Football In 2022: From Cristiano Ronaldo Hitting Rock-Bottom To Lionel Messi Realising Ultimate Dream
As the year 2022 comes to an end, NDTV takes a look at the most important incidents in the world of football in the last 12 months.
The year 2022 has given football fans some of the most euphoric moments, with the biggest being Lionel Messi ultimately lifting the FIFA World Cup title with Argentina. His greatest rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, hit rock bottom, having been released from his contract at Manchester United. Even at the World Cup, Ronaldo's Portugal suffered an upsetting defeat to Morocco in the quarter-final, with the African nation becoming the first country from the continent to go as far as the last 4 in the tournament.
Barcelona's activating economic 'levers':
Arguably into its worst economic state, Spanish club Barcelona had to resort to extreme measures in order to become a challenging side in the top-tier of European football. Barcelona raised funds by selling their TV and licensing rights for multiple years into the future. It was only because of these 'levers' that the Catalans were able to sign players like Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Joules Kounde, etc.
Kylian Mbappe transfer drama:
Real Madrid strengthen their rich UCL record:
Karim Benzema's Ballon d'Or glory:
Erling Haaland's 'record-breaking' Premier League arrival:
AC Milan's return as a 'giant':
Cristiano Ronaldo's unceremonious Man Utd exit:
Germany's gesture on 'One Love' controversy:
Morocco making history in 'tournament of upsets':
Lionel Messi realising 'ultimate dream':