After the Ballon D’Or award is cancelled due to world pandemic, there is still FIFA Best Player of the Year to merit the footballers’ form throughout the odd year of 2020. The Best FIFA Football award will be announced on next Thursday online from Zurich and the list of top three for each category has been released. The most prestigious one is surely the FIFA Best Player, which has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo since 2008. Those two stars are still on the list but they are no longer favourites. It is Robert Lewandowski who has been tipped to win this year. His great success in winning treble titles with Bayern in 2019/20 season plus scoring 55 goals plus providing 10 assists is quite bold compared to his contenders. Messi only bagged 31 goals and made 27 assists but winning no silverware at all, while Cristiano Ronaldo netted 37 goals plus only seven assists last season while helping Juventus winning Serie A. It will be interesting to see how the votes turn out later. If Lewy wins, he will be the only one after Luka Modric who meddles those star duo domination in this accolade.
Other news about FIFA, next year there will be two FIFA Club World Cups, according to the latest schedule. Those are the delayed 2020 edition on February in Qatar and the 2021 edition in December in Japan. However, due to the coronavirus and the tight fixtures in all competition this year and next year, such event will still be using their current format with seven teams instead of 24 which was proposed by FIFA and meant to be held in China in 2021.
Another update is Qatar national team will be ‘joining’ UEFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers as apart of their preparation. They are included in group A, which only consist of five teams, Portugal, Ireland, Serbia, Luxemburg and Azerbaijan. Qatar will only be scheduling friendly games against the teams in the group which has spare dates. The idea of having such centralised friendly matches was initiated by France in their preparation for Euro 2016.