Footballer superstars Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski have raised concerns about players welfare if FIFA’s biennial World Cup proposal is approved.
Both superstars raise the issue of lack of rest for players if the global football spectacle is hosted every two years.
FIFA’s biennial World Cup proposal has been met with stiff resistance from major football confederations and stakeholders. With FIFA chief Arsene Wenger, saying the resistance is based on fear and not facts.
PSG forward Mbappe and his Bayern counterpart become the latest football figures to lend their voice to the ongoing debate.
“We like to play but it’s too much,” Mbappe said in Dubai, where he was named men’s player of the year at the Globe Soccer Awards. “If people want to see quality, we have to take a break.
“Playing the World Cup every two years would make this competition ‘normal’ and that shouldn’t be the case. The World Cup, the Nations League… we love to play but it’s too much.
“If people want to see quality, I think we have to take a break.”
Lewandowski echoed the France international’s sentiments on FIFA’s biennial World Cup proposal
“We have a lot of games in the year, very dense weeks,” Lewandowski said at the same event. “If you want to give the fans something different, you need a break.
“We have to look into the future, if we want to play a World Cup every two years, the level will drop. It’s impossible for the body and the mind to perform at the same level.“