From Neymar’s diving antics to Modric’s tireless running, this world cup has seen it all. The greatest footballing competition hasn’t been short of shock exits as Brazil, Germany, Argentina, and Portugal all were shown the exit door.
No competition is complete without the on-field drama, nail-biting finishes, breathtaking solo moves and … memes.
In that same vein, we present to you our roundup of the best memes from the FIFA World Cup 2018.
“It’s Coming Home”
English fans have come up with the “It’s Coming Home” slogan. Looking at how far England has come during the tournament, the thought of the trophy really going to English soil doesn’t seem to be surprising anymore.
Just hold on, it’s coming home 🦁🏴 pic.twitter.com/7Jx3R8aocP
— george c (@ColeG_) June 29, 2018
No mum, I’m not coming home. It’s… pic.twitter.com/VdFHVoEfTI
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) July 3, 2018
HANDS UP IF YOU THINK FOOTBALL'S COMING HOME pic.twitter.com/8CkZLsD5ip
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) July 1, 2018
⚪️ a bird
⚪️ a plane
🔘 COMING HOME ITS COMING HOME ITS COMING, FOOTBALLS COMING HOME! pic.twitter.com/HmIvE9aLui
— Jake Spooner (@Jakespooner97) June 24, 2018
Harry Maguire Talks
A photo of English centre-half talking to his girlfriend went viral and became the perfect meme material. The defender himself decided to hand us a laugh or two as well.
“Can you ask the neighbours to put the bins out on Monday? We’re not going home just yet” 🏴 pic.twitter.com/s1g3P3jj34
— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 8, 2018
Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love? pic.twitter.com/a5b8UqDjv2
— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018
The Maradona Memes
The Argentine legend’s antics have always been in the news. And that was the case during this World Cup as well. He’s perfect meme material as you can see below:
Maradona unchained. pic.twitter.com/AbQR2IJa5L
— やれやれだぜ (@osk3ar) June 27, 2018
— Ptc Recargado Rating (@PtcRecargado) June 26, 2018
Neymar Can’t Stop Rolling
Neymar got trolled for his ‘juvenile’ display during the World Cup. He is the player who created the most chances for his team at the tourney, yet these chances didn’t amount to much most of the times. And then there’s that one moment where he just went down in a ‘legendary meme’ way:
— Shannon Sims (@shannongsims) July 11, 2018
— 𝔧 𝔞 𝔪 𝔦 𝔢 (@TweeterOfWhimsy) July 11, 2018
Neymar when he was young…😅😅 pic.twitter.com/nfj37zK81f
— sic doctor (@one_joj) July 11, 2018
— Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle) June 22, 2018
Lmaoo Poor Neymar won’t live this one down pic.twitter.com/q4yhnXh21I
— Eric Preciado (@_EricPreciado) July 2, 2018
And here is that #NeymarChallenge. 14 minutes is a long time and they say VAR wastes time?
Neymar spent close to 14 minutes on the ground during Russia 2018. Now, a new challenge has hit the internet. Football fans dive and roll dramatically to troll the Brazilian. #NeymarChallenge pic.twitter.com/CdZlgKe6Dr
— TRT World (@trtworld) July 11, 2018
Of course he was part of the memes, seeing as how the World Cup is being held in Russia. You can see the Russian President in memes here:
— amy (@amyampaire) July 7, 2018
When you beat your friend 5-0 in FIFA pic.twitter.com/q8zAluX2JD
— Bokoen1 (@bokoen1) June 14, 2018
The Senegal coach knows how to celebrate. And social media seems to agree.
Aliou Cissé is me when there's free food at work pic.twitter.com/n9cAyF58IC
— Dan Molloy (@DanMolloyTV) June 19, 2018
BIG BIG MOOD pic.twitter.com/ApUsuDCuB3
— amadí (@amadoit__) June 19, 2018
Aliou Cissé when Tony Meola talks like Senegal should just be happy to be here. pic.twitter.com/6qDzeWDvJB
— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) June 19, 2018
Alisson Bursts the Balloon
Alisson burst a balloon and we had unlimited meme supply. Here are a few honorable mentions.
Alisson is life. The ball is my dreams. pic.twitter.com/yWra2xAMPp
— André Noruega (@AndreOstgaard) June 17, 2018
— How The Quinnch Stole Christmas (@alxqnn) June 17, 2018
Wait for it.
— Martin Charquero (@MartinCharquero) June 17, 2018
Michy Batshuayi, aka Batsman, tried celebrating Belgium’s goal and it didn’t go exactly as planned.
Batshuayi to come on… or is he still suffering from that kick against the post in celebration 😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/sJn1QZwAlm
— Rate the Ref (@RateTheRef) July 10, 2018
Spoke with U11's last night about what moments in latest round of World Cup they wanted to talk about. They picked 3 top ones –
1) Pavard's goal
2) Japan losing in last min (with extra time almost there)
3) Batshuayi's "celebration" 😂
— Griller Monsoon (@Russcher) July 4, 2018
There are still two matches left before the World Cup ends so expect the meme factory to keep churning out good ones.
Which World Cup meme was your favorite? And why?