“The Team” invites you to elect your “World” type team for the year 2022. Position by position, from the preselection established by our editorial staff, it is up to you to compose it.
Best attack of the World Cup with 16 goals, half of which scored by Kylian Mbappé, France has six representatives in this category. Obviously, the Parisian (24), the second player in history to score a triple in the final of a World Cup after Geoffrey Hurst in 1966, is one of the big favorites.
Like Karim Benzema. Forced to leave the Blues a few days before the start in Qatar, due to a thigh injury, the Real striker, who announced his international retirement on his social networks on Monday, walked on the water in 2022. Already present in the typical 2021 team – alongside Robert Lewandowski – and crowned with a Ballon d’Or which, for once, suffered no challenge, after a year rich in trophies (Liga, Champions League) and in goals (44 in all competitions last season), the former Lyonnais is, at 35, an example of longevity.
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A common point that he shares with Olivier Giroud (36), the oldest scorer for the French team in major competition with 4 goals in Qatar and now at the top of the ranking of the best scorers in the history of the Blues (53 ). At the time of the vote, the Milanese nevertheless seems to start from a little further.
This is also the case of his compatriots, Christopher Nkunku, Marcus Thuram and Randal Kolo Muani, who panic the counters in the Bundesliga but do not have – for the moment – recognition on an international scale. Even if the former Nantes player, author of a brilliant entry into the final against Argentina (3-3, 2-4 on pens) and one leg from eternal happiness in the 123rd minute, was not very lanyard…
It is also difficult to exclude from the list of contenders Erling Haaland, current top scorer (23) in the European top 5 Championships, with Manchester City, or even Sadio Mané, crowned with Senegal during the last CAN. Unless a revelation from the World Cup comes to spoil the party: Julian Alvarez, author of 4 goals with Argentina, Gonçalo Ramos, luxury understudy for Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal, or Youssef En-Nesyri, Moroccan hero in quarters . To your votes, do the right thing!