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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.

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