Cristiano Ronaldo is named in Qatar’s WORST World Cup squad after his nightmarish tournament for Portugal alongside a Chelsea star who flattered to cheat… but which victorious Argentine is also part of Sofascore’s XI?
- Data providers Sofascore have released their worst Qatar XI based on stats
- The team includes players like Cristiano Ronaldo, who struggled for Portugal
- Two Australians and an American player were also included in the XI
- A World Cup winner as well as a regular Chelsea starter made the squad
- 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 statistical worst XI of the World Cup after enduring a torrid spell for Portugal at the tournament in Qatar.
Ronaldo scored just one goal for his country and was dropped on the bench by Fernando Santos for their last-16 clash with Switzerland and shock quarter-final loss to Morocco.
The 37-year-old free agent reportedly threatened to quit the Portuguese side in a heated encounter with Santos after finding out he had been sent off for the game against Switzerland, 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 knocked out by Morocco in the quarter-finals
And Ronaldo’s misery was compounded by the fact that he was picked by stats provider Sofascore as part of their worst World Cup squad.
The worst team in the XI is based on Sofascore rating, which gives each player a score out of 10 for their performance in the tournament. To be included, players had to have made a minimum of four appearances in Qatar.
Ronaldo, who was spotted on the Real Madrid training ground as he looks to stay fit during his search for a new club, was named to the Sofascore squad after scoring just 6.46.
Lautaro Martinez was included in the XI despite lifting the World Cup with Argentina
The Portuguese striker is linked with Lautaro Martinez, although the Argentine was a member of the team that lifted the trophy after beating France on penalties in a memorable final.
Martinez, who failed to score for Argentina in Qatar in 148 minutes of tournament action, received a mark of just 6.35.
The Inter Milan striker has been brought off the bench by Lionel Scaloni in all but two of Argentina’s World Cup games.
He replaced Manchester City star Julian Alvarez after 13 minutes of extra time in Sunday’s final against France.
Senegal’s Edouard Mendy was blamed for both goals against the Netherlands in their Group A opener
Mendy struggled for the African champions, who exited the tournament in the round of 16
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was also selected by Sofascore in their worst XI with a rating of just 6.30.
Mendy struggled for Senegal, who reached the round of 16 before being knocked out by England, as his mistakes cost the African champions in their 2-0 loss to the Netherlands in the their opening game of Group A.
The 30-year-old had lost his place as Chelsea’s No.1 before the tournament and his problems continued at the World Cup – but he retained his place in the Senegal squad throughout.
Sergino Dest, who is under contract with Barcelona but on loan at AC Milan, takes the right-back position after receiving a paltry 6.50 rating.
Poles Kamil Glik and Bartosz Bereszyński, who have been criticized for their negative tactics and performances in Qatar, and Senegalese centre-back Abdou Diallo complete the semi-finals.
American right-back Sergino Dest has been chosen in Qatar’s worst XI by Sofascore
Australia’s Jackson Irvine and Mathew Leckie have been picked 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 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.
The lowest-rated team in the World Cup in Qatar, according to Sofascore.com