The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is done and dusted. While some of the big teams failed to perform well and were knocked out early in the tournament, there were some surprising results that shocked everyone. The tournament also gave a glimpse of potential youngsters, who can become global stars in near future.
The football world governing body FIFA on Tuesday, announced the 10-man shortlist for the 2018 FIFA Best Men’s Player Award. While the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard to name a few found their names on the list, there were some players who failed to find the spot.
Below are the names of the players, who deserved a spot in the list of nominees.
A vital cog in Croatia’s midfield alongside Luka Modric. In spite of scoring one goal, the playmaker played a huge role in taking his team to the final of 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
After having a fantastic season with Barcelona where he won the domestic double i.e La Liga and Copa del Rey, he continued his great form for the national side in the entire duration of the tournament.
A very technically gifted player, he not only brings stability to the midfield but can be an asset for any side. The 30-year-old showed an exceptional work rate for which he received praise from coaches from the club and the national team.
The Chelsea midfielder was unlucky to have not found a place in the list. He played a huge part in France lifting the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Playing in the defensive midfield role, Kante is arguably the best footballer in that position at the moment.
His exceptional work ethics and ability to read the game and break the play has received praise from all quarters. His contribution in midfield allowed players like Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann to create goal scoring chances in the final third.
His defensive cover to centrer- backs Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti, allowed fullbacks, Pavard and Hernandez, to go forward and chip in with crosses. Inspite of missing out on Champions League spot with Chelsea, the 27-year-old ended the season by lifting the World Cup trophy.
The focal point of Denmark’s attack had a fantastic qualifying campaign but had a mixed world cup outing. Eriksen scored 8 goals for the side in the qualifiers but had very little to show in the big tournament. The midfielder scored just 1 goal as Demark was knocked out in the Round of 16. For Tottenham Hotspur, though, Eriksen scored 10 goals and provided 10 assist in the entire Premier League season as the London club qualified for UEFA Champions League.
With Luis Suarez not making much of an impact in the goal scoring department, Edinson Cavani decided to take the matter in his own hands as he netted 4 goals in 4 matches. The striker scored two goals against Portugal in Round of 16 before suffering a knock and missing the match against eventual champions France.
With Neymar not playing most of the second half of the previous season, Cavani ended up as PSG’s top scorer with 28 goals from 30 appearances.
The forward may have missed out on winning the World Cup final, but the Inter player scored a superb goal and gave away a controversial penalty in the 4-2 loss. Known for exceptional work rate, the 29-year-old ended Russia 2018 as the player to have covered the most ground – 72.5km in his 638 minutes on the pitch, ahead of teammates Ivan Rakitic and Modric. Perisic scored three goals in total at the World Cup – one more than Modric – and his assist against England meant he ended with the same tally in that category as the Croatian captain.