The 22nd edition of FIFA world cup is coincidentally happening in the year 2022. The World Cup is scheduled to take place in Qatar where the teams from the member nations will be competing against each other to make their mark. The special thing about this world cup being that it will be held for every first time in an Arab nation and the entire world looking forward to seeing their preparations for the game.
The tournament will be taking place from November to mid-December which is another first as all the previous matches were somewhere between May to July. After this world cup, the next one will be featuring 48 teams which mean that this might as well be the last one to hold a competition among 32 participating nations.
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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the favourites to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for this year.
However, there has been increased support for the German players like Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer to win the award after they managed to help their national team win the World Cup. Ronaldo, on the other hand, had a disappointing tournament with the Portuguese after being knocked out in the group stages. Even though he played a huge role in Real Madrid winning the cup double of Champions League and Copa del Rey, it is felt that the World Cup trophy is a significantly much better achievement.
Pepe has come to the support of Ronaldo by saying that the 29-year-old completely deserves the Ballon d’Or award after scoring more than 50 goals last campaign. This included 17 goals in the Champions League alone, which is a new record. Pepe has also recalled that Ronaldo has been in imperious form this campaign as well. After facing fitness issues at the start of the campaign, Ronaldo is significantly ahead of players like Neymar and Lionel Messi in the race for the la Liga Golden Boot award. His form has helped Madrid convert a six-point deficit into a two-point advantage in the space of a few months.
“If any other players wins, they should be ashamed given what Cristiano has been doing, beating lots of records, scoring 17 goals in the Champions League last season.These things are almost impossible.In three months he has scored 23 goals. What else does he need to do?He is the best player in history and I repeat: it would be a scandal and a shame if they do not give him the Ballon d’Or,” said Pepe. Ronaldo has won two FIFA Ballon d’Or award in his career.