With the World Cup entering the later stages, the Stars are taking center stage, and even with Spain, Portugal and Brazil knocked out before the semi-finals, that is still true this year. Some of the remaining stars in the tournament aren’t household names just yet, but that could change this week with some specials.
Here are 10 of the most important semi-finalists – Argentina, Croatia, France and Morocco – still in contention for the World Cup:
10. Aurelien Tchouameni (France)
In the absence of N’Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba, 22-year-old Aurélien Tchouaméni has taken over the reins of France’s midfield, playing 411 minutes in five matches and completing 93.2% of his 335 passes he tried. Every team needs an engine, and Chuamni is France.
Aurelien Tchoameni makes a statement after scoring for France in the 2022 World Cup | every corner
France’s Aurelien Tchoamene made a statement after scoring an impressive goal against England in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
9. Ashraf Hakimi (Morocco)
No one has made more tackles in this year’s World Cup than Hakimi. He is also among the tournament leaders in interceptions with seven; The only players with more are Aurélien Tchouaméni (France), Luka Modric (Croatia) and Josko Gvardiol; Of these players, only Hakimi is a full-back.
Achraf Hakimi takes a penalty kick to send Morocco to the quarter-finals | World Cup 2022
Achraf Hakimi takes a penalty kick for Morocco to qualify for the quarter-finals for the first time in the history of the World Cup.
8. Rodrigo de Paul (Argentina)
The Argentine midfield has been criticized for not having much creativity outside of Lionel Messi, but De Paul has shown the importance of having a midfielder willing to do the dirty work at the World Cup. He has covered the most ground (32.5 miles), completed the most passes (436) and intercepted the most passes. Without him, the Argentine style of play would not work.
7. Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia)
Against Japan in the Round of 16, Brozović broke his own distance run record by running 10.3 miles. Since the start of the tournament, he’s been running 44.6 miles on the field for an average of 8.9 miles per game, all while leading the team in assists completed live ball that lead to shot attempts (10). He’s a worker.
6. Sufyan Amrabat (Morocco)
From the outset of the knockout stage, Amrabat has faced and outplayed – in some cases, outplayed – some of the best midfielders in the world. With him only 26 years old, you can be sure there will be a market for him in the January transfer window. Ambratt currently plays for mid-table club Florentina.
5. Dominic Levakovic (Croatia)
Morocco goalkeeper Yassine “Bounou” Bounou has the most clean sheets of all remaining goalkeepers and has won Man of the Match on two separate occasions, but make no mistake: there is a huge gap between Dominik Levakovic and the rest of the pitch. On the context front, Levaković made 19 saves with a save percentage of 86.4%; Bono saved five goals, with an 80% save percentage. There is no doubt that Levakovic is the best goalkeeper left in the tournament.
Croatian Dominik Levakovic maintains his stability against Brazil in the 2022 World Cup | FOX Football
Croatian Dominik Levakovic became the final shield against Brazil in the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
4. Olivier Giroud (France)
France’s all-time leading scorer, Olivier Giroud, hasn’t stopped adding to his tally. In four matches, the 36-year-old has scored four goals, one short of pole position. His teammate Kylian Mbappe has five. No other team has two players with three goals.
Olivier Giroud makes an incredible header with the France national team in the 2022 FIFA World Cup | every corner
Frenchman Olivier Giroud scored a stunning header in the match against England to win 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup.
3. Luka Modric (Croatia)
Modric’s leadership of Croatia to the 2018 World Cup Final was impressive; Doing it again with an almost brand new team at the age of 37 is a victory unlike anything we’ve seen in a World Cup. His style of play is timeless, and his team mates are better because of it. No one has broken the Croatian defense more than Modric (132 times).
2. Kylian Mbappe (France)
If this is a list of the 10 best players in the World Cup, Kylian Mbappe will be in first place. At 23, he’s already one of the greatest World Cup performers ever, and his five goals to top the tournament is a big reason France’s dream of becoming only their third-ever champions is to repeat. closer to reality. But the France team is so stacked that it would still be a favorite without Mbappe. He is vital to his team’s success, but no more so than the first player.
Kylian Mbappe scores a super human team for France and scores two goals against Poland | every corner
Kylian Mbappe scored a majestic goal in the 74th minute to take the lead in the Golden Boot, then doubled again in stoppage time as France beat Poland 3-1.
1. Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Teams plan for Messi differently than they do for Mbappe because Messi sits deeper in midfield – and, at 35, not nearly as athletic as Mbappe – but they still plan for him. accurately. Strongly. However, Messi still finds a way to pass the key or goal at the right time. He is the reason Argentina are so close to reaching their second final in the past three World Cups, and his teammates dare not argue otherwise.
Lionel Messi transforms into BEAST MODE for Argentina against the Netherlands in the 2022 FIFA World Cup | every corner
Lionel Messi goes into BEAST MODE for Argentina to beat the Netherlands in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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