6 Footballers Whose Reputations Took A Battering At World Cup 2018

Not an England player in sight for once!

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World Cup 2018 has been bloody brilliant so far. We've had unbelievable upsets, shocking late goals and VAR actually working too!

Many players have had phenomenal tournaments; Diego Godin has been a rock at the back for Uruguay, Luka Modric was undoubtedly the best all-round midfielder during the group stages for Croatia, and Harry Kane joined Geoff Hurst and Gary Lineker on the illustrious list of England players who have scored hat-tricks at the World Cup.

It remains to be seen whether they can continue this form throughout the knockout stages and get their hands on the trophy, but whatever happens, they'll always have highlights from this summer's tournament.

However, there have been some who spectacularly failed to live up to expectations. Worse still, they're leaving Russia with their reputations in tatters having flopped on the biggest stage of them all.

The World Cup is the place to enhance your footballing reputation and write your name into the history books as someone who stood up and was counted for their country. For these six footballers, they'll remember the 2018 World Cup for all the wrong reasons...


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