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Madrid’s top 4 performers in Russia 2018 thus far
- Updated: July 4, 2018
This was, and might still be a Real Madrid World Cup going by the performances some of the Los Blancos’ key men have put in for their sides. Russia 2018 has seen a good number Real Madrid players covering themselves in glory for the good of their national teams.
However, we’ve taken a look at how some Real Madrid players performed notably in the tournament, as well as at how well others will still get to perform as their teams continue to progress in the tournament.
The Ronaldo-led Portugal side may have been eliminated from the competition, no thanks to Uruguay, but we saw one of the best individual performances of the Russia 2018 World Cup from Ronaldo.
Ronaldo singlehandedly contributed to Portugal’s progress from the group stages of the competition as he answered whenever there was a call for a rescue. The Portuguese hitman scored one of the two hat-tricks in the competition to earn the Portuguese a point after a 3 all draw against Spain. He also scored the only goal and subsequent winner for the side against Morocco, making it 4 goals in 2 games. However, it was always going to be a tough task if heavy reliance for the ball to be put in the back of the net was on one man, as Uruguay presented an insurmountable task for the Portuguese, after they survived an Iranian scare in the last group stage game. Ronaldo won the man of the match award against Spain with a Whoscored rating of 9.83. Massive!
The-32-year-old Real Madrid midfielder put in performances in midfield and attack that got Croatia going from their very first game in the competition against Nigeria and still has the opportunity to contribute more as Croatia made it through to the quarterfinals of the Russia 2018 World Cup.
Luka Modric has been unarguably Croatia’s best player since the competition began. He played his part impressively in midfield as he scored twice in games against Nigeria and Argentina, which contributed to their qualification to the round of 16. Modric could have easily been the villain after missing a penalty in the course of the round of 16 game against Denmark, but he scored in the subsequent PK shootout and Croatia progressed, all thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.
The Real Madrid man has been unarguably the rock of Gibraltar shielding the Brazil defense from being exposed to incessant opposition attacks. He has been key to Brazil’s progression from the group stage, as he played his part efficiently yet again against Mexico, although a ‘rush of blood to the head’ tackle made him receive a yellow that ruled him out of the cracker against Belgium.
Casemiro has been chasing down opposition players and closing down attacks tirelessly for Brazil in the competition and will be a very big miss in the game against Belgium.
The exciting attacker didn’t fail to live up to the billing as he was impressive in Spain’s attacking forays into the opposition area. He made those incisive attacks, executed those brilliant dribbles and also made some key passes to displace opposition defenses in the competition.
Isco played his part excellently for a Spain and had a goal and a man of the match award to his name in a 2 all draw against Morocco. He was also instrumental in the game against hosts Russia, but the Russian defense deployed a ‘bus formation’ that defied every attacking move from the Spaniards. Isco tried to exert himself on the game, but the Russians defended resolutely from start to finish in a game Spain dominated, and eliminated the Spaniards on penalties.