Ahead of the unveiling of FIFA the best men’s player award on September 24th 2018, World’s Premier football authority FIFA, has shortlisted 55 players for it’s annual FIF PRO World 11.
The 55 players will eventually be reduced to a team of first 11 while others will be on the bench.
The concept sees FIFA recognize the best player in each position: Goalkeeping, defending, Midfield and attack.
In the year under review, players like Mohammed Salah, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo made their marks on the pitch of play and unmistakably, they make the list as deserved.
FIFA’s 55 man shortlist sees players like Mesut Ozil, Gareth Bale, Kun Sergio Aguero and Roberto Firmino miss out amongst others.
Perhaps, the most shocking of all has to be that of a certain KUN SERGIO AGUERO, a league winner and Carabao Cup winner with Manchester City.
Is FIFA saying Kun Sergio Aguero is not amongst the 55 best players in the World?
Or looking at it from the Strikers on the list perspective alone: is FIFA saying Kun Sergio Aguero is not amongst the 15 best strikers in the World?
In the year under review, it beats one’s imagination that a certain Karim Benzema could make the cut while a certain Kun Sergio Aguero finds his name missing on the list.
For Strikers, stats don’t lie:
Karim Benzema scored 5 goals in the League for Real Madrid in 32 appearances last Season while Kun Sergio Aguero scored 21 goals in the League for Manchester City in 25 appearances.
In the Champions League, Benzema netted 5 times for Real Madrid despite the fact that the Spanish giants got all the way to the Final while Aguero scored 4 goals for Manchester City.
How does a striker with just about 10 goals contributions in all competitions better a striker with 30 goals in all competitions?
Does scoring in the Champions League final albeit being aided by an error prone Loris Karius make Benzema to have had a better season as a striker than Aguero who was in lethal form for Manchester City all through the Season?
In terms of scoring in finals, Aguero is not entirely found wanting.
Kun Sergio Aguero was on hand to score a beautifully taken lob over Ospina in goal when Manchester City faced Arsenal in the Carabao Cup Final.
Winning the Champions League with Real Madrid has served as a cover for Benzema in a 2017/2018 Season where as a Striker the French man had a disastrous campaign.
If there is an Real Madrid forward that deserved to be on that list, it should be Gareth Bale who scored 16 goals in the Spanish League and also scored twice in the Champions League final.
A Midfielder like Coutinho who joined Barcelona in January scored 8 goals in the League for Barcelona while Karim Benzema playing as Real Madrid’s only recognized out and out forward all season could not find the back of the net 10 times in the League.
Goals for goals, match winning performances for match winning performances, and in every aspect one could compare Benzema and Aguero in the year under review, Aguero beats out Benzema and it’s the Argentine Forward that deserves a place in FIFA’s 55 man shortlist and not Benzema.