If you were like pretty much everyone in the world, you were probably let down by the fact that Croatia didn’t have their storybook ending in taking home first place in the 2018 World Cup. Sure, France had an amazing team and all that, and the contest’s youngest MVP player, Mbappé, even donated all of his winnings from the tournament to charity—so I guess it’s hard to be too upset with the competition’s end result.
And even though everyone played their hearts out (except Egypt, I mean, they went again Saudi Arabia and the results were just embarrassing), there was a clear winner this World Cup and it actually wasn’t even any of the teams. S
ure there’s a first, second, and third place result, but all of those accomplishments pale in comparison to the wonderful memes that sprung up as a result of this glorious tournament.
More than a few were thanks to Brazil’s Neymar.
Even if you’re not a fan of soccer, you probably saw the infamous Neymar roll.
But that didn’t stop people from going after the Brazilian star, roasting at him for his overly dramatic responses to being “hurt.”
Or instructing people on proper fire safety protocols, Neymar Jr. has got our backs.
Imagine if Neymar acted the way he does on the field in real life?
Someone actually went and turned his roll into a font.
Other sports got in on roasting him, too.
As well as children, who apparently find his excessive diving hilarious.
It was so bad, it became an entire internet challenge that everyone was getting in on.
Many football fans were both stunned and delighted to see Croatia make it to the final. Which made what happened to Nikola Kalinic the ultimate poetic justice.
Some people also made a pretty good point about the demographics of France’s national team.
This cartoon pretty much sums it up nicely.
“It’s Coming Home” became the rallying cry for English fans. So much so that the team’s coach, Southgate, even got this charming suit to rep that sentiment.
Things were looking good for the English national club…
But soon, “It’s coming Home” turned into “They’re going home.”
Thanks to Croatia’s brilliant performance in the semi finals.
Sure, the memes are a bit ruthless…
But hey, it’s all in good fun, fans are just taking the piss.
An English center-back Harry Maguire had this awesome photo snapped of him casually talking to a fan, resulting in this World Cup sub-meme.
The savings he must get from this trick are probably astounding.
OK, just two more Neymar ones real quick.
Another big upset was Spain’s loss to Russia in Penalty kicks.
Argentina football legend Diego Maradona watched his country’s team struggle through the World Cup.
Let’s just say that he got a little too into it.
Like, really into it.
Which had many people thinking it wasn’t him, but the Argentinian marching powder he managed to score in Russia.
Some moments didn’t even need to be meme’d – just pointed out.
Back to Argentina for a second – did you see the team’s coach?
Some people thought he was moonlighting as a reality TV star on a popular show…
During the World Cup final game, a few fans went onto the field (fully clothed), but people noticed that they weren’t heard from after that.
And people have some ideas why.
There was also a lot of talk about France’s VAR-assisted penalty “gift” and the early goal Griezmann scored in the final match.
And it was sad to see Croatia not win the match.
But at least Jack-Jack had his moment at the games.