France Football hosted a vote to replace the 2020 Ballon d’Or. The French media decided to make the fans vote for the best players in history in every position. To no one’s surprise, Lionel Messi was named as the best right forward in history.
The Argentine legend, after winning six Ballon d’Or awards with four in a row, deserves to be there. His trophy cabinet, and stats, speak for themselves. Just yesterday against Levante, Messi opened the scoring for Barça for the 100th time in La Liga.
❗Lionel Messi has been named by France Football as the best right forward of all time.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) December 14, 2020
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His inclusion comes along with Xavi Hernandez’s, who is selected as the best defensive midfielder in history. Nonetheless, other Blaugrana legends, such as Ronald Koeman, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta or Laszlo Kubala, were included but lost the race to other players. We congratulate Lionel Messi and Xavi for their deserved inclusions.
Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash
This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.
But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.
He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.
However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.
Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.
After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.
Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.