The pink star Lionel Messiworld champion and best player in Qatar with the national team he was the only Argentine included in the French sports newspaper’s ideal team of the season The Teamreleased this Saturday.
Messi was accompanied by the majority of players from real Madridincluding the Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtoisthe brazilian casemir (he went to Manchester United in England in the middle of the year), the Croatian Luca Modric and the French striker Karim Benzemafigures in getting the last one Champions League.
Meanwhile, the defender has been chosen from the French national team who lost the World Cup final with Argentina Teo Hernandez (Milan, from Italy) and the striker kylian mbappe (Teammate of Messi at Paris Saint Germain).
The “ideal 11” of the newspaper is completed by the English part Kyle Walker (Manchester City); the defenders Jorko Gvardiol (Croatia, Leipzig of Germany), Virgil Van Dijk (Netherlands, Liverpool of England) and the Belgian midfielder kevin debruyne (Manchester City).
11: Courtois; Walker, Gvardiol, Van Dijk and Hernández; Messi, Modric, Casemiro and De Bruyne and Modric; Benzema and Mbappe.
Messi is also the only Argentinian in the team chosen by readers through an online vote, in which the goalkeeper has gathered a good number of supporters Emiliano “Dibu” Martinez (He shared fifth place with Croatian Dominik Livakovic).
The eleven readers of L’Equipe went with Courtois; Achraf Hakimi (Morocco, PSG of France), Dayot Upamecano (France, Bayern Munich of Germany), Gvardiol and Theo Hernández; Modric and Jude Bellingham (England, Germany Borussia Dortmund); Messi and De Bruyne; Mbappé and Erling Haaland (Norway, Manchester City).
More criticism of Dibu Martínez
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira considers the Aston Villa goalkeeper’s celebration “stupid”. Emiliano Martinez ruined the victory of Argentina in the World Cup final.
Martínez was one of the main architects of the title won against France on penalties. Lui made a saving grace to Randal Kolo Muani in overtime and then saved Kingsley Coman’s shot in the shootout.
But then the Albiceleste goalkeeper was seen making an obscene gesture after winning the Golden Glove for the best goalkeeper of the Qatar tournament.
Later, during Argentina’s victorious parade in Buenos Aires, he was seen holding a doll with his face covered by a photograph of French striker Kylian Mbappéwho signed a ‘hat-trick’ in the final.
“Some of the pictures I’ve seen of the Argentine goalkeeper, I think belittle a bit what Argentina achieved at the World Cup,” said Vieira, world champion with France in 1998.
“I think they really didn’t need to. Sometimes you can’t control people’s emotional decisions. But it was a stupid decision by Martinez do it,” he added.
Martinez, 30, will return to Birmingham next week. His trainer Unai Emery is waiting for him there intend to talk to him about his controversial behavior.
“When you feel great emotion, sometimes it’s hard to control it,” Emery estimated in statements to reporters in England on Friday.
“I’ll tell him about the festivities next week. We are proud of him, he won the World Cup with his national team and it is something incredible,” added the Spanish coach.
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