It’s a moment expected at the end of each World Cup match: the stadium announcer announces the name of the man of the match to the whole stadium. If since the start of the tournament, there had been little or no dispute over the name of the designated player (Valencia, Bale, Ochoa, etc.), this was not the case this Wednesday. In the early afternoon, when it was announced that Modric had been appointed man of the game of the meeting between Morocco and Croatia (0-0), the whole stadium, filled with more than 10,000 Moroccan fans, responded with… whistles. Not because Atlas Lions supporters don’t like the 2018 Ballon d’Or, but because this award just wasn’t deserved. Sofyan Amrabat, king of the in-between for 90 minutes, was the best man on the pitch.
Kevin De Bruyne elected man of the match… to his surprise: “Maybe thanks to my name”
After the Devils game, the protest was even more lively. Especially since it came from the main party, himself. “I am surprised to receive this trophy, because I do not deserve it. Maybe it’s because of my name, because I didn’t play a great game”, explained KDB, at a press conference, a few minutes after receiving the red trophy sponsored by the famous beer brand Budweiser (on sale only in fan zones and in VIP areas of stadiums). His distinction was all the more surprising because, just after the match, the stadium announcer had distinctly announced Thibaut Courtois as man of the match. Which was much more legitimate.
Perhaps the votes have been recounted in the meantime. Because you have to know that they come from three different sources. The designation of the man of the match is done by accumulating the votes on the official FIFA website, those on the FIFA twitter account (with the hashtag #ManOfTheMatch) and finally those of the official FIFA application. Voting is open from the first second of halftime until the last second of the match. In the event of a closed or unexciting match, it is therefore logical to see certain stars benefit from their popularity to obtain votes rather than through their performance. De Bruyne was proof of this on Wednesday.
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