Revealed: The top five most creative players at the 2018 World Cup

Revealed: The top five most creative players at the 2018 World Cup

England defender Kieran Trippier has signed off an impressive World Cup finals by statistically being the most creative player at the tournament.

The 27-year-old defender, who operated as a right wing-back in Gareth Southgate’s 3-5-2 system, has been widely considered the Three Lions’ player of the tournament.

A relative newcomer to international football, having only made his debut in June 2017, Trippier would register his first England goal in the semi-final defeat against Croatia, but it was his creativity that caught the eye.

Across six appearances, having sat out the final group stage match against Belgium, he created no fewer than 24 chances for his teammates (with one of those leading to a goal).

Coming off the back of a productive season with Tottenham Hotspur, in which he created five Premier League goals and three in the Champions League, it comes as no surprise to see Trippier’s numbers so high.

But to be in front of Kevin De Bruyne, who has had to settle for joint-second place, is a truly amazing accomplishment, given the playmaker created the most chances in the Premier League last season, as well as the second-most in Europe’s top five leagues. Belgium’s creator-in-chief produced 23 chances this tournament, the same as Neymar (who played one game fewer).

Rounding off the top five are Luka Modric (16) and Eden Hazard (15): with the former claiming the tournament’s Golden Ball, while the latter clinched the Silver Ball accolade.