Last Updated on 12/01/2022 by てんしょく飯
As the Qatar World Cup enters the final stages of group play, there are players who have been outstanding in their respective games.
Messi, who has caught up to Maradona’s World Cup goal tally, is No. 10!
The so-called “Power Rankings” rank these players based on a number calculated using a unique method based on various data, and STATS PERFORM, an international sports media company based in the United States, has compiled the “Player Power Rankings The top 10 players after the first two group league matches were ranked by STATS PERFORM, a U.S.-based international sports media company, based on individual performances calculated from data collected in each match by the data site Opta.
At No. 10 is Lionel Messi of Argentina. The 35-year-old captain, who brought his country its first victory over Mexico after losing their first match against Saudi Arabia, said: “The Albiceleste superstar scored a great middle strike in a state of heightened nerves after a tetchy first half. Only Gabriel Batistuta (10 points) is above him in catching up to Diego Maradona’s World Cup tally of eight,” the media outlet wrote.
In ninth place is Theo Hernandez, who “put in an impressive performance for Didier Deschamps’ team (France)” and “created five chances, the most in the match (against Denmark), one of which was an assist for Kylian Mbappe’s first goal,” as well as in attack. He had the most touches on the ball in France (87) and made all three of his tackles.
In their first match against Serbia, Brazil’s Ricciarlison scored two goals, including a spectacular bycicle, to top the standings after the first round, but in the following match against Switzerland, he “made five passes, the fewest among the starters, and two shots failed to find the target,” a poor result that dropped him to 8th in the standings this time. The team dropped to 8th place in the standings.
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The Swiss goalkeeper Jan Sommer, who was in front of the Brazilian, is in seventh place: “After making five saves against Cameroon, the defender was finally beaten by an unexpected shot from Casemiro, who also made four saves against Brazil. Next in sixth place was Cody Gacupo (Netherlands), who “continues to shine on the world’s biggest stage. He became only the second Dutchman to score goals in two consecutive World Cup matches, following Memphis Depay in Brazil 2014,” and later set a new record of three in a row with a goal in the third match against Qatar.
Fifth was Alex Sandro (Brazil). The solid left back of the “Seleção” won 11 duels, the most of any player, against Switzerland. He also attempted seven tackles, four more than the second-placed player,” and was praised by the media as “an excellent defensive show.
The next best player was Portugal’s Bruno Fernandez, who scored two goals against Uruguay to advance to the finals. The Manchester United midfielder has scored seven goals in 11 appearances for the national team this year, more than twice as many as ace Cristiano Ronaldo (three goals). The media outlet wrote, “He seems to be trying to shed the ‘substitute’ tag of Ronaldo.
The third best player is Cho Kyu-sung of South Korea, who scored two goals in a thrilling match against Ghana. The 24-year-old became the first South Korean player to score more than one goal in a single World Cup match and the first Asian player to score two headed goals in a single game,” the media outlet noted.
Second place went to Poland’s Wojciech Szczesny, who made a crucial penalty stop against Saudi Arabia to help his country win its first-ever World Cup. According to the media, he made five saves in the match, including this offensive one. He has not allowed a goal so far, including a scoreless draw against Mexico in their first match.
As long as he is unstoppable, France is confident of retaining the title.”
And finally, the number one spot went to the young French ace, Mbappe, just as in the ranking at the end of the first section. The Paris Saint-Germain forward almost single-handedly gave France a 2-1 victory over Denmark. The Paris Saint-Germain forward almost single-handedly gave France a 2-1 win over Denmark, moving him up to 31 goals for the national team alongside Zinédine Zidane and seventh on Les Bleus’ all-time scoring list.
Mbappe has topped all the other categories in the tournament: shots (13), shots from the penalty spot (11), expected goals (2.3 xG), and touches of the ball in the penalty area (29). He also created five chances for his teammates.”
The media also noted that the 23-year-old is the standout performer at the moment, saying, “When Mbappe is brilliant in attack, no matter how good the other players are, they are less impressive,” and “As long as he can’t be stopped, France are confident of retaining the title. “As long as he cannot be stopped, France is confident of retaining the title. How much longer can the fearsome prodigy’s momentum be sustained?