FIFA World Cup 2018: The World Cup has seen some of the greatest individual performances that helped their nation win the most coveted award. Here let us take a look at few of the players who rocked the World Cup.
The name shouldn’t surprise you and neither the fact that Diego almost single-handedly won the 1986 World Cup after series of magnificent performances and a big controversial moment which marred the otherwise impeccable Argentina’s win.
Maradona was influential in every Argentina attack and the highlight of the tournament was the quarterfinals against England. Maradona scored a goal clearly after punching the ball with his hand. The goal was layer labeled as “Hand of God “. He made thing worse for England after scoring the greatest goal of the competition after dribbling past five English players and rounding off the goalkeeper before slotting the ball in. In the final against Germany, the Germans looked determined to not let Maradona any free space, but you cannot keep the little Argentine contained forever. In the dying stages, Maradona turned past his marker and sent a delightful pass which led to the winning goal. Clearly, it was Maradona’s World Cup more than anyone else’s.
The talismanic Brazilian showed the World how a modern centre-forward plays. Pace, skills, and his eye for goal made him an unstoppable goal machine. In the 1994 World Cup Edition, Ronaldo and Romario were in blazing form; the “Ro-Ro” attack made the opposition defense sweat and crumble. However, Ronaldo suffered from an upset stomach right before the final match but chose to start. He was nowhere near his best and lost to his future teammate Zidane’s excellence.
The Brazilian was set to take his revenge and he did not have to wait long. The next World Cup in Japan saw the deadliest trio in World history play together. Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, and Ronaldo made football look so pleasant and easy. Ronaldo with his usual trickery and instincts topped the charts and his 1998 final fiasco was quickly turned into 2002 dream final. He scored two goals against Germany which were enough to seal Ronaldo’s first and Brazil’s fifth World title.
The crafty Selecao has been one of the best players in World Cup history and had not been the injuries which blighted his career. He could have won more trophies and maybe another World title.
The tall bald-headed Frenchman was an absolute delight. His exquisite first touch, excellent technique and the Zidane-360 made every football fan weak in their knees. Zidane was clinical and efficient in every game he played. For France, he upped his game even more and his heroics in front of his home crowd in 1998 World Cup saw him being an instant legend.
The World football was relatively unknown to the dynamism of the young lad when he was selected in the 1998 squad. With Deschamps, Thurram, Vierra already a household name people had little expectation from him. Zidane made the most of it and was one of the best players in the tournament. However, he saved his best for the final against Brazil. Up against the mighty Selecaos, Zidane stunned everybody when he rose high to power a header on goal. Minutes later, another corner flew in and the maestro repeated the same. France ran out comfortable winners and Zidane became a cult legend.
2002 World Cup was a big disappointment and Zidane retired shortly after that. However, he was called up for the qualifiers, and he instantly showed his grace on the ball. With Thierry Henry and Trezeguet oozing confidence, Zidane was outstanding in the 2006 World Cup. However, the finals saw the ugly side of Zidane when he head-butted Materazzi before being sent off. France lost the match despite Zidane slotting in a Panenka penalty to give France the lead early on.
However, there is no doubt that Zidane will always remain one of the greatest and arguably the greatest French footballers of all time.
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