The world cup 2018 finally ended and we saw the rise and fall of great teams as great players did their best to secure their teams' wins. The action began when the hosts took on Saudi Arabia on that Thursday and the action continued to the end on that Sunday when France clinched their title after a final match with Croatia. What you don't know is that there were great little known players that definitely make a difference during the tournament. Further outlined below is a list of players who you have never heard of before the world cup 2018.
1. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco)
Ziyech provoked anger in the Netherlands when he pledged his international allegiance to Morocco despite representing the Oranje at youth level, but the decision seems to have paid off for him. He heads into the World Cup after winning the Player of the Year award in the Eredivisie, scoring nine goals and providing 15 assists in 34 appearances for Ajax.
Morocco’s first World Cup finals match for 20 years was supposed to double as the stage on which Hakim Ziyech would justify his status as one of the most coveted young playmakers in European football. Unfortunately for the Eredivisie’s leading assist-maker, however, his team experienced a disastrous defeat in St Petersburg when playing against Iran.
Ziyech was the architect of much of Morocco’s good early play, at times linking well with marauding Watford winger Nordin Amrabat to send Iranian defenders backpedalling. One fierce shot across the face of goal also sparked the first genuine penalty area scramble of the World Cup.
On a few occasions Ziyech’s good work was undone by his teammates, with the momentum created by his passes and dribbles lost as soon as the ball left his feet. He did his best during the world cup but it was his teammates who clearly weren’t on the same page.
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