2022 has given football fans some of their most ecstatic moments, with the biggest being Lionel Messi Eventually lifted the World Cup title with Argentina. his greatest rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, fell to the bottom, and the contract with Manchester United was terminated. Even in the World Cup, RonaldoPortugal’s quarter-final defeat to Morocco saw the African nation become the first country on the continent to advance to the semi-finals.
Barcelona activates economic “leverage”:
Entering arguably the worst economic situation, Spanish club Barcelona have had to take extreme measures in order to become a challenging team in European football’s top league. Barcelona raise money by selling their TV and licensing rights for the next few years.It is because of these “leverages” that the Catalans are able to sign players like this Robert LewandowskiRaphinha, Joules Kounde, etc.
Kylian Mbappe Transfer plot:
Kylian Mbappe, arguably the best striker in world football right now, was touted as Real Madrid’s big “Galaxy” signing in the summer of 2022, only to have Paris Saint-Germain let him renew at the 11th hour. While Real Madrid were preparing to announce Mbappe, PSG announced that Mbappe would stay in the French capital, with some even suggesting French president Emmanuel Macron played a role in keeping Mbappe.
Real Madrid strengthened their rich UCL record:
As the “super club” of European football, Real Madrid extended their record of UEFA Champions League titles to 14. But, that’s not all, with as many as nine Real Madrid players claiming their fifth Champions League title in the process.
Karim BenzemaGolden Globe Honors:
Aside from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, few other players have made it to the top of the Ballon d’Or podium. Karim Benzema is one of the most decorated players in the club’s football history, culminating in the 2022 Ballon d’Or for his achievements at Real Madrid.
Erling Haaland’s record-breaking Premier League arrival:
Already regarded as one of the best strikers in the game, Erling Haaland has not taken time to adjust in the Premier League, breaking record after record after signing for Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund. Haaland is already the fastest player to score 20 and 25 Champions League goals. He is also the fastest player in Premier League history to score 15 goals in just nine games.
AC Milan return as “giants”:
Inter Milan ended Juventus’ winning streak in Serie A last year, and this time, AC Milan did the unthinkable and lifted the league title. This is the first time in 11 years, the last time it won the championship in 2010-2011.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s unceremonious departure from Manchester United:
Ronaldo signed for the Old Trafford club from Juventus in 2021 in hopes of once again boosting United’s standing in European football. But just a year and a half later, he found himself in short supply at the club where he first made his name. for himself. An explosive interview proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the Portuguese, whose contract was terminated by United in what was dubbed a “joint decision”. So far, Ronaldo has no club.
Germany’s stance on the “One Love” controversy:
FIFA’s ruling banning teams from wearing “One Love” armbands during the World Cup has rattled some teams. However, it was Germany who decided to air their displeasure. During the game against Japan, German players put their hands over their mouths in protest. Germany, in the end, failed to advance to the top 16 and was eliminated in the group stage of two consecutive World Cups.
Morocco makes history in ‘Unpopular Tournament’:
Making the whole country proud of what they achieved in Qatar, Morocco beat a mighty Portugal in the quarter-finals to advance to the semi-finals. No African team has come this far in the tournament’s history. The performances of the likes of Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Japan cannot be ignored given the upset they caused in the tournament.
Lionel Messi living out ‘ultimate dream’:
In his fifth and final FIFA World Cup, Lionel Messi finally claimed the “biggest prize in world football” by beating defending champions France on penalties. As the reverberations of Argentina’s victory spread across the globe, Messi finished as the game’s second-highest scorer and best assister.
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