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Top 5 transfer flops of the 2021/22 Ligue 1 season

May 25th 2022, 9:24:55 am

Ranking the top five transfer flops of the 2021 or 22 French Ligue 1 season.

Lionel Messi has failed to live up to expectations at PSG this season

The 2021/22 French Ligue 1 season has come to an end which means we can now properly review after 38 games, this time focusing on the arrivals.

All 20 teams brought in at least one new player in the summer and winter transfer windows and quite a number of the newcomers failed to live up to expectations.

Perhaps the weight of expectations proved too heavy or they just failed to adapt to their new surroundings, all that matters is that it didn’t work out this season.

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So without further ado, here are the five biggest transfer flops of the 2021/22 French Ligue 1 season, factoring in transfer fees and the reputation of the players involved.

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OGC Nice were considered to have pulled a massive coup by signing young Dutch winger, Calvin Stengs from AZ Alkmaar for €15 million last summer.

But in the first of his five-year contract, Stengs has struggled so far to make an impact in French football with only 11 starts from 24 total appearances which saw him return a goal and assist each.

After spending three years at Liverpool as Mohamed Salah’s backup, Xherdan Shaqiri joined Lyon last summer for €6 million in search of a starting role.

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The idea was that he still had a lot of quality to offer but that theory got disproved almost instantly as Shaqiri only played 11 league games for Lyon before getting shipped off to the United States as he joined Chicago Fire in February for €7 million.

20-year old Myron Boadu scored 15 goals for AZ Alkmaar and got snapped up by Monaco for €17 million immediately with hopes that they were getting a Mbappe-level talent.

It turns out Boadu in real life is not remotely as good as his ‘Football Manager’ persona, the youngster only managed four goals in 31 Ligue 1 appearances.

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Legendary Spanish defender Sergio Ramos joined Paris Saint Germain as a free agent after a long and successful career at Real Madrid.

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Ramos was expected to bring that level of competition and success to PSG but injuries and old age hampered his debut season in which he only played 12 Ligue 1 games.

Paris Saint Germain signed Lionel Messi on a free transfer from Barcelona last summer as the best player in the world and he was surely going to take the club to the next level.

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But since then, the Argentine only managed six league goals the entire season, certainly not the level of production expected from the best player in the world.

Messi ended his debut Ligue 1 season with six goals and 14 assists in 26 games which in all fairness is not so bad but definitely not good enough for Messi’s high standards which is why he sits firmly top of this ranking.

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