Hazard and Messi are the two most outstanding footballers of the decade in the Premier and in LaLiga, according to a study by Whoscored, a website specialized in statistics. The study is based on the times in which the players have been chosen as the MVP of the match according to the parameters developed by this website, starting from the 2009-10 season.In the Premier the leader is Hazard, who landed at Chelsea in the summer of 2012 and was until June 2019, when he signed for Real Madrid. In that period he played 245 games with the blues, in which he made 85 goals and distributed 61 assists. Those numbers served him to be chosen 62 times as MVP of the meeting, leading this statistic in England in the last decade. There is also surprise in Germany. Bayern is the clear winner at the collective level (it lifted the title in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). However, he never had a clear star that clearly stood out from the rest as in Madrid it was Cristiano, Messi at Barça or Hazard at Chelsea. Soccer players like Robben, Ribéry or Lewandowski have been dividing the leading role during the last decade, causing the classification to be led by Reus, from Dortmund, with 48 MVP. As for Ligue 1, the winner surprises: Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede continues to lead the standings despite only being during four seasons at PSG, in which he was chosen 42 times MVP of a match. Neymar and Mbappé begin to get closer, although the Swede still resists. Finally, in Italy no soccer player from the big clubs leads the ranking. The winner is Papu Gómez, who during his stages in Catania and Atalanta was chosen up to 38 times as the MVP of the match. Surely Cristiano (19 times in less than two courses) ends up displacing him in the medium term, but at the moment he resists. In Spain, Messi smashes all records: he has been MVP 196 times! It clearly surpasses Cristiano Ronaldo, who was chosen 93 times. It is true that the Portuguese has been for almost two complete seasons in Italy. In that time, with Juventus, he accumulated 19 awards, for which he would add 112 times, quite far from the Argentine.
(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File) Opponents found Patrick Peterson’s role peculiar in 2018.Playing in since-fired Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks’ zone-heavy defense, the star cornerback often found himself sitting back and playing behind wide receivers. The idea was to give him the ability to see more of the field, the chance to jump more routes and create more turnovers.He recorded just two interceptions and five passes defensed (a career low) during Arizona’s ugly 3-13 campaign that included reports leaking Peterson’s dissatisfaction and request for a trade. “Obviously, it wasn’t giving up on my teammates or anything like that. It was just a hard part of the season. It was something that I wished had never came out but it did. It’s behind us now.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 27 Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Now under first-time NFL head coach Kliff Kingsbury and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, Peterson has optimism the Cardinals — and him returning to a familiar role — can flourish. Arizona will go back to a 3-4 scheme that calls for more man-to-man, press coverage at the cornerback positions.“I can put my hands on people now instead of playing off and trying to play with my eyes,” Peterson said Wednesday before teeing off in the Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am.Related LinksMichael Phelps, Patrick Peterson to play in Waste Management Pro-AmOn repeat: Cardinals continue search for CB opposite Patrick Peterson’Complementary’ Cardinals defense can help Patrick Peterson now, laterThe Patrick Peterson saga in Arizona isn’t over“I love the idea of playing with my eyes, but I also love the idea better of putting my hands on receivers and slowing those guys down, letting those guys know it’s going to be a long day. Throughout the course of the season, it was receivers coming up to me after the game like, ‘Man, what the heck are you doing, man? It’s kind of funny watching you play seven yards off and playing with vision and back-peddling. It’s making our job easier.’”Within days after reports of Peterson’s request to be traded became public, the cornerback patched things up with Cardinals president Michael Bidwill and GM Steve Keim. He admitted on Wednesday that his role in Wilks’ defense wasn’t ideal, and it played a part in his frustration. He told reporters he feels good about the direction of the team, which hired the offensive-minded Kingsbury and placed him with an experienced DC in Joseph, who spent the last two seasons as head coach of the Denver Broncos.“It’s no secret that we need some points on the board being one of the … bottom-five teams in points per game,” Peterson said. “I think the coaching staff (Kingsbury) hired, as well, is going to be very, very great for the defensive side of the ball. “I think Vance was a great hire. Everywhere he’s been, his resume speaks for itself as well on the defensive side of the ball. A lot of new changes but hopefully it can be for the better this go-around.”Peterson, like many Cardinals, felt confident that the first year of the post-Bruce Arians era would include more success than it did. And while the corner regrets how he handled last season, he at least has a more familiar role to slide back into under the second new coaching staff in two years.“Starting out whatever our record was starting out, it was just frustration built up,” Peterson said of his unhappiness that reached a boiling point after Week 8. “That’s behind us now. I’m here as an Arizona Cardinal, under contract for two more seasons. We’ll see where it goes after that. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact