The decision to award the “Best Young Player” of the 2022 World Cup to FIFA midfielder Enzo Fernandez has not been enough to convince the experts.
Best young player of the World Cup: Enzo Fernandez helped Argentina win 3 out of 4 noble individual titles at the 2022 World Cup. Since his spectacular goal against Mexico, Fernandez has built a solid starting position in the squad. South American representative. However, according to AS, FIFA is controversial when awarding this award to a player who is about to turn 22.
Teammate Julian Alvarez is considered to have a more impressive performance. The 22-year-old star of Man City scored 4 goals, playing an important role in Argentina’s play. In addition, Jude Bellingham also played more prominently than Fernandez when he became the conductor of England at the age of 19.
Other factors such as Azzedine Ounahi (Morocco, 22 years old), Aurelien Tchouameni (France, 22 years old) or Josko Gvardiol (Croatia, 20 years old) also performed very well in Qatar. Sportskeeda even ranked Gvardiol and Alvarez just behind Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann in the list of the best players of the 2022 World Cup.
However, statistics show that Benfica’s midfielder is really excellent. In the final, Fernandez led the stats for touches (118), successful passes (77) and tackles (10). While the young player category encountered mixed opinions, the other awards at this year’s World Cup all found worthy owners.
World Cup Best Player (Golden Ball): Lionel Messi scored 7 goals and had 3 assists in Qatar. He was the inspiration for Argentina to win the championship. Kylian Mbappe (France) and Luka Modric (Croatia) won the Silver Ball and the Bronze Ball respectively. In 2014, “El Pulga” was also the owner of this award even though Argentina lost 0-1 to Germany in the final.
World Cup top scorer (Golden Boot): Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick in the final. He closed the tournament with 8 goals and 2 assists, no player has a better scoring record. The PSG star became the first player since Sir Geoff Hurst in 1966 to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final. He successfully completed 2 penalties and launched a beautiful finish that dragged the game into extra time.
Best Goalkeeper (Golden Glove): Emiliano Martinez has a quality performance. He successfully saved 2 11-meter balls in the penalty shootout against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. Against France, the Aston Villa keeper also prevented Randal Kolo Muani from scoring in the final minutes. In the penalty shootout, Martinez once again pushed Kingsley Coman’s shot, making a great contribution to helping Argentina win the title.
Fair Play Award: England did not leave Qatar empty-handed. They were awarded the Fair Play award when they received only 1 yellow card in 5 matches. The only person who received England’s card was centre-back Harry Maguire, in the quarter-final defeat to France. “Three Lions” also left a beautiful image when giving gifts, autographs or jerseys to hotel staff where they were stationed before returning home.
Champion team: Argentina had an excellent performance and overcame many difficulties to win the 3rd World Cup. The 1-2 defeat to Saudi Arabia in the opening match was the basis for “Albiceleste” to change and progress to the final match.
Second place: France lost to Argentina but has a promising future. In the final, “Les Bleus” led 2 goals but equalized. They continued to equalize the score 3-3 in extra time. In the penalty shootout, Mbappe and his teammates were less fortunate. However, the achievement of reaching the final in two consecutive World Cups is truly remarkable.
3rd place: Croatia is in the transition period but shows an indomitable image that does not give up. They overcame Japan and Brazil in the knockout round in the context of many disadvantages. In the 3rd place match, the Balkan team defeated Morocco 2-1.