Based on the list of players nominated for the Ballon d’Or, Maxifoot invited his readers to read his own Typical Team of the Year 2021. The results are in! Mendy, Hernandez, Kant, Mbapp, Benzema, Lewandowski … Discover the typical 2021 team read by Maxifoot readers.
Benzema and Mbapp are in Maxifoot’s 2021 typical team.
Like every year, Maxifoot, via the polls, told his readers to read his typical team of the year 2021. Contrary to the last editions, the editorial staff, which until now was based on the list communicated by UEFA, decided to rely on the one sent by France Football for the last Ballon d’Or election.
In the goal, Douard Mendy moved behind a line of four defenders, Trent Alexander-Arnold right, Tho Hernandez left, Marquinhos and Ruben Dias in the center. The N’Golo Kant-Jorginho-Kevin De Bruyne trio form the midfielder behind the triplet of attackers with Kylian Mbapp, Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski.
The Blues and the Blues in force
In this selection, there are logically three winners of the Champions League, two champions of England and three of the four most prolific scorers of the last 12 months. Here is your typical team of the year based on the players cited in the polls.
Mendy surpasses Donnarumma
Plbiscit four times in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2020, Manuel Neuer has not made the weight this year. The Bayern goalkeeper saw three of his counterparts walk past him. While Gianluigi Donnarumma, best player of the Euro, Keylor Navas, brilliant with Paris Saint-Germain, could have been chosen, it is finally douard Mendy who has had your favors. The Chelsea goalkeeper, great architect of the last coronation in the Champions League, kept his cage clean 28 times in 51 games. With 54.5% of the vote, the Senegalese is far ahead of its Italian competitor (26.9%). A way for you to reward the former Rennais who, let us remember, was not among the 30 finalists for the Ballon d’Or.
Four defenders, four clubs
In defense, the battle in the right lane raged. But it’s goodTrent Alexander-Arnold who finished first. Despite a sluggish last season and an absence for injury from the Euro, the Liverpool side straightened the bar with an exceptional half-season. His very offensive style (4 goals and 16 decisive assists) pleased you enormously and allowed him to get ahead of all his competitors before dismissing Achraf Hakimi in the second round (69.2%). On the left, there was no match since Tho Hernandez largely ahead of his pursuers (48.2%), nearly double Alphonso Davies. His 6 goals and 8 decisive assists with AC Milan, but also and above all his first successful steps in the French team (1 goal and 3 decisive assists in 4 selections) marked the spirits of Maxifoot readers.
In the axis, two players were clearly detached during the ballot. Impeccable with Paris Saint-Germain, Marks (41.8%) was rewarded for his excellent year 2021. If the club of the capital has not achieved its main objectives, the Brazilian central defender, author of 7 goals over the last 12 months, has convinced you, him who made it to the Copa Amrica final with Seleao. To accompany it, it is Ruben Dias who has had your favors. The Portuguese, monstrous in the Premier League and the Champions League, has established himself as a world reference in his post. It is no coincidence that he was the best defender of the year for UEFA. The one who wears the captain’s armband in Fernandinho’s absence was ahead of Antonio Rdiger in the three rounds of the ballot.
A 100% Premier League midfielder
In the middle, we got a plebiscite. And for good reason, N’Golo Kant knocked out his 11 rivals by obtaining 57.3% of the vote in the first round. A real tour de force of the lungs of Chelsea and the France team, whose performances in the Champions League against Real Madrid and Manchester City have everyone agree. Despite his Euro rat, the 5th in the last Ballon d’Or, already present in this selection in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, keeps an immense popularity rating. At his side, we find his faithful companion in a club, Jorginho. Third in the Ballon d’Or, the Italian completed the best year of his career by achieving the double C1 / Euro. His presence in the typical team does not suffer from any dispute even if it was necessary to go through a third lap to reward him.
Alongside the two Blues, another player who was in the TOP 10 of the Ballon d’Or took place: Kevin De Bruyne. Arriving 8th, the Belgian attacking midfielder, who won the second round (41.2%), comes out of a superb 2021 with 11 goals and 8 decisive assists. Always brilliant in the game, the Manchester City meteor was named best player in the Premier League for the second time in a row. In the end, he only missed a victory in C1, during which he suffered a nasty injury in the final which spoiled his Euro a little with the Red Devils. Proof of its consistency, it appears in this eleven for the fourth time after 2017, 2019 and 2020.
Mbapp and Benzema with Lewandowski
In attack, Robert Lewandowski was logically chosen first with 30.9% of the vote. The Polish striker from Bayern, the world’s top scorer with 69 goals in all competitions, his best personal performance and the highest total for a player since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2013, also made an impression. The second in the Ballon d’Or, which broke the Bundesliga goalscoring record held by Gerd Mller since 1972, has had no strong competitor in statistical terms. He therefore keeps his place at the forefront of this formation, in which he already appeared in 2020.
Around him, we find Kylian Mbapp. Winner in the second round (39.8%), the Paris Saint-Germain striker, present in 2018 and 2019, was prolific with 51 achievements over the year, a record for him. If he did not manage to finish champion with Paris and his Euro was clearly missed, the French striker has been one of the few to float at his club in the past 12 months. To support him, his great friend Karim Benzema made its first appearance. 4th world top scorer (47), 4th in the Ballon d’Or, the tricolor center forward was sparkling with Real Madrid and the France team. A logical presence for him, who took the upper hand over Mohamed Salah in the third round (54.8%).
Reminder of the players mentioned in the polls and in bold, the players who collected the most votes):
Goalkeepers: douard Mendy (Chelsea) with 54.5% of the votes, then Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris SG), Keylor Navas (Paris SG), Manuel Neuer (Bayern), Jan Oblak (Atletico), Ederson (Manchester City), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa) and Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester).
Right side: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) with 69.2% of the vote in the second round against Achraf Hakimi (Paris SG), then Kyle Walker (Manchester City), CsarAzplicueta (Chelsea) and Joao Cancelo (Manchester City).
Left lateral: Tho Hernandez (Milan) with 48.2% of the votes, puis Alphonso Davies (Bayern), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) et Luke Shaw (Manchester United).
Central defenders: Marquinhos (Paris SG) with 41.8% of the votes in the first round, Ruben Dias (Manchester City) with 59.1% of the votes in the third round contre Antonio Rdiger (Chelsea), puis David Alaba (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Simon Kjaer (Milan) and John Stones (Manchester City).
Midfielders: N’Golo Kant (Chelsea) with 57.3% of the votes in the first round, Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) with 41.2% of the votes in the second round, Jorginho (Chelsea) with 42.7% of the third round votes, poetry Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Pedri (Barcelone), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Thomas Mller (Bayern), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Ilkay Gndogan (Manchester City), Nicolo Barella ( Inter) et Mason Mount (Chelsea).
Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern) with 30.9% of the votes in the first round, Kylian Mbapp (Paris SG) with 39.8% of the votes in the second round, Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) with 54.8% of the votes in the third tower contre Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), poetry Erling Braut Hland (Dortmund), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Lionel Messi (Paris SG), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Neymar (Paris SG), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Luis Suarez (Atletico), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Lautaro Martinez (Inter) and Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).
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