2018 – A roundup of sporting excellence
2018, a year that will long live in the memory of footballing fans from all around the world. The best tournament in the world was brilliantly hosted by Russia and will be fondly remembered as the summer, football came home.
Yes, England finished fourth, but, it was an unforgettable tournament for all England fans that made us fall madly in love with international football again.
“Football’s coming home” has been the rallying cry even after the World Cup ended, as England qualified for the finals of the new UEFA Nations League while claiming some bittersweet revenge against Croatia.
Highlights of the past year
- Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to claim their third straight Champions League Trophy.
- Cristiano Ronaldo finishes as the Champions League top scorer for the sixth season running. (But, transfers to Juventus for £99.2m)
- Man City win the Premier League while breaking seven records, including the first team in PL history to reach 100 points.
- Germany crash out of the World Cup Group Stage for the first time in 80 years!
- France wins the 2018 World Cup, defeating Croatia 4-2 in the Final.
- Luka Modric wins the 2018 FIFA Ballon d’Or. The first player other than Ronaldo and Messi to win for ten years! In fact, Messi somehow finished fifth, with Ronaldo finishing second.
New Betting Sites 2019
Sadly, there is no standout International tournament in 2019, but we will see the finals of the UEFA Nation’s League take place and the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
England are joint-favourites with Portugal to win the Nations League at 3.00, while the Netherlands are at 4.35 and Switzerland are 7.5.
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Messi vs Ronaldo 2019
The two biggest names in world football are not playing in the same league for the first time in nine years! But, there is every chance they will meet in the Champions League with both Juventus and Barcelona qualifying.
Both are still playing to a ridiculously high standard with Messi sitting as La Liga’s top scorer on 14 goals and 10 assists despite being out for a few weeks with a forearm fracture.
Ronaldo is currently the second highest scorer in the Serie A with 11 goals and five assists, despite not scoring in his first three matches.
But he is far behind in his Champions League scoring tally, with just one goal in the group stages while Robert Lewandowski tops the list with eight goals for Bayern Munich.