If what I’m thinking is right, Cristiano Ronaldo’s name could be removed from the FIFA Team of the Year in 2022. There have been several theories as to why Lionel Messi’s name was left out of the FIFA 2021 team of the year. However, I conducted my own research on the chosen team and discovered why Messi was replaced by Kylian Mbappe or Lewandowski.
Lionel Messi has made the FIFA team of the year as a left winger or striker every year for the past ten years. However, Lionel Messi’s name was not included in the FIFA 2021 team of the year. Kylian Mbappe was assigned to the right wing, with Lewandowski as the team’s striker. After doing some research into what may have caused this, I discovered that Lionel Messi did not win a trophy in 2019/2020 season. While Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski secured league titles and advanced to the UEFA Champions League finals.
Lionel Messi has won the Copa del Rey this season, but if he does not win La Liga, his name could be left off the FIFA 2022 team of the year. However, if my research is right, Cristiano Ronaldo, who did not win a trophy with Juventus this season, would not make the FIFA 2022 team of the year.