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Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and THREE Morocco players and Arsenal attacker make L’Equipe’s team of the World Cup

Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and THREE Morocco players and Arsenal attacker make L’Equipe’s team of the World Cup

Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and three Morocco players and Arsenal attacker are included in L’Equipe’s World Cup roster, along with an unexpected English player.

The French sports daily has selected Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka to play in the forward line with Messi and Mbappe after his brilliant performances during England’s progress to the quarterfinals.

Saka was notably prominent against France in the round of eight, winning a penalty when Aurelien Tchouameni took him down after a signature dribble.

Messi and Mbappe’s selections come as no surprise after their stellar performances in Sunday’s classic final between Argentina and France.

Messi fulfilled his destiny of winning the World Cup at the age of 35 by scoring twice and also converting a penalty in the shootout.

He is one of three Argentines in L’Equipe’s best eleven, the others being Enzo Fernandez in the midfield three and Marcos Acuna at left-back.

Three of Morocco’s players – Achraf Hakimi at right back, Romain Saiss in the center of defense, and Sofyan Amrabat in the midfield – made the team, as a result of their run to the semifinals.

Croatia also advanced to the semifinals, losing to Argentina before overcoming Morocco on Saturday to earn third place, and they have three players in the starting lineup.

Luka Modric completes the midfield three, while Josko Gvardiol and Saiss combine in central defense, and Dominik Livakovic is the chosen goalkeeper despite Emi Martinez receiving the FIFA award.

It followed L’Equipe’s publication of scathing player ratings for the final.

Olivier Giroud and Ousmane Dembele, who were both replaced before halftime with France down 2-0, were deemed unworthy of a score.

Despite his hat-trick, Mbappe was only given a 9/10.

Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and THREE Morocco players and Arsenal attacker make L’Equipe’s team of the World Cup

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