The 2018 World Cup came to an end yesterday and, after a terrific tournament filled with highs and lows, Didier Deschamps’ French side came out on top in a 4-2 classic in Moscow against Croatia.
We have been treated to a feast of footballing genius over the past five weeks and picking just six players was a difficult task when considering some of the top performers on display.
Nevertheless, after trials and tribulations, we managed to pick six of the best from this summer’s World Cup and how they would line up in a six-a-side team.
Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford came of age for England between the sticks over the last few weeks of the competition and saved the Three Lions on countless occasions.
It was truly a pleasure to watch Pickford at times, and the young goalkeeper was a breath of fresh air. He was arguably England’s best player of the tournament and he gets the gloves for this team.
Defender – Raphaël Varane
At 25 the French defender has now won four Champions League titles and a World Cup; astonishing stuff. Varane was vital for France throughout the tournament and will no doubt be in every pundit’s and fan’s team of the competition because of this.
If there were any questions surrounding Varane’s ability they were quashed during this World Cup, and the young Frenchman deserves every accolade that comes his way; a magnificent tournament capped off with a World Cup winner’s medal to match.
Defender – Domagoj Vida
You would have been let off for not knowing who Domagoj Vida was before the World Cup. However, the Croatian centre-back announced his name on the world stage with some outstanding performances.
Vida’s grit and determination throughout the competition was admirable, and his Croatian side certainly did themselves and their country proud.
Midfield – Luka Modric
Voted player of the tournament, Luka Modric again proved why he is arguably the best midfielder on the planet. At times, when Croatia looked down and out, Modric took the team by the scruff of the neck and pulled them through.
An incredible talent, it is a shame Modric didn’t get over the final hurdle and bring his nation there first ever World Cup.
Forward – Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard again proved why he is the apparent heir to the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi throne, with some sublime performances for Belgium.
We got to see the very best of Hazard in a silky smooth Belgium set-up that utilised their attacking talents to the fullest.
In the end, Hazard’s side had to settle for third place but there is no doubt he will be back in 2020 for revenge.
Forward – Kylian M’bappe
A World Cup winner at the age of 19, Kylian M’bappe is living out every boy’s dream and became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele.
M’bappe was the first name on the team sheet, and his electrifying pace caused problems for the world’s best defenders throughout the tournament.
It is scary to think what might come from the teenager in the future; France will in no doubt be reaping the rewards of this once in a generation talent for years to come.