Soccer Laduma's World Cup Team Of The Tournament
Soccer Laduma's 2018 FIFA World Cup Team Of The Tournament
FIFA have announced their Team of the 2018 World Cup, but there were a few questionable inclusions. So we, at Soccer Laduma, decided to select our own Best XI from Russia 2018, and there was no space for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Click through the gallery above to see Soccer Laduma's Team of the Tournament.
FIFA let fans vote for their Dream Team on their official website, with only players who made at least three appearances in Russia being eligible for selection. In addition, the fans were allowed to only choose three players from each country.
Here is FIFA's Team of the Tournament:
We, at the Soccer Laduma offices, did not agree with all the players picked by the fans – since 2010, FIFA has done away with a Team of the Tournament chosen by a technical study group, and let the fans decide – and opted to select our own World Cup dream team. Here we go:
Thibaut Courtois was picked in goal after winning the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper of the tournament.
At the back, Belgium right-back Thomas Meunier, centre-back pairing Raphael Varane of France and Uruguay's Diego Godin, as well as Les Blues left-back Lucas Hernandez, were chosen.
In central midfield, N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba received our nomination following their instrumental role in their country's World Cup triumph, while Golden Ball winner Luka Modric was picked as well.
Unlike the official dream team, there was no space in Soccer Laduma's selection for Ronaldo, who, with Portugal, was knocked out in the round of 16 and once again failed to score in the knockout stage of a World Cup, while the likes of Marcelo and Thiago Silva were also not selected after Brazil were sent packing early on by Belgium.
Have a look at this week's Soccer Laduma newspaper for our final World Cup round-up, in which 1994 FIFA World Cup winner Paulo Sergio talks about the likes of Mbappe, Pogba, Neymar and what Brazil need to change, while ESPN's Jonathan Johnson analysed the French team's success for us. You can find the latest issue, edition 1082, in a shop near you!