THE WORLD CUP 2018 DREAM TEAM
Here is the 2018 Dream Team, selected by Goldman Sachs on the basis of an elaborate statistical analysis. The team is organised in a 4-3-3 formation. A head coach has also been selected. Joachim Löw of German was voted coach and Lionel Messi of Argentina was the top pick with 75 per cent of the votes
COACH: Joachim Löw (GER): With 60% of the votes, the experienced head coach of Germany was an easy choice for our clients after leading his team to the 2014 trophy.
David de Gea (ESP): The Manchester United keeper has dethroned Manuel Neuer between the sticks in the latest edition of the Dream Team with 45% of the votes, 15% more than the German.
Joshua Kimmich (GER): The promising Bayern Munich defender replaces Dani Alves at rightback: time to make way for the young!
Sergio Ramos (ESP): The only defender to keep his slot from the 2014 team. The experienced Spaniard was the top pick in defence with more than 60% of the votes.
Mats Hummels (GER): The German made the team only by a thin margin over his Bayern Munich teammate Boateng.
Marcelo (BRA): With nearly 60% of the votes, nobody came close to matching the claim for Marcelo at left-back.
MIDFIELD: Kevin De Bruyne (BEL): The Belgian was by far the top pick in midfield with more than 50% of the votes after his brilliant club season.
Toni Kroos (GER): The German outperformed his club teammate Luka Modric by only 25 votes and N’Golo Kante by 35 votes and will act as holding midfielder for the team.
Philippe Coutinho (BRA): Thanks to a strong season, first at Liverpool and then Barcelona, the Brazilian squeaks into the Dream Team ahead of Paul Pogba of France.
Lionel Messi (ARG): As in 2010 and 2014, the Argentinian is again the top pick among clients. Will this be the time he brings the cup back to the Albiceleste?
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR): The Portuguese star closely follows Messi in the votes, and will try to lead Portugal to victory after their 2016 Euro Cup success.
Neymar (BRA): Along with Messi, Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, the Brazilian was also in the 2014 Dream Team and was selected by almost 40% of clients.