Cristiano Ronaldo is named in the WORST team of the World Cup after his nightmare tournament for Portugal along with a Chelsea star… but which victorious Argentine is also included?
- Data providers Sofascore have released their worst XI from Qatar based on stats
- The team features the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, who struggled for Portugal
- Two Australians and a United States player have also been included in the XI
- A World Cup winner as well as a regular starter for Chelsea have 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 a statistical worst XI from the World Cup after he endured a torrid time for Portugal at the tournament in Qatar.
Ronaldo scored only one goal for his country and was dropped to the bench by Fernando Santos for their last-16 clash with Switzerland and their shock quarter-final defeat to Morocco.
The 37-year-old free agent reportedly threatened to quit the Portuguese camp during a heated meeting with Santos after he found out he had been axed for the Switzerland game, although this was quickly denied by the country’s FA and the player.
Cristiano Ronaldo endured a miserable tournament for Portugal and scored just one goal
Ronaldo left the pitch in tears after Portugal were stunned by Morocco in the quarter-finals
And Ronaldo’s misery has been compounded by being chosen by statistics provider Sofascore as part of their worst team of the World Cup.
The worst XI team is based on Sofascore’s rating, which gives each player a score out of 10 for their performances in the tournament. To be included, players had to have made a minimum of four appearances in Qatar.
Ronaldo, who has been spotted back at Real Madrid’s training ground as he looks to keep in shape during his search for a new club, was named in the Sofascore side after scoring just 6.46.
Lautaro Martinez has been included in the XI despite lifting the World Cup with Argentina
The Portuguese forward is partnered up front by Lautaro Martinez, despite the Argentinian being a member of the team that won the trophy after beating France on penalties in a memorable final.
Martinez, who failed to score for Argentina in Qatar in 148 minutes of action across the entire tournament, was given a rating of just 6.35.
The Inter Milan striker was brought off the bench by Lionel 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 Holland’s goals in their opening Group A match
Mendy struggled for the African champions, who went out of the tournament in the last-16
Chelsea goalkeeper Edward Mendy has also been selected by Sofascore in their worst XI with a rating of just 6.30.
Mendy struggled for Senegal, who reached the last-16 before being knocked out by England, as his errors cost the African champions in their 2-0 defeat to Holland in their Group A opener.
The 30-year-old had lost his place as Chelsea’s No 1 prior to the tournament and his problems continued 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, takes the right back slot having been given a paltry rating of 6.50.
Kamil Glik and Bartosz Bereszyński of Poland, who were criticized for their negative tactics and displays in Qatar, and Senegal center back Abdou Diallo complete the back four.
United States right back Sergino Dest was chosen in the worst XI for Qatar by Sofascore
Jackson Irvine and Mathew Leckie of Australia were picked in the 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 thrilling final had finished 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 netted 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.
The worst-rated team from the World Cup in Qatar, as provided by Sofascore.com