Recently, the World Football Federation (FIFA) and the World Professional Footballers Association (FIFPro) have announced the shortlist of the best team in the world in 2021. Although there are 8 in the striker line. name but Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was unexpectedly disqualified.
The best squad in the world without the Liverpool star
The defending champion of the Champions League last season – Chelsea club is the English team with the most names on this list. Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, midfield duo Jorginho, Kante and striker Romelu Lukaku are representatives from London. In particular, midfielder Jorginho is undoubtedly the most prominent person with two noble titles this year, UEFA’s Player of the Year for the 2020/2021 season and the 2021 Bronze Ball of France Football magazine.
The princes park team contributed four names including UEFA’s best goalkeeper of 2021 and best player of Euro 2021 – Gianluigi Donnarumma, Best Men’s Player of 2021 – Kylian Mbappe, Golden Ball 2021 Lionel Messi and striker Neymar.
Although not having impressive achievements in recent times, Barcelona club still surprisingly contributed four names including Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Jordi Alba and rookie Dani Alves. These are actually relatively confusing choices when most of them are already past the peak of their careers. Perhaps midfielder Frenkie de Jong is the best name because of his positive contributions in the midfield of the Camp Nou team.
The biggest regret on this list probably comes from the case of striker Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian star is shining brightly this season when contributing 22 goals and 9 assists in 25 appearances in all competitions. In the Premier League arena , Salah is also leading the list of goals and assists of the tournament. However, the striker who is on the payroll of Liverpool is suddenly not on the list of the best strikers.
In the example group, goalkeeper Alisson Becker, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and right-back Trent Alexander – Arnold are the names that appeared in the typical squad last year. The rival duo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo also look forward to their 15th appearance in the typical FIFA squad.
Defender Alphonso Davies, midfielder Virgil Van Dijk, captain Sergio Ramos and midfield duo Thiago Alcantara and Joshua Kimmich were among those who appeared in last year’s team of the year but were left out of this year’s shortlist. Center-back Ruben Dias after a great season with Manchester City club has made his first appearance on FIFA’s shortlist. Similar to the case of the Portuguese midfielder are goalkeeper Mendy and midfielder Jorginho.
The golden ball called out Lionel Messi’s name while Kylie Mbappe won the best male player award in 2021
Despite the controversy of the public about winning the golden ball this year, but Messi still fully deserves this achievement. The Goat was La Liga ‘s top scorer last season with 30 goals. Messi is also an important factor in Argentina’s journey to the throne at this year’s Copa America. After the final match, this superstar also won the two highest individual awards, Best Player and Top Scorer of the tournament.
The 7th Golden Ball also helps Messi become the first person in football history to do this. Thereby leaving the great rival Cristiano Ronaldo with 2 golden balls.
Although only ranked 9th at the Ballon d’Or award, young star Kylie Mbappe excelled in surpassing her seniors to receive the Globe Soccer Awards. This is also the first time the French Golden Boy has been honored in the category of the best male player of the year. Winning in this category also helps Mbappe regain some of his confidence after an unsuccessful year with the PSG club and the French team.
This is really a shocking event of the football village in the past year when the relationship between Messi and Barcelona officially ended after 20 years of attachment. The poor financial situation during the reign of president Josep Bartomeu was the reason why the Argentine legend had to leave his own home.
After the 2020/21 season, FC Barcelona suffered a loss of up to 487 million euros. On the Laliga side, they only allow the Nou Camp home team to pay up to 70% of salary revenue, if Messi continues to stay, this number will increase to 110%. Those are also the reasons why Messi, even though he still wanted to stay, had to sadly part with tears.
Although we have arrived at French club PSG, we have not yet witnessed Messi’s best form this season. It is also difficult for the Argentine superstar to quickly adapt to a completely new football environment.
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