With the close of the final round of games in the group stage, we pick a line-up of players who have performed spectacularly in the last week as the group stage of the World Cup ends in a dramatic fashion. Below is the list of the eleven players worthy of being called the best in their position.
(GK) Cho Hyun-Woo – South Korea
The 26-year old stopper made a world of a difference against Germany, essentially knocking them out of the World Cup. Cho Hyun-Woo who plays for Daegu FC had not played a single qualifier and was a shock presence at the World Cup. But his selection was definitely justified after his sensational performance against the reigning World Champions, earning a clean sheet in the process.
(RB) Stephan Lichsteiner – Switzerland
Lichsteiner showed consistency and leadership this World Cup as he leads Switzerland to the round of 16 after pulling off a difficult draw against Costa Rica in their final hurdle in the group stage. The new Arsenal man proved that he still has a lot of energy left in the tank.
(CB) Yerry Mina – Colombia
Yerry Mina was undoubtedly one of the best performers of the week, not only keeping a clean sheet but also scoring the winning goal that took Colombia to the knockout stage. The Barcelona defender showed athleticism, defensive cleverness, and leadership at the age of just 23.
(CB) Marcos Rojo – Argentina
Another defender who became an overnight hero for his country was Marcos Rojo. The Manchester United man showed grit and fight and scored the 86th-minute winner as the Argentinians pulled off a narrow victory against Nigeria to qualify for the last 16.
(LB) Ludwig Augustinsson – Sweden
Ludwig Augustinsson led the charge against Mexico as he scored the first of Sweden’s 3 goals. Left-back for both Werder Bremen and Sweden, the 24-year old gained a lot of recognition from his performance against Mexico as they qualified for the last 16 in a dramatic fashion.
(CM) Milan Badlej – Croatia
With a goal and an assist to his name, one of the less popular midfielders of Croatia, Milan Badlej produced a more than impressive display to help his side get the maximum points in Group D.
(CM) Ever Banega – Argentina
When Argentina looked to Messi as the only hope, one man proved his worth in the blue and white jersey. Sevilla‘s Ever Banega, with his fantastic ball over the Nigerian defence which led to Argentina’s first goal, showed the world that Argentina is more than just Messi.
(CAM) Isco – Spain
Isco put in yet another magical performance for La Roja against a Morocco side who seemed to have a replenished fighting spirit as the match ended in a tie. The Real Madrid man pulled the strings and scored the all-important equalizer as Spain qualified for the knockout stage.
(LW) Wabhi Khazri – Tunisia
Wabhi Khazri inspired an emphatic comeback against Panama, scoring a goal and providing an assist to turn the game around completely. Undoubtedly one of the best attackers of the week.
(RW) Lionel Messi – Argentina
Argentina’s final hope, their final talisman, their Messi-ah was the difference yet again. The GOAT, as he is often referred to as, will hope to add a World Cup to his extensive collection.
(CF) Son Heung-Min – South Korea
Son Heung-Min scored the goal to put an end to the German dream completely. The Tottenham attacker looked like a real threat in the match and will be sad to see his country depart early from the World Cup.