How many surprises have we seen in this World Cup? Germany, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Poland. All of these teams have failed to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup. While Germany and Poland failed to even qualify out of the group stage, Argentina, Portugal and Spain were shocked by inferior teams in their first knockout stage match. In this blog, I’ll be making a team of 11 star players who were unable to make their team reach the quarterfinals.
1.Manuel Neuer – Germany
He did just recover from an injury, but he has injured Germans’ hearts this World Cup. Going out in front leaving the goal wide open for the opposite team to easily score a goal? Conceding a goal from 10 metres outside the penalty area? That’s not the no.1 keeper in the world! Those are rookie mistakes! I expect Neuer to do better than this.
2.Sergio Ramos – Spain
He has been the leader of Real Madrid’s defence and has also been the unbreakable wall at the back for Spain. This year he was dented with the ‘guilt’ of injuring Mohammed Salah and the criticism coming from all Liverpool fans from all over the world. But he is a class player after all, and he will recover and come back strong.
3.Mats Hummels – Germany
After a strong season with Bayern Munich, there were great expectations on his shoulders, or rather feet. He was expected to score a few goals too along with letting the opposition know that he was the star defender of the star German side. Instead, he was the star disappointment for the star-studded disappointing German side.
4.Joshua Kimmich – Germany
Arguably the best left back in the world, Joshua Kimmich has definitely fallen short of expectations this World Cup, much like his team. He is an attacking defender and his job is to supply crosses for team members to score. This year, he failed at the task and managed to score no goals, no assists, and conceding 4 goals in 3 games and 2 losses.
5.Nicolas Otamendi – Argentina
While Otamendi’s performance was average, his team was far below average. Otamendi needed to lead his defenders and stop Croatia from scoring the 3 goals, France from scoring those 4 goals and Iceland from scoring that 1 all-important goal against his team. Argentina’s defence looks weaker with every passing match, and they need a rephrase of team now.
6.Toni Kroos – Germany
I know this list is getting too crowded with Germans but they really are a class team, whose classiest player is Toni Kroos, arguably the best midfielder in the world. This man needs no introduction and his playing style needs no praise. Even though he saved Germany the insult of losing all 3 matches with one of the best goals in this whole tournament, he couldn’t manage to get his team out of the group stage.
7.James Rodriguez – Colombia
After the breakout World Cup in 2014, James Rodriguez was expected to hit many goals and do well, but that was not the case. His team just managed to scrape through to the Round Of 16. And was knocked out by an England who was 3-2 down on penalties. Although Rodriguez performed well, he will have to do better next time.
Where there were once Xavi, Iniesta and David Silva, there is now Isco. He has now become one of the best midfielders not only in his country, but also in the world. Isco is quite an attacking player, and that was clearly visible in the matches. But the thing that matters ultimately is how your team performs. His nation has been let down and he is one of the reasons for it.
9. Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal
Well, Ronaldo has been through a lot in this World Cup. From a record-breaking hat-trick, to a tax fraud allegation. But the biggest news is that he is transferring from Real Madrid. Now this might be because of Portugal’s misery at this World Cup, or because the Spanish government is against him. I for one, cannot imagine Ronaldo in Juventus colours. Nevertheless, he performed excellently at this World Cup and proved that he still has that flair in him.
10. Robert Lewandowski – Poland
The king of Polish football and definitely one of the top 3 strikers in the world, Robert Lewandoski’s performance at this World Cup was way below average. In fact, some people told me that Lewandowski has retired as they didn’t see him at all this World Cup! The Bayern Munich striker needs to do much much better than this if he wants to keep Poland alive in the race for the best footballing nations.
11. Lionel Messi – Argentina
What is a football team without Lionel Messi! This World Cup must have been an emotional rollercoaster ride for Messi, as many have assumed it to be his last shot at World Cup glory. Still, the Argentinian could’ve done better than 1 goal and 1 assist. Messi would be under tremendous pressure as he is always the one to be blamed for Argentina’s failures. But let’s not write him off just as yet, because who knows, he might just come for World Cup 2022, and maybe even win it!
The Final Team.