Soccer Players In 2020 Who Conquered the Challenges
The year 2020 was one crazy year for almost everyone, with protests, to coronavirus shut downs, the year was filled with events that we could not escape. The first months of the year brought us electric games with passionate fans yelling their loudest. That all came to an abrupt stop in March as many leagues were postponed. Today, there are games back playing but without the love and support of fans. New protocols have forced games to be postponed or even for individual players to sit out big games if they were in contact of coronavirus. Teams and players are now left with having to create their own hype and excitement in an empty stadium. The excited fans will have to watch their beloved team from the TV screens. Through all the madness and distractions that could affect the way the game was played, these players were able to keep a cool and focused head to assert dominance in the unprecedented 2020 season.
The Top Five Players Of 2020:
5. Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne celebrates a goal that put Man City on equal terms at 1-1 with French team Lyon. Man City would end up losing the quarter-final match 3-1. Photo Courtesy of SkySports.com
Awards: PFA 2020 Player Of The Year, 2020 FIFPro World XI
Team Achievements: 19/20 EFL Cup Winner
Kevin De Bruyne has been a superstar for the past couple years and continues to show his dominance in England. De Bruyne came off a sensational 2019 year, including a podium finish in the Ballon D’or standings. The Belgian midfielder had a total of 19 goals and 23 assists in the 2020 calendar year. With 42 goal contributions on the year, De Bruyne showed his skills day in and day out. De Bruyne had a sensational run in late October and early November, where in four games he recorded 6 assists. His continued consistency has put him in excellent form and has created a problem for opposition's defense. Only being 29, De Bruyne still has time to progress to even better greatness.
4. Lionel Messi
Messi pumps his fist after scoring his fourth goal of the game for Barcelona. They would go on to win 4-0 against Eibar. Photo Courtesy ESPN.com
Awards: 2020 FIFPro World XI, Laureus 2020 Sportsman Of The Year, 19/20 La Liga Top Scorer
Lionel Messi’s career talents and achievements have made him a household name across the world. Messi continues year after year proving why he is one of the best and he did again in 2020. Messi had 27 goals and 19 assists in the year which can be considered by many fans average for Messi. There is no doubt that Messi has put up more impressive seasons, including his 91 goals in 2012, but a total of 46 goal contributions on the year is still very impressive for the 33 year old. All though impressive, Messi will still feel he had an off year. Messi’s contract is set to expire at the end of June, and he has already verbally expressed that he would like to take his talents somewhere else. With Messi being an incredible talent and legend, many top teams across Europe will be looking to snatch him for next year.
3. Erling Braut Haaland
Haaland does his classic meditation celebration after scoring against Paris Saint-Germain. Dortmund would go on to win the first leg match 2-1. Photo Courtesy ESPN.com
Awards: 2020 Golden Boy Award
Erling Haaland had a spectacular 2020 year. The Borussia Dortmund striker had a total of 39 goals and 6 assists on the year, in just 37 games played. Haaland left his former club Red Bull Salzburg right at the end of 2019, and played his first game of 2020 with Dortmund. His debut with Dortmund was something special, Haaland came on in the 56th minute vs Augsburg and completed a twenty minute hat-trick for a sensational debut. His world class season earned him the 2020 Golden Boy Award given to a player who is 21 years old or younger and seen as the best player by sports journalists. Haaland’s world class performances have put him in the names of the superstars. His great consistency has gotten him looks from big clubs like Manchester City, Barcelona, Chelsea, and Juventus.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates as he scores his third goal of the game vs Cagliari,
bagging his first hat-trick of 2020. Photo Courtesy nhandan.org
Awards: Globe Soccer Player Of The Century (2001-20), 2020 FIFPro World XI, 2020 Golden Foot Award
Team Achievements: 19/20 Serie A Winner
Cristiano Ronaldo has shown why he’s one of the greatest players of all time in every season he has played. In every season since the 2009-10 season, Ronaldo has scored at least 20 goals. He has recently been named the Globe Soccer Player Of The Century, as well as becoming the first person on Instagram to reach 150 million followers. The 35 year old has proven himself as one of the best to do it, as he has captured trophies in England, Spain, Italy, and a trophy for his national team Portugal. Ronaldo recorded 44 goals and 6 assists in the calendar year 2020. He had 13 games where he scored at least 2 goals including two hat tricks. Ronaldo is in his 19th season and is not showing any signs of slowing down his spectacular performances.
1. Robert Lewandowski
(Lewandowski points four fingers at the camera after scoring his fourth goal of the game vs Hertha. His four goals would be good enough for a 4-3 win. Photo Courtesy SkySports.com)
Awards: 2020 The Best FIFA Men’s Player, 2020 FIFPro World XI
Team Achievements: 19/20 Bundesliga Title Winner (Top Scorer), 19/20
German Cup Winner (Top Scorer), 19/20 Champions League Winner (Top
Scorer), 2020 German Super Cup Winner, 2020 UEFA Super Cup Winner
Lewandowski had one of the best single season performances that the sport has seen. With 47 goals and 14 assists he helped his squad Bayern Munich win five trophies in 2020 including the biggest competition of them all, The Champions League Final. The Polish International was also the top scorer in three of the five competitions they went on to win. He also went on to win the second biggest individual award given out in the year, being The Best FIFA Men’s Player. Many fans across the world believed that Lewandowski would have won the biggest individual award The Ballon D’or, but the award was cancelled this year due to coronavirus. Lewandowski also made the 2020 FIFPro World XI, meaning he was the best player in his position for the 2020 year. The 32 year old is showing his dominance in the sport and will look to