previous World Cups, there hasn’t been one outstanding player who has dragged their team to the final, and it seems the more successful teams in the tournament have been more cohesive units and not defined by one star.
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Cristiano Ronaldo started the tournament strongly but couldn’t carry a weak Portugal team past the Round of 16, while Kylian Mbappé has shown why he is worth all the hype.
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