1. France win the World Cup
Les Blues beat Croatia 4-2 in a high scoring affair filled with drama, VAR controversy, and a dominant second-half performance by the French. Scoring a goal in the World Cup final at 19? Step up monsieur Kylian Mbappé.
— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 15, 2018
2. It’s Coming Home
The (football) song of the summer. It ultimately wasn’t enough to spur England to win it all, but it did manage to make Three Lions fans dream again. The song went #1 in the charts, and #1 in our hearts.
ITS COMING HOME!!!!! pic.twitter.com/4IhRMQb7XU
— Clair Hayley Norris (@clair_norris_) July 3, 2018
3. Tribute to Appie Nouri
Nouri is currently able to breathe and non-verbally communicate with family members after suffering a cardiac arrhythmia in 2017, whilst playing in a preseason friendly for Ajax. Although he won’t be able to step on the pitch once more, former teammates like Justin Kluivert at Roma and Napoli’s Amin Younes now wear #34 in the back of their jerseys to honor him. Real friends.
— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 12, 2018
4. Barca humiliates Madrid 5-1
The last Clásico of 2018 was the first matchup in over a decade to not include both Messi and Ronaldo. A hat-trick by Luis Suarez and strikes by Coutinho and Vidal ensured Barca got the better of their biggest rivals. No Messi, no problem.
— Football Tweets (@FutballTweets) October 28, 2018
5. Dortmund humble Bayern
Bayern Munich’s monopoly of the Bundesliga just might end this season. Dortmund currently hold a six point lead over the Bavarians, and their last matchup was an enthralling one. BvB twice came from behind to beat Bayern 3-2 at home, as super sub Paco Alcacer’s 73rd minute strike did the job for the hosts. Cometh the hour, cometh the man.
Dortmund 3-2 Bayern FT:
Pass accuracy: 80%-84%
Chances created: 7-8
An incredible Der Klassiker as Dortmund beat Bayern thanks to goals from Reus and Alcacer. pic.twitter.com/6Jb6IuCL8u
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 10, 2018
6. Ada Hegerberg achieves history
Hegerberg became the first footballer to be awarded the Ballon D’or Féminin in 2018. Still only 23, she has scored 120+ goals for Olympique Lyonnais and helped her side win THREE straight First Division and Champions League titles. What a talent.
— Ada S Hegerberg (@AdaStolsmo) December 17, 2018
7. Mourinho gets the sack
It happened. It finally happened. Following a topsy-turvy three season helm in Manchester, Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United after 17 league games. A prolonged poor run of results made it clear the Portuguese was not the right man for the job. His replacement Ole Gunnar Solskjær has managed to bring back the attacking football that’s been synonymous with the club. Time will tell whether United can turn this season around.
8. Messi voted 5th best player
Perhaps not winning the Champions League derailed Messi’s chances of winning the Ballon D’or. In terms of pure individual skill and quality however, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind Messi is the best. 5th is the new 1st…
The leading scorer in Europe’s top 5 leagues in 2018 was Messi with 47 goals. The most assists made in Europe’s top 5 leagues in 2018 was Messi with 26. He also scored directly from more freekicks than anyone in the history of Europe’s top 5 leagues. 5th in Ballon d’Or. 👍🏻
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 31, 2018
9. CR7 leaves Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo’s future in Madrid was uncertain after his post-match comments following Real Madrid’s Champions League final win over Liverpool. Ronaldo did indeed leave the Spanish side for Turin, and based off his instant impact at Juventus, he’s picked up right where he left off in the summer.
It's been an impressive start in Italy for Cristiano Ronaldo… 💪 pic.twitter.com/UixNFANkCS
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 29, 2018
10. Gareth Bale lights up the Champions League Final
When Cristiano Ronaldo scored THAT bicycle kick against Juventus in the Champions League, many thought they’d seen the goal of the tournament. Instead, Gareth Bale said “hold my beer” and came off the bench to score an even better bicycle kick. The goal was worthy of winning any match, let alone the Champions League Final.
— :الزعيم العالميي Mshary99 (@Mshary_hee) December 24, 2018
11. South Korea dump Germany out of the World Cup
Germany came into the World Cup as holders and one of the favorites but left Russia as the laughing stock of the tournament with only one win to their name. The biggest disappointment of all is how Toni Kroos’ last-second free kick against Sweden got overshadowed by humiliation at the hands of South Korea. They truly bottled it.
🇫🇷 1998: France WIN World Cup
🇫🇷 2002: OUT in Group Stage
🇮🇹 2006: Italy WIN World Cup
🇮🇹 2010: OUT in Group Stage
🇪🇸 2010: Spain WIN World Cup
🇪🇸 2014: OUT in Group Stage
— Terry Sazio 🏴🇮🇹 (@sazio1984) June 27, 2018
12. River Plate beat Boca Juniors at the Bernebau
For the first time ever, a Superclásico between bitter rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors decided the Copa Libertadores Final. The first leg was rescheduled due to a waterlogged pitch. The real controversy was yet to come however. The return leg was played almost a month later after River fans attacked Boca’s team bus while making its way to the stadium, injuring three Boca players in the process. Some called for Boca to be awarded the trophy, but CONMEBOL decided to stage the second leg in Madrid at the Santiago Bernebau. River came from behind to win the final 3-1 in extra time, wrapping up what surely was the most bizarre final of 2018.
⌚ 19.02 hs. | Final del partido en el Bernabéu: River 3 – Boca 1
— River Plate (@RiverPlate) December 16, 2018
featured image credit BBC