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Three Real Madrid superstars feature in L’Equipe’s Team of the Year for 2022

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As we get set to enter into the final week of 2022, French publication L’Equipe have announced their Team of the Year. And as many as three current Real Madrid superstars have made it to the lineup.

2022 was a largely successful year for Los Blancos as they started off with the Spanish Super Cup before getting their hands on the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League. At the start of the current season, Carlo Ancelotti & co. also won the UEFA Super Cup.

In terms of individual accolades, Karim Benzema won his first-ever Ballon d’Or award earlier this year while Thibaut Courtois was awarded the Yashin Trophy for the Best Goalkeeper.

So, it should not come as a surprise that both Benzema and Courtois find a place in L’Equipe’s Team of the Year for 2022.

The third Real Madrid player to make it to the team is midfield mainstay Luka Modric, who continues to age like fine wine. Despite turning 37, the veteran superstar remains a pivotal cog in Ancelotti’s side and played a huge role in the success that the team saw this year.

On top of that, Modric also led the Croatian national team to the semi-finals and a third-place finish at the FIFA World Cup 2022, winning the Bronze Ball in the process.

Meanwhile, Modric’s former midfield partner, Casemiro, who was also integral to last season’s trophy haul at Real Madrid also finds a place in the Team of the Year for 2022. The Brazilian left the club this past summer to sign for Manchester United, where he has again become a key player.

L’Equipe’s Team of the Year for 2022 (Photo Courtesy: L’Equipe)

As for the rest of the team, Kyle Walker of Manchester City is selected at right-back while Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and RB Leipzig star Josko Gvardiol, a target for Real Madrid, are the centre-backs. Ex-Real Madrid man Theo Hernandez, who won the Serie A title with AC Milan gets the nod at left-back.

Modric and Casemiro make up the central midfield and are partnered by Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne, who has had another flawless year, along with World Cup winner Lionel Messi, who also won the Golden Ball at the tournament.

Up top, it is Benzema with fellow Frenchman Kylian Mbappe, who won the Golden Boot at the World Cup, scoring a magnificent hat-trick in the final.

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Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report

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Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.

The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid

Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit. 

Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.

Real Madrid not hiding their discontent

The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.

Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit. 

For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.

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Real Madrid are suspicious

Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition. 

For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.

As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.

Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.

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