The “Man of the Match” award always causes heated discussions among football fans, including at the World Cup in Qatar.
While there has already been a Man of Games that a fan won’t bat an eye at, as was the certainty that this player deserved the award, there have also been some questionable ones.
Luka Modric was named Man of the Match in Croatia’s goalless draw with Morocco, despite a muted performance from the 37-year-old Real Madrid midfielder, while Kevin De Bruyne and Cristiano Ronaldo also received the big red Budweiser glasses despite other team-mates probably deserves more.
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But who decides who gets the award at the end of each game? We explain everything…
HOW DOES MAN OF THE MATCH WORK AT THE WORLD CUP?
Players are sorted in a list by minutes played, or alternatively, voters can filter results by team, position or simply search for player of the match.
As a rule, there is a maximum of one entry per person and per World Cup game.
Anyone of legal age may participate in the Contest provided they are registered, whether or not they are watching the game in question.
And as if being a part of football history wasn’t enough to whet the appetite, voters are also in the running to win a Polaroid photograph taken by one of the tournament’s players.
WHO HAS WON PLAYER OF THE MATCHES SO FAR?
Qatar 0-2 Ecuador: Enner Valencia
England 6-2 Iran: Bukayo Saka
Senegal 0-2 Netherlands: Cody Gakpo
United States 1-1 Wales: Gareth Bale
Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia: Mohammed Alowais
Denmark 0-0 Tunisia: Aissa Laidouni
Mexico 0-0 Poland – Guillermo Ochoa
France 4-1 Australia – Kylian Mbappe
Morocco 0-0 Croatia – Luka Modric
Germany 1-2 Japan – Shuichi Gonda
Spain 7-0 Costa Rica – Gavi
Belgium 1-0 Canada – Kevin De Bruyne
Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon – Yann Sommer
Uruguay 0-0 South Korea – Federico Valverde
Portugal 3-2 Ghana – Cristiano Ronaldo
Brazil 2-0 Serbia – Richarlison
DE BRUYNE VOID WITH PLAYER OF THE MATCH AWARD
“I don’t think I played a great game,” said De Bruyne.
“I don’t know why I got the trophy. Maybe it’s the name. That wasn’t good enough.
“We made it difficult for ourselves and stress crept into the team. There was more space than showed and we used the long ball too much.
“It has to get better, including me.”
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