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2020 Ballon d’Or: Another Golden Ball for Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

2020 The Ballon d’Or is canceled due to objective reasons which means Cristiano Ronaldo has not been able to catch up to Lionel Messi.

On July 27, 2020, shortly after FIFA canceled The Best, France Football also announced it would not host the 2020 Golden Ball award (2020 Ballon d’Or).

Pascal Ferre, Editor-in-Chief of France Football, emphasized that the decision stemmed from the lack of fair conditions for awarding. This also means that Cristiano Ronaldo can not catch up with Lionel Messi, in the race to win the Golden Ball.

Last year, Messi overcame rivals to win the 6th Golden Ball in his career. There was much controversy in Messi’s victory, when Barca lost miserably in the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo did not bear to watch Messi win. CR7 cited the reason to play against Juventus to refuse to attend the gala in honor of the opponent. Because of this, he was criticized by his friend Luka Modric for disrespecting his colleagues.

Ronaldo, the owner of five golden ball titles, also cultivates Messi’s record-setting ambition. The Portuguese star does not accept second place. 2020 is an unusual year for football, due to the crisis caused by the corona virus. This is one of the factors that France Football mentioned when announcing not organizing the 2020 Golden Ball.

The Covid-19 pandemic caused European football, the center of world football and the most popular candidates, to take three months off. When the tournaments return, the format will change a lot. Not only that, some major tournaments cancel the rest of the season, including France.

This year, EURO 2020 cannot take place, but postpones until Summer 2021. This also greatly affects the election. Besides, the Champions League and the Europa League are badly affected. The tournaments will resume after more than 2 weeks, but there are many changes to adapt to the general situation.

In such a context, no individual really stands out. Whether Messi, who sets an assist record in La Liga, or Ronaldo, is with Juventus approaching the Serie A.

Even Liverpool, the team that won the Premier League after 30 years of waiting, has no outstanding face. Moreover, this club was soon eliminated from the Champions League. The Golden Ball pauses, to return next year more exciting and exciting.

How Has Football Changed in The Last Decade? (part 2)

$ 250 million each to buy superstars

Yes, with that money, Real Madrid spent to buy the top players Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Kaka and Xabi Alonso 10 years ago. Now, that money is used to buy lesser-known players like Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, Rodrygo and Reinier.

It is easy to guess that when the revenue increases, the transfer cost increases. According to Transfermarkt, there were only 3 transfers of more than $ 40 million in the summer of 2009. At that time, Real Madrid bought Ronaldo from United for $ 103.4 million and Kaka from AC Milan for $ 73.7 million. They also paid a total of $ 76.5 million for Lyon’s Karim Benzema and Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso.

However, in 2019, those amounts were only ranked 4, 12, 32 and 36. More specifically, the amount of Real Madrid spent on Alonso is equivalent to the amount that Valencia spent on 30-year-old reserve goalkeeper of Barcelona, ​​Jasper Cillessen, in June 2019.

PSG rise strongly

If you follow Ligue 1 for the past 8 years or longer, the league is always dominated by a team every year. It is unbelievable because 10 years ago, Paris Saint-Germain was more a concept than a candidate. Being in Paris alone has brought potential to PSG, like Chelsea before Roman Abramovich or Man City in England, but Parisians won Ligue 1 only twice (1986, 1994). And they were only twice higher than the 6th position in the 2000s. It was not until Qatar Sports Investments bought the club in 2011 that PSG became the dominant Ligue 1. They jumped from 13th to 4th on. in 2011, then second in 2012.

Similarly, Man City waited a long time before making a breakthrough 10 years ago. The Eastlands team was acquired by Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008 and they only waited four more years for their first Premier League title. And then 3 more titles.

Similar but very different. Juventus returned from Serie B after being punished from the 2006 match-fixing scandal. They ranked 7th in Serie A in 2010 and 2011 before marking a period of dominance from 2012.

Ronaldo set up hattrick in the Euro 2020 qualifier

Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals, contributing to Portugal’s 6-0 win over Lithuania in the Euro 2020 qualifier on November 14.

Three goals in the match on November 14 helped Ronaldo get the 55th hattrick in his career, leaving Lionel Messi three hattrick. The Portuguese striker is currently the most hattrick player in the world of football.

Portugal need three points against Lithuania in order to maintain an advantage in the race to win the second ticket in Group B – where Ukraine has been the most secure group and reached the Euro 2020 final. The hosts were not difficult to lead 2-0 in the first half from Ronaldo’s goals

Portugal 6-0 Lithuania

Right at the seventh minute, Ronaldo brought the penalty and then he opened the score on the spot 11 meters. 15 minutes later, the 34-year-old striker doubled his lead from the outside of the box after a pass from Paciencia.

Ronaldo’s two goals made it easier for Portugal to play in the remaining minutes. The home side played leisurely but still scored four more goals in the second half, thanks to the work of Pizzi, Paciencia, Bernardo Silva and Ronaldo. In it, Ronaldo was the one who decided to win 6-0. The Juventus striker had two situations that helped one step down, but still scored with the help of Bernardo Silva.

In the last seven games for Portugal, Ronaldo has scored 13 goals. He had 98 goals for Portugal, including nine hattrick. Ronaldo is eager to become the second player in history to score 100 or more goals for the national team, after Ali Daei (Iran) with 109 goals.

Ronaldo could have come closer to that milestone, had he not missed the good chance at the end of the match against Lithuania. However, the Juventus striker still has the opportunity to reach the 100-point mark next week, when the Portuguese opponent in the final round of the qualifier is just Luxembourg.

Fernando Santos teachers and students will be forced to win the match against Luxembourg to be second place in the group. Portugal is currently ranked second with 14 points, five points behind Ukraine and one point ahead of Serbia.