Best Soccer Players of 2018- BY JOE SCHWARTZ Soccer

Best Soccer Players of 2018- BY JOE SCHWARTZ

Shop at SOCCER.COM

Best Soccer Players of 2018

POSTED ON DECEMBER 27, 2018

BY JOE SCHWARTZ


Who were 2018’s best soccer players? We’re glad you asked. It was a sparkling year for soccer, with 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ won by France and qualifying for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France™, Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League three-peat, Manchester City’s momentous Premier League performance and Atlanta United’s MLS Cup conquest.

Amid it all, a few standouts rose to the top and earned accolades in the form of 2018 Best Soccer Player awards from SOCCER.COM.

The envelopes please …

1) Best Women’s Soccer Player: Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan of the USWNT

Finalists: Lindsey Horan, Ada Hegerberg and Megan Rapinoe

Eighteen goals in 19 matches, with seven in just four games. A few of our favorite 2018 goals by Alex Morgan include the Tournament of Nations hat trick and the final goal to win the CONCACAF Women’s Championship aka qualifying for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France™.

In addition to grabbing goals, Morgan scooped the 2018 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year award, and our nod for the best women’s player of 2018. Hat tip to inaugural Ballon d’Or winner, Ada Hegerberg, whose class is endless and to Lindsey Horan, the NWSL MVP. Just as meaningful, Mia Hamm recently told SOCCER.COM that she’d liked to have played alongside Horan.

2) Best Male Soccer Player: Luka Modric

Luka Modric of Real Madrid

Finalists: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe

We get it Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fans, Luka Modric lacks the superhuman powers of your favorite players, but even the Michael Jordans of the world can’t win every MVP trophy. Consider Luka Modric our Karl Malone here — humble, skilled and a perfect sidekick.

The creative Croatian and Real Madrid man navigated an unprecedented and magical run to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ final, and steered Los Blancos to back-to-back-to-back UEFA Champions League crowns. Yup, three-in-a-row.

He rightly was awarded with FIFA Best Men’s Player honors and the first Ballon d’Or not belonging to CR7 or Messi since Kaka in 2007.

Now, Modric can add SOCCER.COM’s Best Male Player of 2018 to his trophy case.

3) Best American Soccer Player: Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic of USMNT

Finalists: Alex Morgan, Lindsey Horan and Zach Steffen

Some might argue that, given the match of which we shall not speak in Trinidad and Tobago, 2018 was a lost year for the USMNT. Not so. We’ll remember it as the year that Christian Pulisic took the captain’s armband for the Stars and Stripes, becoming the youngest in the team’s history to be appointed, breaking Landon Donovan’s mark.

Pulisic was a leader in a time of transition, and the fulcrum that powers the squad forward.

At club level, he helped Borussia Dortmund to the top of the Bundesliga table, six points ahead of Bayern Munich at the new year. All of it saw the kid from Hershey, Pa. finish second to only FIFA World Cup™ winner Kylian Mbappe in the first ever Kopa Trophy, which goes to the globe’s best teenage player.

4) Best Goal Scorer: Josef Martinez

Josef Martinez of Atlanta United

Finalists: Mohamed Salah, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

With all due respect to the European elites who fire past goalkeepers on the regular, no one was more prolific in 2018 than Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez.

He smashed the Major League Soccer all-time single-season record with ease, chipping and starring down Orlando City’s Joe Bednik to reach 28 goals with eight games to spare.

Martinez ended up with a total 35 goals in 39 matches, including the playoffs.

The 25-year-old Venezuelan sensation won the regular season MLS MVP, the MLS All-Star Game MVP and the MLS Cup MVP, where he bagged the winner.

5) Best Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker

Alisson and Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool FC

Finalists; David de Gea, Manuel Neuer and Jan Oblak

Jurgen Klopp apologized for running on the pitch to celebrate Liverpool FC’s last-gasp goal in the Merseyside Derby, claiming it happened before he could think. Make no mistake, though, there’s a reason he ran to Alisson, his prized goalkeeper.

Jurgen’s beloved Brazilian brick wall set a world-record when the Anfield outfit outlaid £65m on him last summer, a talking point at the time. Now he seems like a bargain.

“If I knew Alisson was this good, I would have paid more,” Klopp said after another game-changing stop and clean sheet that sent LFC through to the UEFA Champions League Knockout Rounds.

In 19 Premier League starts, Alisson has earned 12 clean sheets, and conceded just six goals. He cemented the foundation on which the Reds’ run to the top of the table has been built. We give him two gloves up.

via Best Soccer Players of 2018 | SOCCER.COM

Shop Now at SOCCER.com!

0 comments on “Best Soccer Players of 2018- BY JOE SCHWARTZ

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

El Paso, TX Doctor Of Chiropractic

Injury Medical Pain Treatment Clinic ®

IDEADECO

SEO | Social Media | Content Marketing | Web Design

Rusty's Midday Extravaganza

Radio stream.967theeagle.com

Hidemi Woods

Singer, Songwriter and Author from Kyoto, Japan.

thedihedral.wordpress.com/

Climbing, Outdoors, Life!

Bag Full of Rocks

My rocks are the memories from different adventures. I thought I would just leave this bag here.

How to be cool

Making People Cool and Author

Damyanti Biswas

For lovers of reading, writing, travel, humanity

Ailish Sinclair

Stories and photos from Scotland

InstaViewpoint

A picture tells a thousand stories!

CBS Philly

News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and Philly's Top Spots

The Warmest Real Estate Blog

from the Warmest Agents

Omnivore's Cookbook

Modern Chinese Cooking

SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ

Where The Eagles Fly . . . . Art Science Poetry Music & Ideas

Nashville Noise

All genre Nashville entertainment and lifestyle site.

Cynthia Reyes

The blog of Canadian author Cynthia Reyes

Golf Swing Tube

Learning By Doing

simple Ula

I want to be rich. Rich in love, rich in health, rich in laughter, rich in adventure and rich in knowledge. You?

Property Update

Real Estate Investing Advice & Strategies From Experts You Can Trust

LUCK-IT

The life survival kit that empowers you.

Organic Gardening Advice & Tips

Organic Gardening tips

Reflections on Leadership and Learning

Sharing my learning experiences

The Wordrobe

For the style seekers

P e d r o L

storytelling the world

Caitlin Jean Russell

Travel Tips, Photographs and Experiences

Matt B Comic

Lawn Care | Gardening Hacks | Yard Landscaping Ideas

The Power of Art

A Total Eclipse of the Art

CYNTHIA WEIRR

For Success,Wealth and Health In All Areas Of Your Life

Rain Coast Review

Thoughts on my life... by Donald B. Wilson

Golf Tips

Golf: rules, tips, stories and everything

Staying Fit and Healthy

Health, Wellness, Lifestyle, Spontaneity

irevuo

art. popular since 10,000 BC

WINDOWSHOPPI

REFINE WHAT DEFINES YOU

Face Depression

Depression, Mental-health, Mental illness, Life, Reality, Fight the Stigma. You Can Win This

eleisawifelife

The ups and downs and everything in between.

Keep it alive

A look at life, achieving good physical and mental health and happiness

The Keto Teacher Bae

A rockstar educator by day & fat-burning-meal-planning-cooking diva by night!

Mental Health @ Home

Building mental wellness on a foundation of strength

%d bloggers like this: