Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi should not have been included in ’s world team of the year, Liverpool star says

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi should not have been included in ’s world team of the year, Liverpool star says

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi should not have been included in FIFA’s world team of the year.

That’s according to Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

FIFA announced the line-up — which is voted for by fellow professional players from around the world — at “The Best FIFA Football Awards” in Milan on Monday, September 23.

The XI consisted of a number of familiar faces, including Messi and Ronaldo, both of whom have made the cut every year since the award’s inception in 2016.

Wijnaldum, who scored Liverpool’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Saturday, however, believes neither should have made the team this year, and instead should have been replaced by two of his own teammates — Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

“Different players have their own opinions,” Wijnaldum told The Athletic. “I think for some they probably just wrote down what they regard as their best XI rather than who the best XI was over the course of the year, which is different.”

Wijnaldum Liverpool fc beat Barcelona comeback

Georginio Wijnaldum.
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Wijnaldum added: “Ronaldo and Messi will always be there even if they haven’t had a great season. Maybe it needs to change. There are players who should

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A referee accidentally scored a goal during a Dutch soccer game, then caused outrage by refusing to disallow it

A referee accidentally scored a goal during a Dutch soccer game, then caused outrage by refusing to disallow it
  • Referee Maurice Paarhuis scored during a Dutch fourth tier game in May, and then allowed the goal to stand.
  • Home side Harkemase Boys were leading 3-1 when Paarhuis scored for visitors HSV Hoek to make it 3-2.
  • Fortunately for the Dutch official, his goal would have no impact on the final score, with Harkemase going on to win 4-2.
  • The calamitous goal resurfaced on Twitter this week. You can watch it below.
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Soccer referee Maurice Paarhuis showed off his remarkable striking instincts in a Dutch fourth tier game between Harkemase Boys and visitors HSV Hoek back in May.

Footage of the official getting a little too close to the action and poking the ball in the back of the net resurfaced on Twitter this week.

Hoek were 3-1 down at the time but on the attack, when the ball was whipped across the box and a messy

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A former amateur soccer star has now scored more Premier League goals than Cristiano Ronaldo ever did, and in less games

A former amateur soccer star has now scored more Premier League goals than Cristiano Ronaldo ever did, and in less games

Just over nine years ago, Jamie Vardy was playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels in the seventh division of English soccer.

On Sunday afternoon, his two goals in a 5-0 win against Newcastle United for Leicester City saw him surpass Cristiano Ronaldo’s scoring record in the Premier League.

Vardy’s brace, the first a trademark finish from inside the box and the second a header, took his total in England’s top division to 85 goals, one more than Ronaldo’s 84.

More impressively however, is the fact that Vardy, who only made his first Premier League appearance at the age of 27, has done so in fewer games than the five times Ballon d’Or winner.

While it has taken the English hitman just 183 games to hit that lofty total, it took Ronaldo 196 games to get one less with Manchester United between 2003-2009.

Vardy’s 85 goals also means he has now managed as many as former Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and F

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Christian Pulisic is a ‘poor fit’ for Chelsea, and should consider leaving the club at the end of the season, ESPN pundits say

Christian Pulisic is a ‘poor fit’ for Chelsea, and should consider leaving the club at the end of the season, ESPN pundits say
  • Christian Pulisic is a “poor fit” for Chelsea, and should consider leaving the club at the end of the season, according to ESPN pundits Shaka Hislop and Craig Burley.
  • Pulisic has struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since his $73 million move from Borussia Dortmund, spending four of the club’s last five games on the bench.
  • “This whole transfer, from the time it was announced, just seemed like a poor fit,” said Hislop.
  • Burley added: “If you’re not playing regular, you’ve got to assess how your next year is going to pan out.”
  • Pulisic has admitted his own frustration at the lack of game time. “I just have to continue to learn,” he told NBC Sports.
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Christian Pulisic is a “poor fit” for Chelsea FC and should consider leaving the club at the end of the season, according to ESPN pundits Shaka Hislop and Craig Burley.

Pulisic signed for Chelsea in a $73 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund in January, but didn’t join up with his new teammates until the summer.

But since doing so the USA starlet has struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge and, in recent weeks, has found himself consigned to the substitutes’ bench. Club manager Frank Lampard has not selected him in four of the last five games.

Pulisic’s only start in September came against Grimsby Tow

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Virat Kohli: Lionel Messi a ‘Freak’ but Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Most Complete Player’

Virat Kohli: Lionel Messi a ‘Freak’ but Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Most Complete Player’

















































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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi: Is their era of dominance heading towards its end?

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi: Is their era of dominance heading towards its end?
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could both be in Champions League action this week – Juventus play Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday and Barcelona face Inter Milan on Wednesday

Seven weeks into the season, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have scored only three club goals between them.

The pair have dominated football for the past decade, with a combined 1,369 goals, 10 Ballons d’Or and nine Champions League titles.

But with Barcelona and Argentina’s Messi, 32, suffering from multiple injuries already this season and Juventus and Portugal forward Ronaldo, 34, no longer winning golden boots, are we witnessing the beginning of the end of the pair’s era of dominance?

Has the decline started?

Nothing lasts forever. This is the first time since 2005-06 they have scored fewer than five club goals combined by 30 September.

Last season was the first time in 11 years that neither won the Ballon d’Or – although Messi did win the recent Fifa player of the year award.

Messi has played 476 games in all competitions since the start of 2010-11, more than anybody else in Europe’s top five leagues. Ronaldo is third on that list on 452.

But the Argentine has played a total of 90 minutes during his side’s seven La Liga games and is already on his second injury of the season – although he could potentially return against Inter Milan on Wednesday.

While Messi has had problems throughout his career – he has only ever had one injury-free season – he usually does not miss too many league games.

Even if Messi plays all remaining 31 La Liga games, it will be the joint fewest he has managed since 2013-14. If he misses another three across the season it will be the fewest since 2007-08, before he entered his goal-a-game form.

He still had a phenomenal season last year, with 51 goals in 50 games helping him win the FIFA award. But only 120 minutes – and no goals – this season will be concerning to Messi fans.

The amount of games Ronaldo – who has also had an injury this season – has played has dipped each season since 2014-15, with his goal tally largely falling too.

Last season’s 28 goals in 43 games would be great by nearly anyone else’s standards – but it was his worst goalscoring season since leaving Manchester United.

It was the first time since 2011-12 he had not won or shared the Champions League golden boot. And he was only the fourth top scorer in Serie A – five behind a player two years his senior, Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella.

But despite the relative slowdown, there are still goals left in Ronaldo’s legs – he has scored eight in as many games for club and country this season, including one against Spal on Saturday.

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Ronaldo can take comfort from the fact most of the top-scoring older players in recent years have been in Italy.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has never voted for Lionel Messi as one of the world’s top 3 soccer players

Cristiano Ronaldo has never voted for Lionel Messi as one of the world’s top 3 soccer players

Cristiano Ronaldo has never voted for Lionel Messi as one of the top three soccer players in the world at either the “FIFA Best” or “Ballon d’Or” awards.

Messi scooped soccer’s most prestigious individual prize on Monday night when he was voted “The Best FIFA Men’s Player” for the first time.

The award, formerly known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or, is voted for equally by four separate groups — national team coaches, national team captains, media representatives, and the public — who each represent 25% of the final poll.

As per tradition, following this year’s ceremony in Milan, the full breakdown of voting was released by FIFA.

The document shows that Messi voted for Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Ronaldo, and Dutch youngster Frenkie de Jong as his top three players, while Ronaldo chose to omit the Argentine from his line-up, instead opting to vote for Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, and Kylian Mbappe.

This means Ronaldo continued his trend of ignoring Messi in his vote for the top three players in the world — something he has done for nearly a decade.

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Messi collects record 6th player of the year – ESPN

Messi collects record 6th  player of the year – ESPN

Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo to win FIFA’s The Best award, which is given to the top men’s player, on Monday.

The award was handed to the Barcelona and Argentina captain at a ceremony in Milan.

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Messi, 32, led Barcelona to a fourth La Liga title in the past five seasons, scoring 36 goals and providing 15 assists in 35 league matches last campaign. He posted 51 goals and 22 assists in all competitions.

Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won the award last year — as well as the Ballon d’Or, which is awarded by France Football — breaking up a decade-long duel between Messi and Ronaldo for the prize.

However, this is Messi’s first The Best award, having gone without a top personal honour since 2015.

Ronaldo and Messi had won every main individual honour since Kaka’s triumph in 2007. They each won the last two FIFA World Player of the Year awards — Ronaldo in 2008 and Messi in 2009 — as well as the Ballons d’Or in those years.

From 2010, the two awards merged and became the FIFA Bal

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