Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah are the best Premier League forwards, insists Rio Ferdinand

Ronaldo makes the minimize as do Mendy, Salah and Lewandowski… however Rio Ferdinand says Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi ‘cannot be in the dialog’ for his Team of the Year due to his poor type since becoming a member of PSG

  • Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has chosen his FIFA Team of the Year
  • Chelsea ‘keeper Edouard Mendy and Man United ahead Ronaldo are in
  • Ferdinand heaped reward on strikers Mohamed Salah and Robert Lewandowski
  • He has discovered no room for Lionel Messi or Romelu Lukaku, who shone at Inter

Cristiano Ronaldo’s rescue missions for Manchester United and Mohamed Salah’s heroics for Liverpool put them forward of Lionel Messi in the crew of the year, Rio Ferdinand has argued – including that Robert Lewandowski was ‘robbed’ of a Ballon d’Or.

Former United and England stalwart Ferdinand has been passionately explaining his shocking alternatives for the FIFA Team of the Year, naming three Chelsea stars and a trio of Manchester City teammates amongst his decisions.

Little greater than a month after Paris Saint-Germain hitman Messi gained a file seventh Ballon d’Or, although, certainly one of the males who tried to cease him throughout his phenomenal goalscoring feats for former membership Barcelona has argued that Ronaldo’s arch-rival will not be worthy of creating the crew of the year.

Cristiano Ronaldo also makes the team

Mohamed Salah (left) is in Rio Ferdinand’s crew of the year for 2021 – as is Cristiano Ronaldo

Ballon d'Or king Lionel Messi was not part of Ferdinand's thinking among the FIFA nominations

Ballon d’Or king Lionel Messi was not a part of Ferdinand’s considering amongst the FIFA nominations

Ferdinand advised FIVE: ‘Messi, since he is been at PSG, cannot be in the dialog – due to how badly he is completed after the switch window by way of targets and assists. 

‘If [Ronaldo] would not play, Man United get knocked out of the Champions League. [Salah is the] Premier League’s best participant. He has been nothing wanting outstanding. He’s destroyed all comers. This man’s so scientific.’

Messi has scored a solitary purpose in 11 appearances in much-maligned French prime flight Ligue 1 since his shock transfer from Barca to PSG in August.


Here’s who Ferdinand picked from the 80 FIFA Team of the Year candidates 

Goalkeeper: Mendy

Defenders: Walker, Rudiger, Dias, Cancelo

Midfielders: Muller, Kante, Verratti

Forwards: Salah, Ronaldo, Lewandowski

The Argentina captain has been in bettter type in the Champions League, the place Ronaldo, who rejoined United from Juventus in the identical month, scored a last-gasp equaliser at Atalanta and a Ninety fifth-minute winner at residence to Sevilla as his facet progressed.

Bayern Munich purpose machine Robert Lewandowski, who got here second to Messi and would have been a runaway favorite to win the Ballon d’Or in 2020 had it not been cancelled, is an instantaneous choose for Ferdinand.

‘There’s not sufficient I may say about this man,’ stated the pundit. ‘Scored the most league targets of any participant in Europe’s prime 5 leagues. That’s all I must say. He wins it, no argument.’

Champions League winners Edouard Mendy, Antonio Rudiger and N’Golo Kante be part of Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo, who gained the Premier League with City, amongst Ferdinand’s ranks.

Bayern and Germany livewire Thomas Muller and PSG and Italy midfielder Marco Verratti additionally make the minimize.

Ferdinand added: ‘[Kylian] Mbappe and [Erling] Haaland are going to win [selection] for the subsequent ten years. If you do not have Kante as properly, you then would possibly as properly go below the desk.’ 


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