But, when the FIFA revealed the list of votes of the coaches and captains of the different teams, the surprises of the ranking that placed Rosario in first place and followed him Kylian Mbappé, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Erling Haaland.
Messi chose in his top three Neymar, Mbappé and Benzema. Thiago Silva, captain of Brazil, also supported “Ney”; Messi appeared on the second step of his preferences. The Egyptian Mohamed Salah directly hit the board: he put Vinicius junior first and was followed by Kevin De Bruyne and Achraf Hakimi.
The Liverpool forward was not the only one who omitted the striker from Paris Saint-Germain, Dominik Szboszlai (Hungary) voted for Erling Haaland as the head of his shortlist, along with Karim Benzema and Mbappé. The same path was followed by the central marker Pepe, from Portugal, who opted for the goalscorer of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Modric and Benzema.
Who did not hold a grudge for losing the final of the World Cup was Hugo Llorisgoalkeeper and former captain of France, since he voted for Messi, although as third, behind his forward compatriots.
Besides, Virgil van Dijkleader of Netherlandsdid not take into account the crossing of the quarterfinals in Qatar and chose the Argentine captain first.
As for the rest of the rivals of the “Scaloneta” during the World Cup: the captain of Saudi Arabia (Salman Al-Faraj) stayed with Messi, while coach Herve Renard opted for Mbappé as number one.
In Mexico, Hector Moreno It was with the Argentine, while Jose Jaime Ordiales Dominguezinterim replacement of Tata Martino before the assumption of Diego Coccawas the French striker for PSG.
Robert Lewandowskifigure of Polanddid not show the rancor of past editions and stayed with Messi. The Australian coach put Messi third, but the captain, the goalkeeper Matthew Ryanraised him to the pedestal.
For his part, Luka Modric from Croatiahe gave his partner his maximum vote Benzema, but second placed Messi.
In the category of coaches, the Argentine star was much more selected than among the players, the same as among journalists. And in the public it directly swept. In addition, he was the only Argentine in the Ideal Team of 2022.
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