Lionel Messi has been chosen as the Best Forward in the world by ESPN, beating the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo as part of their FC 100 feature.
It attempts to rank the best individuals in ten different categories, which range from nine playing positions, including goalkeeper, right-back, left-back, centre-back, central midfield, attacking midfield, forward, winger, striker, and one manager.
Lionel Messi has topped the charts for the forward category, which ESPN describes a potent mix of attacking midfield, winger and centre-forward, but also have the intelligence and quick thinking to know where to be. Kylian Mbappe finished as the runner up in this race, while Cristiano Ronaldo came third.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen was included among the best goalkeepers, and has been ranked fourth, behind winner Manuel Neuer, runner up Alisson and third placed Jan Oblak. Sergino Dest also featured in the lists, ranked 10th in the right-back category, while Jordi Alba finishes third as the left-back. Finally, Frenkie de Jong has also been named, ranking 8th among central midfielders.
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.