Lionel Messi Snubbed In Statistical Best XI For Europe's Top Five Leagues
A quick update: WhoScored has now updated its website to include Lionel Messi. The original image was captured prior to the publication adding the Barcelona captain into Team of the Season ahead of Nicolas Pépé.
ORIGINAL STORY: Lionel Messi might have finished the season with the Pichichi Trophy (awarded to La Liga's top scorer) and the European Golden Shoe -- not to mention winning the domestic league with Barcelona -- but he has missed out on a spot in WhoScored's Team of the Season.
In fact, the publication awarded the 31-year-old Argentine forward an 8.77 overall rating in the Champions League and an 8.48 for La Liga, though it wasn't enough to feature in the statistical Team of the Season.
So, let's take a look at the players who made it into WhoScored's Team of the Season, as well as the ratings they received.
Setting up in a 4-4-2 formation, Cagliari's Alessio Cragno (7.1) has secured his position between the sticks.
Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich (7.5) is at right-back and RB Leipzig's Marcel Halstenberg (7.6) is the left-back, with Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (7.4) partnering with RB Leipzig's Willi Orban in the heart of the defence.
Atalanta's Alejandro Darío Gómez (7.6) is paired with Nîmes Olympique's Téji Savanier (7.9) in midfield, with Lille's Nicolas Pépé (7.6) out on the right and Chelsea's Eden Hazard (7.8) out on the left.
Cristiano Ronaldo (7.7), who was awarded Serie A Player of the Year in his first season at Juventus, starts up top as one of the forwards.
Joining him is none other than Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappé, who has the highest rating in the team at 8.0.
Following a season that saw him finish second in the race for the European Golden Shoe and win the Union Nationale des Footballeurs Professionnels Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year, the 20-year-old French forward acknowledged how important this season has been to his career.
"It's a very important moment for me, I have come to a turning point in my career," he said.
"I have discovered a lot here and I feel it is maybe the moment to have more responsibility.
"I hope that can perhaps be at Paris Saint-Germain, that would be a great pleasure. Or maybe elsewhere with a new project."
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