For the first time since 1956, the Ballon d'Or will not be awarded. The French weekly magazine France Football has decided to wait a year and that soccer regains a certain normalcy. In short, the usual duel between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo can wait.
Even if the 35-years-old Portuguese champion of Juventus FC, as well as the 33-year-old Argentinian of FC Barcelona, are at risk of undergoing the registry blow. This is also a blow also for Karin Benzema, candidate for Real Madrid CF.
An advantage for the Parisians player Kylian Mbappé and for Neymar (both for PSG), penalized by the premature interruption of French Ligue 1. And in fact, among the primordial reasons for the postponement there is that of equity which, according to the weekly, could not be guaranteed, not only at the level statistical, but also of preparation, given that some pretenders had to resign themselves to the radical amputation of the season, some others did not: "So how to compare the incomparable?", asks the newspaper.
After all, explains France Football, it is also a question of "credibility and legitimacy", due to the fact that the pandemic cut two months out of the eleven necessary to evaluate the performance of the players.
It would also be too much to consider as neutral the prospect of a Champions League in Final 8 version, with only one match, with five changes and without the crowd. And it should be added, all in the middle of August. It would become so difficult to elect the best.
"Better, but of what?", The French newspaper still wonders how the same 220 jurors around the world may have been distracted by the global crisis. It is therefore better to make a parenthesis, understood as "priceless necessity", waiting for football as a whole to find "momentum, passion and emotions"
In short, "in the doubt of a singular vintage, it is better to abstain than to stick."
Cristiano Ronaldo's new record
Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player to score at least 50 goals in the Italian Serie A (with Juventus FC), in Spanish La Liga (with Real Madrid CF) and in the English Premier League (with Manchester United).
Different shirts, like roles. Because Ronaldo's greatness was to be able to reinvent himself in a new position and to be more decisive than before. CR7 started off as an attack with Sporting Lisbon, continued there with United and on YouTube you can still see his Premier League debut against Bolton in 2003.
Another Ronaldo. Sole, dribbling, cross games. He played on the wing, confined on a track. He loved to point the man, jump him and go to the bottom, always. Walter Smith, Ferguson's assistant, changed his style with special rules, told of the ex Red Devil Darren Fletcher: "Cristiano kept too much ball, he was selfish, so in the match they decided to eliminate the fouls.
After many blows, CR7 started to pass the ball." Real Madrid, on the other hand, made it a true striker: 450 goals in 438 games. Less band, more in the penalty area. And more than the position, however tied to the center-left, the style of play has changed.
Gary Neville summarized the metamorphosis in the best way: "Ronaldo doesn't have to run 11 or 12 kilometers per game anymore, but he only needs 7-8."