Over the past decade or more, the raging conflict between the two legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi has been the most prominent title in all competitions, especially the Champions League.
But it seems that the changing conditions and the competitive environment for the two stars, finally, and their absence together from the final for the third time in a row, may put that experience on the path of the end, so that the opportunity becomes ready for other stars, to draw the features of the new struggle for the title of the best in the world.
In addition to that suffering, ambiguity about the future of Messi and Ronaldo with Barcelona and Juventus, and doubts about the possibility of revolutionizing the composition of the two teams in the next season may revive their hopes for a final crowning of the most glorious individual titles.
A new equation
in the past three seasons has changed the equation for the two stars with the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Juventus, who mistakenly thought that the Portuguese had laid the foundation stone for the eternal rupture project with the denial of the major continental title, before it collided with the reality of the round that, although changed exceptionally in certain circumstances, It is most likely that the leadership of achieving all major achievements and titles depends on the team and the collective, not the one star.
Messi’s condition did not differ in almost the same years, as with the passage of time and the end of the era of the hegemony of Blaugrana, the gradual leveling of the team, and the light distances between those who joined the team and their ancestors from the golden generation, Messi’s extraordinary effort to regain the continental title, and Barcelona’s calamities followed, coinciding with administrative disasters. For Bartomeo and his group.
The last stop?
In its last version, the European Champions League saw Messi and Ronaldo exit early from the competition, and the impact of this was evident on the FIFA Best Player nominations, which were snatched by Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski in front of his unquestionable contributions to the victory of the Bavarians in all the titles of the season, specifically the most expensive continental cup.
And in the current season 2020-2021, the two stars lost the league titles in Italy and Spain, and they also left the final price of the Champions League, to record their first absence since 2004-2005 from the quarter-finals, which strengthens expectations of their exit or decline strongly in the race for nominations for the FIFA and Ballon d’Or for the second year Straight.
The only door of surprises remains, is Portugal crowned the Euro 2020, or Argentina the Copa America, and then Ronaldo and Messi will be in the fierce race for this year’s prizes.
Is Riyad Mahrez crowned with the Golden Ball?
In the face of the great decline of Messi and Ronaldo, and the almost complete dominance of Manchester City over English football this season, Riyad Mahrez remains a contender for all the major prizes.
The star of Algeria clearly contributed to City’s crowning of the League Cup and the English Premier League, as well as reaching the Champions League final, scoring 3 goals in the semi-finals back and forth.
City’s crowning of the continental title will undoubtedly represent a major boost to Mahrez’s chances of entering the final list of Ballon d’Or nominations and the FIFA award.
But the biggest threat to Mahrez will come from his Belgian colleague Kevin De Bruyne, who also contributed to all the aforementioned achievements with City, and is preparing to compete in Euro 2020 with the Belgium national team.
In the event that De Bruyne achieves the continental achievement with his country, he will be in a position of strength.
The Polish star Robert Lewandowski will not be out of the nominations, with his crowning in the German league, in addition to his records (48 goals in all competitions with Bayern), while he dreams of an unprecedented achievement with his country in Euro 2020.