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Messi is missing in AP's best 11 of the World Cup group stage



ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Imagine a team with Cristiano Ronaldo supporting Harry Kane by storm, Philippe Coutinho in midfield and Diego Godin in midfield.

This is the backbone of the group's top 11 players The World Cup stage selected by Associated Press staff for the tournament in Russia

Despite his excellent showing against Nigeria in a game that is essential to win, there was a lot to be done The five-time World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi, no place Argentina's fights have been spread so far, but many other high-profile footballers have made their reputation on the biggest stage.

We're going with a 4-3-3 formation that was most popular at the World Cup so far:

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GOALKEEPER

Alireza Beiranvand (Iran) – He's from homelessness and work in a car wash gone away, conceded against Morocco without conceding and repeatedly thwarted Spain until an unfortunate goal o when Iran almost sent Portugal home. Others made more parades, but keeping the Iberian powers on hold makes him unique.

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DEFENSE

Kieran Trippier (England) – A surprising choice as England's champion, the right-back receives the aggregate over line-mate John Stones for more chances than any other player in the first round of games and a constant Danger in 6-1 victory against Panama, support for one of the goals.

Ivan Strinic (Croatia) – A solid and reliable left-back, who calmed Messi's 3-0 win over Argentina and impressed Croatia in their opening win against Nigeria at both ends of the field. Two games, two goals.

Diego Godin (Uruguay) – The indomitable leader of the only defense at the World Cup to concede three goals. He confirms his status as one of the best center-backs in the world. Can he play against Ronaldo and Portugal in the second round?

Andreas Granqvist (Sweden) – He scored two penalties and led a defense that kept two goals against Germany, which narrowly went under, a strong showing the last few seconds

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MIDFIELD

Luka Modric (Croatia) – He was instrumental in beating Argentina and scored one of the goals of the tournament with a long-range shot. He also scored a penalty in the opening game of his team. An important reason why Croatia is considered a legitimate candidate for the title.

Philippe Coutinho (Brazil) – Finally, he has been consistently performing internationally, from his position as the most offensive of the three Brazilian midfielders. Even teammate Neymar was brought into the limelight by the long distance against Switzerland, the decisive first goal in the victory against Costa Rica. Paulinho's goal against Serbia with a beautiful ball.

Francisco "Isco" Alarcon (Spain) – He is Spain's most influential and impressive midfielder, which for him is an embarrassing asset in this area is creativity and superb technique. He also managed to go against Morocco in goal.

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FORWARD

Harry Kane (England) – top scorer of the tournament with five goals and a random hat-trick against Panama to two rapacious blows from close range against Tunisia. With the qualification in his pocket, he did not play the third game. The commitment of the English captain does not seem to be a burden.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – Is he the GOAT? Well, four goals in his first two games, including a hat-trick against Spain, have certainly increased his credibility in this debate. With his winning goal against Morocco, he became the second-highest scorer in the history of the men's game with 85 points. We forgive him the penalty shootout against Iran.

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) – He delivers for the first time the goods at an international tournament with his four goals – two against Panama and two against Tunisia – from a multitude in only two games. Like Kane, he has to repeat these achievements against tougher opponents, but has made an impressive start.

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