Globe Soccer Award recipients Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski have made their negativity towards FiFA’s biennial World Cup plans known.
FIFA have proposed plans of staging the World Cup every two years rather than holding it every four years as part of a revamped calendar.
This was declared at a summit where delegates were told that a biennial World Cup would generate more than £3.3bn in additional revenue over a four-year cycle.
Mbappe and Lewandowski who claimed the Men’s Player Of The Year and Fan’s Player of The Year award respectively used the opportunity to express their minds.
In Mbappe’s words, he said it’s ‘not normal’ and talked about the tight schedule of players due to so many competitions and he concluded saying the ‘health of players’ should be considered if they want football to remain Beautiful.
“[It is] the best thing, the best competition in the world,” Mbappe said.
“If you hold it every two years, it can start to be normal to play [in the] World Cup. I want to say that’s not normal. That [should be] something amazing.
“We play over 60 games in a year. You have Euros, the World Cup, now the Nations League – so many competitions. We are happy to play but when it’s too much, it’s too much. We have to recover, we have to stay relaxed.
“If people want to see quality in the game, the emotion, to see what makes the beauty of football, I think we have to respect the health of players.” added 23-year-old Mbappe, who helped France win the 2018 World Cup.
Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski also expressed a similar view to Mbappe’s:
“We have so many games every year, so many tough weeks, not only the games but preparation for the season, preparation for the big tournaments,” said the 33-year-old.
“If you want to offer something special, something different, we also need a break.
“If we have a World Cup every two years, the expectation is the time where footballers play at a high level will go down … It is physically and mentally impossible.”
The CONMEBOL (South American football governing body) and the UEFA( European football governing body) have also opted against the decision with both bodies agreeing to stage a bigger Nations league that will see South America and Europe.
Meanwhile, Africa and CAF have agreed to the peoject.