Man Utd icon Ferdinand names Ronaldo in his Team of the Year but snubs Messi

RIO FERDINAND made the bold decision to exclude 2021 Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi from his Team of the Yearpicking Cristiano Ronaldo instead.

The former Manchester United star argues Messi has dipped in form since his summer move to Paris Saint-Germainthe Argentine has just six goals and five assists for the French side.

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Cristiano Ronaldo got the nod ahead of Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo got the nod ahead of Lionel MessiKrediet: Getty
Ferdinand believes Messi has not contributed enough goals and assists since his PSG move

Ferdinand believes Messi has not contributed enough goals and assists since his PSG moveKrediet: Reuters

Intussen, Ronaldo has scored 14 goals at Verenigde and played an important role in the club’s progression to the Champions League knock-out stages.

Explaining his decision-making, Ferdinand told FIVE: “Messi, since he’s been at PSG, can’t be in the conversation – because of how badly he’s done after the transfer window in terms of goals and assists.

If [Ronaldo] doesn’t play, Man United get knocked out of the Champions League. [Salah is the] Premier League’s best player.

He has been nothing short of remarkable. He’s destroyed all comers. This guy’s so clinical.

Ferdinand also picked Mo Salah and Robert Lewandowski ahead of Messi, and ran out of superlatives for the Bayern Munich striker.

Ferdinand added: “There’s not enough I could say about this guy.

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Scored the most league goals of any player in Europe’s top five leagues. That’s all I need to say. He wins it, no argument.

Lewandowski’s team-mate Thomas Muller was also included in Ferdinand’s teamin a midfield consisting of N’Golo Kante and Marco Verratti.

And the defence has an all Premier League look with Chelsea s’n Edouard Mendy named in goal.

Antonio Rudiger was also selected alongside Manchester City stars Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo.

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