6 Footballers Whose Reputations Took A Battering At World Cup 2018

6. Bernardo Silva

By Кирилл Венедиктов [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Granted, Silva was probably one of the best players for Portugal in their last-32 match against Uruguay, but aside from that he had an incredibly disappointing tournament.

A sensation in Pep Guardiola's record-breaking Man City side, the midfielder failed to produce a goal, shot, assist or key pass during the group stage, having been tipped by many to assist Cristiano Ronaldo in dragging Portugal to the latter stages of the World Cup.

Lacklustre, lethargic performances saw him substituted against Spain and Morocco, and the 23-year-old lost his place in the starting line-up for the final group game against Iran.

Silva failed to bring cohesion to the Portuguese attack, was wasteful in possession and disappeared in the moments when his country needed him most.

He heads back to the Etihad needing to hit the ground running at the start of next season if he's to demand a first XI place for the champions.


Lanky, specky, ginger bloke who loves all things wrestling, football and quiz related. The man who invented the #BloodyGoodQuiz.