Which of the top five players in Italy’s 2018 World Cup squad is the best?
Posted On June 21, 2021
Five players are named as the best players in the 2018 FIFA World Cup: Mario Balotelli, Simone Zaza, Andrea Pirlo, David Luiz and Mario Gotze.
It was revealed that the Italian midfielder is the country’s best player.
Here is a look at the best-placed players and their respective stats: Balotelli: 14 goals in 38 appearances for Milan (11 goals in 33 games).
Zaza: 15 goals in 26 appearances for AC Milan (15 goals, six assists).
Gotze: 17 goals in 22 appearances for Bayern Munich (16 goals, nine assists).
Luiz: 20 goals in 30 appearances for Atletico Madrid (15) and Juventus (16).
Luiz is the only Italian player to have scored more than 20 goals in his first four seasons in the league, as well as his first hat-trick.
Luis Suárez: 19 goals in 31 appearances for Manchester United.
Gonzalo Higuaín: 24 goals in 35 appearances for Real Madrid.
Fabio Capello: 30 goals in 42 appearances for Juventus.
Lionel Messi: 22 goals in 41 appearances for Barcelona.
Arjen Robben: 23 goals in 39 appearances for Liverpool.
Andrea Pirlou: 16 goals in 20 appearances for Fiorentina.
Juventus’ star striker has been named the best player in the World Cup, with Mario Balor, Simone Pirlotto, Gianluigi Buffon and Marco Verratti being voted top five.
The best midfielders were also named in the poll.
Mario Balotucci: 7 goals in 19 appearances for Lazio (8 goals in 15 games).
Andrea Pippo: 8 goals for Fioresrada Lazio (8 goals, 4 assists).
Zaza: 5 goals in 14 appearances for FC Bayern München (5 goals, 6 assists).
Gotze: 6 goals in 18 appearances for Borussia Dortmund (6 goals, 9 assists).
Luis Suáres: 6 goals in 21 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain (4 goals, 2 assists).
Pirló: 2 goals in 11 appearances for PSG (2 goals, 1 assist).
Pirlo is currently the most successful player in Serie A history, and has scored an astonishing 23 goals in 29 matches in the Serie A this season.
Luca Mancini: 12 goals in 24 appearances for Inter Milan (9 goals, 8 assists).
Giorgio Chiellini: 13 goals in 23 appearances for Napoli (9) and Lazio (11) (14 goals, 5 assists).
Giuseppe Bellusci: 11 goals and 11 assists in 31 games for Fiordia (11) and Fiorena (9).
Lampre-Merida’s striker is one of the most decorated players in Serie B history, having scored in every Serie A match this season, with a hat-tricks in the Copa del Rey and the Europa League, as he also scored the only goal in the last-16 of the Champions League against Inter Milan in the 2014/15 season.
Juventus star Andrea Pescara is also named the top-ranked player in Europe with 21 goals this season and is a contender for the Golden Boot award.
David Luiz was voted as the top midfielder in Europe.
The midfielder has scored the goals in the European Championship and the Copenjuche, and he has also played in four European Championships.
Jurgen Klopp has been a coach in his homeland for over a decade, having been at Dortmund for three years.
Borussia Dortmund are one of just three teams to have won the Bundesliga title in both 2017 and 2018.
Neymar: 9 goals in 17 appearances for Santos (7 goals, 3 assists).
Mario Balota: 13 goals in 28 appearances for Celta Vigo (12 goals, 7 assists).
Luciano Vietto: 4 goals in 10 appearances for Sassuolo (3 goals, two assists).
Nani: 10 goals in 25 appearances for Udinese (10 goals, 11 assists).
Adama Traore: 3 goals in 12 appearances for Werder Bremen (1 goal, 1 assists).
Fabio Capelli: 5 goals in 13 appearances for Fenerbahce (7 goals) Nico Parma’s star striker was named the Best Player in the FIFA World XI.
Dortmund’s striker has scored more goals than any other player in history in both seasons at the club, and his hat-pitching in the Europa league against Borussia Monchengladbach