In the morning of January 18 (Hanoi time), 11 names in the typical team of the year voted by the Professional Footballers Association (FIFPro) were revealed.
The typical squad this year has 3 defenders and is arranged in a 3-3-4 formation. This is the first time since FIFPro started the work of selecting the 11 best players in world football in 2005. Before that, the typical team of this organization was arranged by squad. 4-3-3.
Mendy received the best goalkeeper award, but the person featured in the typical team was Donnarumma.
FIFPro’s attacking choices were controversial when Mohamed Salah – one of the last three candidates for the title of The Best, was not present. Instead, Cristiano Ronaldo and Erling Haaland were chosen.
“It’s a FIFA joke,” the fan commented. Sharing the same opinion, account Terhile said: “FIFA tried to bring Ronaldo in by changing the formation from 4-3-3 to 3-3-4. It’s a pity for the right-backs to have a good performance. in the last year”.
In addition, fans pointed to many worthy names in this squad such as Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe or Antonio Rudiger, the central defender of the Champions League champions Chelsea.
Ronaldo and Messi continue to extend the record of having the most appearances in the most typical team (14 times). Meanwhile, Erling Haaland, Ruben Dias, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Kevin De Bruyne and David Alaba received the honor for the first time.
The success of Chelsea and Man City helps the Premier League become the tournament with the most players in the typical squad (5 people).
In the female typical team, FIFPro even crossed out the name of Alexia Putellas, the star who won the double award of The Best and the Golden Ball 2021.