FIFA World Cup 2018 memories will not fade away any time soon because it was not only very successful but also entertaining. The fact that Germany could lose to Mexico and South Korea to finish bottom of their group was not only thrilling but also dramatic. African teams did not do well but the likes of Iran won many hearts in Russia. France won the trophy but that is just part of the story. Today, as we continue to accept the tournament is finally over, we want to look at another special record. The focus is most dribbles completed in a single World Cup because 2018 finals have delivered a new member. Let us see which position he takes in the top five. Courtesy of OptaJohan.
5. Mario Kempes- 38 Dribbles (1978)
Argentina lifted their first World Cup trophy in 1978. The hero this time was the legendary striker Mario Kempes. The forward netted two goals in the final to defeat Netherlands 3-1 in the final. He won the Golden Boot for scoring six times in the tournament. He was also named Best Player in the tournament to lift the Golden Ball award. The country sang his name until 1986 when Diego Maradona delivered another trophy in style. Kempes completed 38 dribbles in front of home fans. It was the second highest number then but Hazard, Messi, and Diego have so far overtaken him. The most important thing is that he lifted the trophy.
4. Eden Hazard- 40 Dribbles (2018)
Eden Hazard is the first half vs Brazil:
5 dribbles attempted
5 dribbles completed
— Hazard Stuff (@HazardStuff_) July 6, 2018
Belgium finished third in 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia this year. They defeated England 2-0 in third-place playoff on July 14th to take home the bronze medal. The Red Devils lost 1-0 in the semi-final to eventual champions France. The Golden Generation was expected to go all the way but Didier Deschamps outshined Roberto Martinez on the tactics table. One of the best performers in the tournament is no doubt, Eden Hazard. The Chelsea playmaker was involved in 7 goals in the tournament (3 goals, 4 assists). He also registered 40 dribbles which is now the fourth highest ever in World Cup history. EURO 2018 will be crucial for this team.
3. Lionel Messi- 46 Dribbles (2014)
Lionel Messi during this World Cup:
8 dribbles vs Iceland
5 dribbles vs Croatia
7 dribbles vs Nigeria
3 dribbles vs France
A total of 23 dribbles in 4 games! pic.twitter.com/DFNwY8ccXd
— Lionel Messi FanClub (@LMessifanclub) July 10, 2018
Lionel Messi scored only one goal in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. As we all know it was not enough to save his country from elimination by eventual winners France in the round of 16. In 2014, he had a better tournament but Germany won the title. The Barcelona star was named Player of the tournament but as we all know by now it is a consolation for losers. This does not mean the five times World Player of the year was not great. In fact, he completed 46 dribbles which is now the third highest number ever completed. He will be 35 years in four years time when the tournament is held in Qatar. He still has a chance to win it.