L’Equipe is known for being a strict newspaper when it comes to frank statements. They recently refused to give Ousmane Dembele points after the Barca star was substituted right in the first half of the 2022 World Cup final.
Suffice it to say, if a player is voted for by L’Equipe, he is sure to deliver an impressive performance. Therefore, the review of this French newspaper site is worth a reference. The Mainland newspaper has just set up the best squad in 2022 when this is the last week of December.
In the squad of the year, they named three French players Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Theo Hernandez. Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick in the final in Qatar against champions Argentina, now has 55 goals for club and country. In addition to the World Cup runner-up title or the World Cup golden shoe, the striker also has a Ligue 1 championship medal.
Benzema is no less than his compatriots with 31 goals when winning the Champions League, La Liga as well as holding the Golden Ball. The last case of the Frenchman is Hernandez, the defender who promoted strongly at AC Milan and became an indispensable name on the left wing of the French team at the 2022 World Cup.
Hernandez also contributed to AC Milan’s first Serie A title in 11 years. In a year other left-backs like Andy Robertson, Alphonso Davies left little impression, Hernandez rose to become the best in his position.
Lionel Messi won a spot in this typical team after scoring 35 for PSG and Argentina in 2022. Besides Ligue 1, Messi also won the World Cup and became the best player in the tournament.
Notably, L’Equipe honored Premier League quartet Kevin de Bruyne, Kyle Walker, Casemiro and Virgil van Dijk in the team of the year. De Bruyne and Walker both led Manchester City to the 2021/22 Premier League title, beating Van Dijk’s Liverpool.
Casemiro joined Manchester United in the summer after helping Real Madrid win the Champions League. Despite being a rookie, he has integrated well at Old Trafford as well as impressed in the Brazilian shirt.
There are also two other cases of Real, Thibaut Courtois and Luka Modric, the duo who won La Liga and the Champions League. Most notably is the case of Modric, who made a big contribution to helping Croatia finish 3 at the 2022 World Cup. At the age of 37, Modric is still playing persistently and has not shown any signs of physical decline.
The last name voted by L’Equipe was Josko Gvardiol of Leipzig and Croatia. The star born in 2000 earned his place in the team of the year after emerging as one of the best central defenders in the world. Chelsea and Real Madrid are among the clubs keeping an eye on the Croatia international in the transfer market.
Lu Feng | 11:08 December 25, 2022