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5 members of the French national team who drowned after winning the 2018 World Cup

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5 members of the French national team who drowned after winning the 2018 World Cup

Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe

 The French national team won the 2018 World Cup . In the final match at the Luzhniki Stadium, France won 4-2 over Croatia through goals from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, and an own goal by Mario Mandzukic.

For France, this is the second title in a major World Cup tournament. They first won this title in 1998 at home.

After that beautiful moment, several French players weave success stories at club level. Kylian Mbappe won many titles with PSG. Kingsley Coman was a huge success at Bayern Munich.

However, there are several pillars that had led Les Blues to win the World Cup, but their performance dropped. Who are they? Let’s see the full review below,

Samuel Umtiti

Samuel Umtiti

Samuel Umtiti became France’s hero at the 2018 World Cup after his header in the 51st minute gave France a 1-0 win over Belgium. The result brought France to the 2018 World Cup final.

In addition to helping France win the World Cup, the 28-year-old has made an impressive performance record, starting six times and scoring one goal.

It turned with his performance at Barcelona. In the 2018/2019 season, Umtiti’s career slumped. Apart from having frequent problems with injuries and fitness, the presence of Clement Lenglet made him unable to compete.

Benjamin Mendy

Benjamin Mendy was part of the French national team when they won the 2018 World Cup. Overall, Mendy only appeared in one match. He played for 40 minutes when France faced Denmark in the group stage match.

Manchester City signed Mendy with a dowry of 52 million pounds (about Rp1 trillion) after performing brilliantly with Monaco. However, during his contract with The Citizens, Benjamin Mendy entered the examination room more often than the field.

Since the 2017/18 season, he has never been able to collect up to 20 games in the Premier League each season. He is currently in detention on charges of four rapes and one sexual assault.

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Thomas Lemar

Lemar was part of the France squad that won the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite only playing one game. When Lemar played, France were held to a draw by Denmark in the group stage.

The 26-year-old has had a difficult time since playing for Los Rojiblancos. Even in the 2019/20 season, Lemar went through 29 competitive matches with Atletico without being able to score or assist.

Those statistics are a slap in the face for an attacking midfielder like him. Lemar’s performance improved in the last 2021/2022 season. He played 34 games in all competitions, scoring four goals and providing six assists for Atletico.

Djibril Sidibe

Similar to Lemar, Sidibe recorded playing in just one match during the 2018 World Cup. He replaced Benjamin Pavard in the duel against Denmark, the last match of the group phase.

Sidibe’s career went uphill when he defended AS Monaco. He led Monaco to win Ligue 1 in the 2016/2017 season. The following season, he also performed well and was included in the 2022 World Cup squad.

After that, Sidibe tested his ability in the Premier League to strengthen Everton. However, Sidibe failed miserably at Everton. Now, the 30-year-old player is without a club after his contract was not extended by Everton.

Adil Rami

Adil Rami was a member of the Les Blues squad that won the 2018 World Cup, although he did not play at all during the tournament in Russia.

Adil Rami experienced a significant career decline after winning the 2018 World Cup. He is no longer the main choice at Marseille. Then, he had to travel to Turkey and Portugal to build a career.

“I could have had a better career if I had a better lifestyle. My biggest problem is food. I love to eat,” Rami told Le Figaro .

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