The best World Cup XI based on statistics - and no French players make the cut

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The World Cup is sadly over.

After a month of thrills and spills, football's greatest prize fell into the hands of France, who beat Croatia 4-2 in the final.

It was a tournament full of shocks, with Germany, Spain, Brazil and Argentina all exiting the competition prematurely.

And England managed to reconnect the team with the fans and left Russia with pride after a brilliant run to the semi-final.

Luka Modric left with the Golden Ball, Kylian Mbappe was chosen as the tournament's best young player and Thibaut Courtois picked up the Golden Glove award.

Given those prestigious honours, you'd think all three would feature in the World Cup's best XI based purely on statistics, right?

Well, you'd be wrong, because Modric is the only one that makes the cut according to trusted statistical source WhoScored.

In fact, a grand total of zero French players make the cut, with Eden Hazard the highest rated player with 8.5/10.


You can see the full XI below.



Golden boot winner Harry Kane makes the cut despite disappointing in the knockout stages, while Brazil somehow get two players in there.

Neymar is actually the third-highest rated player, despite scoring just two goals and exiting the competition at the quarter-final stage.

Mbappe scored four times and still doesn't make it over Neymar, bizarre.


Yerry Mina's inclusion is odd as well, despite the fact he scored three goals, given the performances of both Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti.

Mario Fernandes at right-back could be justified, but Croatia's Sime Vrsalijko may have something to say about that.

The best conclusion to make from WhoScored's XI is that statistics really do not portray football correctly all the time.


And the French boys probably couldn't care less about their ranking, especially after holding the coveted Jules Rimet trophy in their hands.

Croatia Football
Yerry Mina
Samuel Umtiti
Kylian Mbappe
Mario Fernandes
N'Golo Kante
Russia Football
Harry Kane
France Football
Paul Pogba
Thibaut Courtois
Spain Football
Germany Football
Argentina Football
Brazil Football
England Football
Raphael Varane
Eden Hazard
World Cup
Luka Modric

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