The concept of staging football’s biggest event every two years rather than every four years has been floated by the sport’s global governing body, but it has been received with considerable opposition.
FIFA officials claim that it is something that the younger generation of fans wants to see, and that there is a desire to pique the interest of newcomers to the game.
However, stars of today are yet to be convinced, and two more of the game’s top stars have spoken out against the controversial idea.
‘To play the World Cup every two years, it would make this competition normal, and that should not be the case,’ argued Mbappe, speaking at the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards.
‘Over a season, we would have to play 60 games a year. The Euro the World Cup, the Nations League… We like to play but it is too much.
‘If people want to see quality, I think we need to take a break.’
Lewandowski took a similar stance when asked about the idea, arguing that an increase in the amount of huge matches would only see the overall level on show drop.
Mbappe was given the award for the Best Men’s Player of the Year at the Dubai ceremony
‘We have a lot of games in the year, very busy weeks. If you want to give the fans something different, you need a break,’ said the Bayern Munich striker after picking up two awards in Dubai.
‘We have to look ahead, if we want to play a World Cup every two years, the level will drop. It’s impossible for the body and mind to perform at the same level.’
Lewandowski picked up the ‘Maradona Award for Best Goal Scorer of the Year’ and the ‘TikTok Fans Player of the Year’ gongs in Dubai, while Mbappe was handed the Best Men’s Player of the Year award.