Messi’s absence from the Ballon d’Or shocks Europe, Erik ten Hag sends all criticism flying

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The end of the Messi era

Lionel Messi is on the front page of the team this morning. “Messi the summer of gracewrites the newspaper, which highlights its rebirth in recent weeks, after its disappointing season. Speaking of this unsatisfactory sporting year for the Argentinian’s level, it harmed him for this Ballon d’Or 2022. La Pulga is not even part of the list of 30 nominees unveiled last night. This news ignited the European press. In Spain especially, which compares the season of Cristiano Ronaldo to that of Messi, and criticizes an article by the team which explains the non-nomination of the Parisian, victim of the modification of the criteria of Ballon d’Or which rewards over a season now and more over a calendar year. For the Italian newspaper The Gazzetta Dello Sportit is “the end of an era“. The last time Messi was not nominated Zidane was still playing football was in 2005.

Ten Hag is ready

Erik ten Hag made things clear at a press conference yesterday. “I am the man who will restore Manchester United to their former gloryassured the Dutch coach. He explained that he understood the concerns of the supporters, but for him, “don’t panic“. He wants to keep calm to straighten out the club. But on the other hand, he urges his management to act as quickly as possible, especially on the transfer window. He used this media platform to push his leaders to invest in the market. Already, he absolutely does not want to let go of Rashford at PSG, and for Cristiano Ronaldo, he is counting on him this season. They are also missing two players, in midfield and in the attacking sector. We are talking about Adrien Rabiot and Hakim Ziyech. According to Manchester Evening NewsTen Hag is campaigning for the transfer of the Moroccan he coached at Ajax.

Relief in Barcelona

Then in Barcelona, ​​we finally breathe. What seemed to be impossible just a few days ago is now official: FC Barcelona has been able to register four of its five summer recruits. The contracts of Robert Lewandowski, Franck Kessié, Raphinha and Andreas Christensen have been validated by La Liga and the neo-Blaugranas can be called up by Xavi Hernandez for the first day of the championship at home against Rayo Vallecano this evening. Jules Koundé is still not on this list. “Green light” title Mundo Deportivo. Sport also welcomes this news, Spanish journalists are eager to see Robert Lewandowski make his debut in the land of La Roja. The pro-Madrid media also welcome the news. brand and AS only talk about the Polish striker this morning. Barcelona’s economic situation is also making headlines in England. For The Guardian, the fact that Barca managed to register their new players is very worrying. FC Barcelona will experience even greater economic setbacks in the coming years because of their financial levers according to the English newspaper.

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