As one of the players from Argentina and the Worst XI from the tournament, Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup has only gotten worse.
After his longtime adversary Lionel Messi won the World Cup, Ronaldo is currently without a job and tending to his bruised feelings.
For many, Messi’s triumph on Sunday, in which he scored twice and successfully converted his penalty in the shootout, put an end to any argument over who the greatest player of all time is.
Some claim that prior to winning the Copa America and World Cup in consecutive years, his lack of international success had hindered him.
It wasn’t the World Cup that Ronaldo would have preferred, especially because it was likely to be his last chance to win it.
He became the first man to score in five of them, but was benched for Portugal’s knockout matches and failed to add a goal when coming on as a substitute in either the last 16 or quarterfinal, meaning he is yet to score in a World Cup knockout game.
Despite Fernando Santos’ teammate praising him as the man you’d rely on to score a goal, he was unable to make a difference when he entered the game against Morocco, and his team lost.
Using the ratings for each game from Sofascore, the former Manchester United striker has now been included in the Worst XI from Qatar, making his situation much worse.
Surprisingly, the 37-year-old’s striking partner in the squad is a World Cup champion, with Lautaro Martinez of Argentina also making the squad based on statistics.
Only one goal was scored by Ronald during the tournament—a penalty against Ghana—and it was claimed that he had cheated to get the penalty in the first place.
Martinez, despite taking first place in the competition, had a miserable experience in the Middle East, beginning in Lionel Scaloni’s preferred lineup until being finally replaced by Julian Alvarez.
The Manchester City striker, who scored twice in the semi-final, had a far better experience playing with the side and helped it become a stronger offensive threat.
Martinez entered the game for the championship, but his struggles persisted. He missed a few opportunities, including a header at the very end of extra time.
Although the Inter Milan attacker was not required for the shootout, he may have been the next man up if France had not missed two of their penalties.
The other standout player on the squad is goalkeeper Edouard Mendy of Senegal, an African country that was eliminated by England in the round of 16.
The Chelsea goalkeeper has had a particularly bad few months. He made several high-profile errors and lost the starting job to Kepa Arrizabalaga before the Spaniard got hurt.
All of these athletes will be relieved that the domestic season is beginning so quickly and that they can put their problems in Qatar behind them.