21:41  ,  February 6, 2023

Mbappe is best player in Europe, Messi is best in South America

French vice-champion and French champion PSG world champion Kylian Mbappe, 24, was named Europe's best footballer in 2022 by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).

The 35-year-old forward of the world champion team of Argentina and PSG Lionel Messi is recognized as the best player of South America.

Earlier, the IFFHS presented the symbolic teams of Europe and South America.

The symbolic team of Europe in 2022

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid, Belgium).

Defenders: Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich, Canada), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool, Netherlands), Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig, Croatia), Achraf Hakimi (PSG, Morocco).

Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City), Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Argentina, PSG), Kylian Mbappe (France, PSG), Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid), Erling Haaland (Norway, Manchester City). 

South America's 2022 Symbolic National Team

Goalkeeper: Emiliano Martinez (Argentina, Aston Villa).

Defenders: Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina, Benfica), Thiago Silva (Brazil, Chelsea), Cristian Romero (Argentina, Tottenham).

Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul (Argentina, Atlético), Neymar (Brazil, PSG), Casemiro (Brazil, Manchester United), Enzo Fernandez (Argentina, Benfica).

Forwards: Vinicius Júnior (Brazil, Real Madrid), Julián Álvarez (Argentina, Manchester City), Lionel Messi (Argentina, PSG).

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