Messi and Ronaldo snubbed in L'Equipe's Team of 2021 as Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah tops list

Messi and Ronaldo snubbed in L'Equipe's Team of 2021 as Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah tops list

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:53 PM
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  • Lionel Messi has had a slow start to his PSG career scoring just once in the French league this season
  • English teams dominated the L’Equipe’s 2021 team as seven players from England based clubs are named on the list
  • Last season Champions League winners Chelsea have three players on the list more than any other team

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been snubbed from this year’s L’Equipe’s team of 2021 after both players were left out with Egyptian Mohammed Salah topping the list.

Messi and Ronaldo snubbed in L'Equipe's Team of 2021 as Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah tops list
Lionel Messi has just scored once in the league for PSG this season. Photo by John Berry
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Messi has had a slow start to life in France scoring just once in the league since making a summer transfer from Barcelona to PSG.

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo also failed to make the team despite scoring 14 goals in 22 games since returning to Old Trafford in August Sports Bible reports.

The list which was dominated by English-based players saw Chelsea having the most representation with Edouard Mendy, Ngolo Kante, and Jorginho making the list.

Liverpool and Manchester City both had two players on the list with Mohammed Salah and Trent Alexander Arnold for the Reds while Manchester City duo of Kelvin De Bruyne and Ruben Dias represented the Citizens.

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid joins the likes of Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, AC Milan’s Theo Hernandes, and Marquinhos of PSG to complete the line-up in a 4-4-2 formation.

Apart from Messi and Ronaldo, several other high-profile players to miss out on the place in the side, including the likes of PSG striker Kylian Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland.

PSG Star Mbappe Opens Year in Style With Hat Trick, Scores 150th Club Goal

Earlier Sportsbrief had reported France forward Kylian Mbappe opened the year in grand style as he netted his first hat-trick of 2022 as PSG secured a round of 16 birth in the Coupe de France on Monday night, January.

The striker scored all his three goals in a space of 17-minutes in the second half as he inspired a much-changed PSG side lacking the services of several key players with Neymar still out injured and Lionel Messi contracting Covid-19 into the next round of the French Cup.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..