Today, Wednesday, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) revealed the ideal squad for the year 2022, which includes the most prominent 11 key players whose star shone in the sky of European football during the past year.

The squad knew the control of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, with 3 players from each team, along with two players from Manchester City, and one player each from Bayern Munich, Leipzig and Liverpool.

This combination also knew an Arab presence, represented by Ashraf Hakimi, the star of the Moroccan national team and the Parisian team, who proved last year that he is the best in the world in his position (right back) through his performance with the Parisian team or with the “Atlas Lions” during the Qatar World Cup 2022.

The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most prominent absentees from this squad, after his level declined significantly and he lost his place with the “Red Devils” during the first half of the season.

On the other hand, Argentine Lionel Messi is still present strongly in this ideal squad, after he continued to shine with the French capital team, in addition to leading his country to crowning the World Cup in Qatar.

Likewise, the Croatian “maestro” Luka Modric continues to be present in the perfect squad, after he starred remarkably last year, whether with the royal club that he led to crowning the Champions League, or with his country’s national team by contributing to third place in the Qatar World Cup.

Without any surprises, Croatian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, the “royal” goalkeeper, imposed himself in this squad after he contributed with his impressive saves to his team’s victory in the Champions League, and last year he won the award for best goalkeeper in the world.

While the attack is led by Karim Benzema, the star of Real Madrid and the best player in the world last year, Kylian Mbappe, the star of St. Germain, and the Norwegian Erling Haaland, the top scorer of Manchester City and the English Premier League.

The ideal squad for last year, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, was as follows:


  • Thibaut Courtois (Belgium and Real Madrid)


  • Achraf Hakimi (Morocco and Paris Saint-Germain)

  • Jasco Guardiol (Croatia and RB Leipzig)

  • Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands and Liverpool)

  • Alfonso Davies (Canada and Bayern Munich)

the middle:

  • Luka Modric (Croatia and Real Madrid)

  • Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium and Manchester City)

  • Lionel Messi (Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain)


  • Erling Haaland (Norway, Dortmund and Manchester City)

  • Karim Benzema (France and Real Madrid)

  • Kylian Mbappe (France and Saint-Germain)