Cristiano Ronaldo has been named in the WORST team of the World Cup after his nightmares for Portugal alongside the Chelsea star… but which winning Argentinian is also in?
- Data providers Sofascore have published their worst XI from Qatar based on statistics
- The team includes, among others, Cristiano Ronaldo, who fought for Portugal
- Two Australians and one US player are also included in the XI
- The World Cup winner and Chelsea’s regular starter have made it to the team
- Players had to play at least four matches to make the worst XI
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Cristiano Ronaldo has been named in the statistically worst first-team squad at the World Cup after enduring a torrid time for Portugal at the tournament in Qatar.
Ronaldo scored just one goal for his country and Fernando Santos dropped him to the bench for their last-16 match against Switzerland and a shock quarter-final defeat to Morocco.
The 37-year-old free agent threatened to quit the Portuguese camp in a heated meeting with Santos after learning he had been buried in the Switzerland game, although the country’s FA and the player quickly denied this.
Cristiano Ronaldo endured a miserable tournament for Portugal, scoring just one goal
Ronaldo left the field in tears after Portugal were stunned by Morocco in the quarter-finals
And Ronaldo’s misery has been increased by the fact that the statistician Sofascore has chosen him as part of the worst team of the World Cup.
The worst XI team is based on a ranking by Sofascore, which gives each player a score out of 10 based on their performances in the tournament. To be eligible, players must have played in Qatar at least four times.
Ronaldo, who has been spotted back at Real Madrid’s training ground as he looks to stay fit in search of a new club, was named in the Sofascore squad after scoring just 6.46.
Lautaro Martinez is included in the XI despite lifting the World Cup with Argentina
The Portuguese striker is partnered by Lautaro Martinez, although the Argentine was part of the team that lifted the trophy after defeating France on penalties in a memorable final.
Martinez, who failed to score for Argentina in Qatar in 148 minutes of play throughout the tournament, was rated just 6.35.
Lionel Scaloni brought the Inter Milan striker off the bench in all but two of Argentina’s World Cup appearances.
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 Holland goals in the Group A opener
Mendy struggled for the African champions, who exited the tournament in the last 16
Sofascore has chosen Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy as one of the worst with a rating of only 6.30.
Mendy struggled for Senegal, who reached the last 16 before being dropped by England, as his mistakes cost the African champions a 2-0 loss to the Netherlands in their Group A opener.
The 30-year-old had lost his place as Chelsea’s number one before the tournament and his problems continued at the World Cup – but he kept his place in Senegal’s squad throughout.
Sergino Dest, signed from Barcelona but on loan at AC Milan, takes the right back position after being given a paltry 6.50 rating.
Poland’s Kamil Glik and Bartosz Bereszyński, who were criticized for their negative tactics and displays in Qatar, and Senegal’s center back Abdou Diallo complete the back four.
US right-back Sergino Des was selected by Sofascore for Qatar’s first team
Australians Jackson Irvine and Mathew Leckie were selected in the midfield alongside South Korean Hwang In-beom and Swiss Ruben Vargas.
The FIFA World Cup came to a dramatic conclusion on Sunday as Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties after a thrilling final ended 3-3 at the end of extra time.
Lionel Messi scored twice as he guided the South American nation to their first World Cup since 1986, emulating his late compatriot Diego Maradona.
Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick – the first man to do so since Sir Geoff Hurst in 1966 – but his efforts were in vain as France failed to retain the trophy.
Worst rated team from World Cup Qatar provided by Sofascore.com