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Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed by L'Equipe in their Team of 2021

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi are two of the greatest footballers in the world
Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi are two of the greatest footballers in the world / Getty Images

Footballing superstar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are widely considered to be the two greatest players in the history of the sport, with the duo dominating the sport for more than a decade as seen by the combined 12 Ballon d'Or awards between them.

The duo might be coming to the autumn of their careers, but despite that enjoyed a successful 2021 on the pitch - but that was not enough for French publication, L'Equipe who omitted both the legends from their team of 2021.

The pair missed out after the publication opted for a front two of Bayern Munich hitman, Robert Lewandowski and Real Madrid star, Karim Benzema with Liverpool's, Mohamed Salah finding a place on the right-flank while Manchester City's, Kevin De Bruyne found a place on the left side of the four-man midfield.

Chelsea duo Jorginho and N'Golo Kante make up the duo in the center of the park in forward of a four-man defence of Ruben Dias, Marquinhos, Trent-Alexander Arnold and Theo Hernandez, while Edouard Mendy is in goal following his brilliant performances for the Blues both domestically and in Europe.

Barring the glaring omissions of Messi and Ronaldo, PSG stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe also do not feature in the team, nor does Borussia Dortmund marksman, Erling Haaland.  

L'Equipe Team of 2021

GK: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)

LB: Theo Hernandez (AC Milan)

CB: Ruben Dias (Manchester City)

CB: Marquinhos (PSG)

RB: Trent-Alexander Arnold (Liverpool)

CM: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)

CM: Jorginho (Chelsea)

LW: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

RW: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

ST: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)