Cristiano Ronaldo has been named in the worst team of the World Cup after a nightmare tournament for Portugal along with the Chelsea star… But which Argentina winner is also included?
- Providers Sofascore have released their worst 11 based on stats from Qatar
- The team features similar to Cristiano Ronaldo, who played for Portugal
- Two Australian and United States player XIs are also included
- A World Cup winner as well as a regular starter for Chelsea made the team
- Players had to make a minimum of four appearances to feature in the worst XI
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Cristiano Ronaldo has been selected in the statistically worst XI from the World Cup after enduring a torrid season for Portugal at the tournament in Qatar.
Ronaldo scored only one goal for his country and was replaced by Fernando Santos in the last 16 clash with Switzerland, and the quarter final defeat in Morocco.
The 37-year-old’s agent reportedly threatened to quit the Portuguese camp during a heated meeting with Santos after he found out he had been asked to play in Switzerland, although this was quickly denied by the FA and the player’s country.
Cristiano Ronaldo endured a miserable tournament for Portugal and scored only one goal
Ronaldo left the pitch in tears after Portugal were knocked out by Morocco in the quarter-finals
And Ronaldo’s misery was compounded as he was selected by statistics provider Sofascore as part of the worst team in the World Cup.
The worst XI team is based on the SofaScore rating, which gives each team a score out of 10 for their performances in the tournament. To be included were players who had made at least four appearances in Qatar.
Ronaldo, who has been spotted at the Real Madrid training camp as he looks to maintain his form in search of a new club, scored just 6.46 on the SofaScore side.
Lautaro Martinez was included in the 11 despite the relief of the World Cup with Argentina
The Portuguese forward share a forward partnership with Lautaro Martinez, although it was the Argentinian member of the team who lifted the trophy after beating France on penalties in a memorable final.
Martinez, who did not fail for Argentina in Qatar in 148 minutes of action throughout the tournament, was given a rating of just 6.35.
Among Milan’s strikers, he has been benched by Leonello Scaloni in all but two of Argentina’s World Cup games.
He came on for Manchester City star Julian Alvarez 13 minutes into extra time in Sunday’s final against France.
Senegal’s Edouard Mendy was blamed for both of Holland’s goals in the opening Group A match
Mendy competed for the African champions who exited the tournament in 16
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was also selected by Sofascore in his worst XI with a rating of 6.30.
Mendy played for Senegal, who were eliminated from the last 16 by England, when his mistakes cost the African champions their 2-0 defeat to Holland in their Group A opener.
The 30-year-old had lost his place as Chelsea’s No 1 before the tournament and continued to have problems at the World Cup – but he kept his spot in the Senegal team throughout.
Sergino Dest, who is contracted to Barcelona but is on loan at AC Milan, gets the right back slot given a low rating of 6.50.
Poland’s Kamil Glik and Bartosz Bereszyński, who criticized their negative attitudes and displays in Qatar, and Senegal center Abdou Diallo complete the back four.
Sergino Dest has been selected in the worst XI for Qatar by SofaScore
Australia’s Jackson Irvine and Matthew Leckie were selected in midfield alongside South Korea’s Hwang In-beom and Switzerland’s Ruben Vargas.
The World Cup came to a dramatic conclusion on Sunday as Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties after a youthful 3-3 final at the end of extra time.
Lionel Messi scored twice as he led the South American nation to their first World Cup since 1986, eclipsing his late compatriot Diego Maradona.
Kylian Mbappe netted a prone trick – the first man to do so since Sir Geoff Hurst in 1966 – but it was in vain as France retained the trophy.
The worst rated team from the World Cup in Qatar, provided by Sofascore.com