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Soccer Laduma's World Cup Team Of The Tournament

Soccer Laduma's 2018 FIFA World Cup Team Of The Tournament

By David Kappel - Jul 20, 2018 08:00 PM @kappilinho

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.

Up front, Silver Ball winner Eden Hazard of Belgium was joined by Young Player of the Tournament Kylian Mbappe and Croatia's tireless Mario Mandzukic.

Read: FIFA Announce Official Team Of The World Cup

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!


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Babewami Joined: 09 Dec 2016
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Babewami Jul 27, 2018 12:29 PM
Lets see them winning the Champions League
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Babewami Jul 27, 2018 12:28 PM
Your selection is better that the World Governing Body's selection. Wow
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No badges available Jul 24, 2018 06:40 AM
Sharp gents however CB with Varane' for me was gona be Lovern loll if I got his name right. Plays for Croatia n Liverpool his the reason they got to see the final.
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MSANDROTIC Jul 23, 2018 04:39 PM
Spot on
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Maloh11 Jul 22, 2018 03:08 PM
@Ruud-Krol(mugabel) these players were instrumental leading to final
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pato Jul 21, 2018 07:40 AM
Editor you have a beef with cr7????
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clemz7 Jul 21, 2018 07:03 AM
It's the same u just changed CR7
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Ruud-Krol(mugabel) Jul 21, 2018 04:06 AM
Pogba and Mandzukic? Wow what do you smoke cowditor?
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Ntsunda112 Jul 21, 2018 01:30 AM
Only one Croatian player
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bongani.king Jul 20, 2018 11:59 PM
Where's Cherchevey RUSSIAN bullet ???
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vpclekukela Jul 20, 2018 10:20 PM
You very right. U got it right this time SL. Perfect
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blackmeteor Jul 20, 2018 08:52 PM
NO Kevin de Bruyne, NO Antoine Griezmann.YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS SL .................In this WC Eden Hazard's BIG weakness was on display for everybody to see, namely SELFISHNESS.
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Myaka weliPhefeni Jul 20, 2018 08:42 PM
Luk lyk a fair selection
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Demera Jul 20, 2018 08:20 PM
Was Pogba more effective than Rakitic?FIFA and Soccer Laduma are in same whatsap group

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