Deserved? L’Equipe left out Mbappé and Messi from the best XI of 2021

Messi and Mbappé in the match against Nantes for Ligue 1.

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The prestigious French sports newspaper The team presented his ideal XI of 2021 on Tuesday and although Lionel Messi Y Kylian Mbappé, PSG footballers, had a good year of football performance, they did not manage to enter the gala line-up presented by the medium.

As explained by the portal of The team, the journalists of the French newspaper, web and channel were in charge of choosing the team members in an order of preference that distributed points.

Under this modality, the French striker Kylian Mbappé finished third in the voting by accumulating 428 points, six less than those accumulated on the 9 of Real Madrid Karim Benzema (434) and a little further from the most voted of the race: Robert Lewandowski (467).

For his part Messi, culminated in the seventh position of the forward with 184 points. Despite the fact that the star won the Copa América with Argentina this year, the media decided to be quite critical of his semester in Paris.

Lionel Messi is only seventh in votes of the writing of The team among the center forwards, a victim of high-level competition in this role, and had a very contrasting semester in Paris. The Copa América won during the summer with Argentina was not enough for the former Barça player, already absent in 2020 when he was in the eleven continuously from 2008 to 2019 ″, remarked the analysis of the sports newspaper.

For its part, the team’s midfield was made up of the creator of Manchester City Kevin de Bruyne (424), the Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah (383) and the Champions League champion Chelsea midfield Ngolo Kanté (431) and Jorginho (411).

Finally, in the defensive part, those selected were Marquinhos (379), Ruben Dias (328), Theo Hernández (147) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (178), who accompanied Edward Mendy (206) who was chosen as the best goalkeeper.

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