Biennial World Cup – Robert Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappe oppose FIFA proposal
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski said they were not in favor of FIFA’s plan to host the World Cup every two years due to growing concerns concerning the well-being of the players.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino told a “world summit” of leaders of national football associations earlier this month that he believes he has enough voice to increase the frequency of the World Cup by four to two years.
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There has been opposition from European clubs, top leagues and UEFA’s European governing body, whose president Aleksander Ceferin has threatened to boycott any further tournaments.
Speaking at the Globe Soccer Awards on Monday, Mbappe and Lewandowski questioned the idea, saying adding more games to the world football calendar would hurt the well-being of players.
“I’m not a fan. We already have so many games to play every year, so many difficult weeks, not just games because we have a lot of weeks of preparation either for the season or for the big tournaments”, Lewandowski said.
âIf we want to offer something a little different, which breaks the routine, we also have to take breaks.
“If we have a World Cup every two years, the period during which footballers can play at a high level will decrease.
“It’s physically and psychologically impossible. If you want to last in football, you need periods of rest.”
Mbappe backed Lewandowski’s comments, adding that playing the tournament more regularly would change its impact.
“The World Cup every two years? I can’t say if it’s good or bad. It’s something unique that happens every four years. Playing it every two years would become normal competition. “, did he declare.
“I agree with Robert, we already play 60 games a year and there are already a lot of competitions. We are happy to play, but when it’s too much, it’s too much. If you want to have quality , we must allow the players to rest.
“We have to think about the quality and respect the health of the players.”
The comments come amid growing concerns over player well-being, which has prompted Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to warn footballing officials that a players’ strike may be needed to force a action on the matter.
Mbappe won the award for best male player of the year at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, while Lewandowski received the Maradona award for top scorer. The Poland international was also named TikTok Fan Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas took home the award for best female player of the year, just a month after winning the women’s Ballon d’Or.
Italy boss Roberto Mancini was named Coach of the Year after his side won the Euro 2020 title last summer, while Chelsea were named Club of the Year.