Neither Lewandowski nor Ronaldo: Which XI players make L’Equipe’s Team of the Year for 2022?

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The French newspaper L’Equipe have unveiled their 2022 Team of the Year as we reach the last week of the year, and big names like Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo were left off the list. Here, find out which XI players made the cut.

Which footballer was considered the best in the world in 2022 is a hotly debated topic among fans around the world. As Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, two of the best of this generation, retire, new stars emerge to capture the public’s attention.

The best possible end to 2022 came with the World Cup. Argentina and France were undoubtedly the two best teams in this tournament. Argentina hero Messi and Kylian Mbappe are the only two players at the tournament to receive a five-star rating and have been nominated for player of the tournament more times than any other player.

A lot of things went wrong and right during this year’s World Cup in Qatar, but the great performances of a few players will be remembered the most. It would be easy to talk about how other tournament goalscorers pale in comparison to Messi, but there have been many other individuals who have improved their performances this calendar year.

Which players are named in L’Equipe Team of the Year for 2022?

Seeing as how we are about to approach the last week of 2022, the French daily L’Equipe have already released their Team of the Year. As could be anticipated, the roster is stacked with A-listers like Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, World Cup winner Lionel Messi, as well as World Cup runner-up Kylian Mbappe.

With three players, Real Madrid have the highest representation of any club in the starting eleven. With Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, his squad swept through La Liga and then defeated Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League Final. Two of Benzema’s Whites colleagues, Thibaut Courtois and Luka Modric, also earned their spots in the starting eleven.

The Paris Saint-Germain combination of Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe is, of course, featured. In addition, three English clubs—Manchester United and City, and Liverpool—are all featured in the list. However, L’Equipe‘s 2022 squad has some surprising selections, including Virgil van Dijk and Kyle Walker.

Casemiro, a midfielder recently acquired by United, and Kevin de Bruyne of the Citizens fill in the remaining midfield positions. Josko Gvardiol of Croatia and Leipzig rounded out the XI, while Theo Hernandez of France and Milan, played a pivotal part in both his teams’ successful year.

L'Equipe's Team of the Year for 2022. (L'Equipe)
L’Equipe’s Team of the Year for 2022. (L’Equipe)

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