The IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics) has unveiled its Men’s World Team of the Year for 2023, showcasing top talent from various football leagues.
However, the notable absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, the superstar from Al Nassr, has caught attention, despite his goal-scoring contributions in Saudi Arabia.
This follows his exclusion from the list of the 10 best players of 2023, prompting a response from Ronaldo to his surprising omission.
The 38-year-old scored an impressive 54 goals in 2023 as his goal-scoring exploits were snubbed by IFFHS, who opted for Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Harry Kane.
In 2023, the Norwegian phenom scored 44 goals while the England captain bagged 43 goals. As for the Frenchman, he netted 42 goals.
Lionel Messi, who is the sole representative not plying his trade in Europe, Kevin De Bruyne, Jude Bellingham and Rodri were selected in midfield.
Messi helped Inter Miami win their first trophy in the club’s history as they won the Leagues Cup back in August. On a personal note, he claimed a record-extending eighth Ballon d’Or award after beating Haaland and Mbappe to the prestigious title.
De Bruyne and Rodri, meanwhile, played an integral part of Man City’s treble-winning campaign.
Bellingham, who sealed a move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2023, has starred in La Liga and increased his reputation following his blockbuster transfer from Borussia Dortmund.
The defence contains Bayern Munich pair Alphonso Davies and Kim Min-jae as well as Ruben Dias while Ederson is in net.
Like De Bruyne and Rodri, Dias and Ederson were also instrumental last season.
Kim earned himself a big move to Bayern following his performances for Napoli and has been superb at the back for his new side.