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Who are the top 10 stars expected to compete for the Golden Ball 2020?

The Bleacher Report page made an early prediction of the Top 10 Golden Ball 2020 soon after the 2019 Golden Ball was awarded to Messi at the end of last year.

Lionel Messi broke the equilibrium in the Golden Ball competition with Cristiano Ronaldo last year when he had his sixth lift to receive this noble award. They also appeared on the list of players predicted by Bleacher Report to be included in this year’s Top 10 Golden Balls.

Even the prestigious American sports website predicts Messi will continue to receive the highest award from France Football magazine this year to become the first player to win 7 Golden Balls.

Bleacher Report said that Messi was still the heart of Barca, the player that the team could always rely on and he always knowed how to score when necessary.

Bleacher Report even predicts Messi will help Barca win the Champions League this season and win the first trophy with the Argentina team in the Copa America that has been delayed because of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo was not appreciated after finishing third in the 2019 Golden Ball race. The Portuguese striker won the domestic title at Juventus but was not enough to compete for the award.

According to the judgment, Ronaldo only has the opportunity to win the Golden Ball this year when helping Juventus win the Champions League, or with the Portuguese team to win Euro 2020 (also delayed because of the COVID-19 epidemic).

Top 10 Golden Ball 2020 according to Bleacher Report’s prediction

1. Lionel Messi

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

3. Sadio Mane

4. Virgil van Dijk

5. Antoine Griezmann

6. Kylian Mbappe

7. Kevim de Bruyne

8. Neymar

9. Eden Hazard

10. Robert Lewandowski

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Messi, Ronaldo and 10 Champions League records can never be broken

Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have created many spectacular landmarks in the Champions League, including 10 records that can never be broken.

1. The fastest hat-trick (7 and a half minutes – Bafetimbi Gomis vs Dinamo Zagreb, 2011/12)

Sadio Mane can score the fastest hat-trick in the Premier League with 2 minutes and 56 minutes, but in the C1 Cup no one can compare. With 7 and a half minutes, the Lyon striker surpassed the record set by Mike Newell in 1995.

2. Most goals in a knockout match (5 – Lionel Messi vs Leverkusen, 2011/12)

Messi was the only player to score 5 goals in 90 minutes in a knockout match, helping Barca destroy Leverkusen 7-1 in the round of 1/8.

3. Keep the most clean sheets in a row (10 – Jens Lehmann – October 2005 to April 2006)

After conceding to Ajax in the second match of 2005/06 against Arsenal, Lehmann went through the remaining 4 group stage matches and the entire knockout round and conceded no goal.

Sent off after 18 minutes in the final, Lehmann kept a clean sheet a total of more than 800 minutes, or 13.5 hours.

4. Most goals for a goalkeeper (3 – Hans-Jorg Butt)

It’s hard to believe that a goalkeeper scored 3 goals in the Champions League and all against Juventus.

Butt humiliated Juventus in Hamburg, Leverkusen and Bayern Munich with all three goals from the penalty spot.

5. Most goals in a match (12 – Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warsaw, 2016/17)

The crazy match took place at Signal Iduna Park 4 years ago with Reus and Kagawa making twice. Remarkably, up to 6 goals were scored after the first 29 minutes only.

6. Oldest player (43 years and 253 days – Marco Ballotta vs Real Madrid, 2007/08)

Ballotta conceded 3 goals against Real Madrid just a few months before his 44th birthday, breaking Alessandro Costacurta’s previous record of nearly 3 years.

It should be noted that the second oldest player in the tournament’s history, Olexandr Shovkovskiy, is still two years behind Ballotta.

7. Most goals in a season (17 – Cristiano Ronaldo, 2013/14)

The Real Madrid superstar scored 9 goals in the group stage, 4 goals in the 1/8 round, 1 goal in the quarterfinals, 2 in the semi-finals and another in the final.

The only person who has ever approached to beat this record is Ronaldo.

8. The match with the most spectators (115,500 – Barcelona vs PSG, 1994/95)

Although the Nou Camp still boasts the largest capacity in the Champions League, changes to the stadium’s rules have reduced the number of spectators in modern times. Fans may never see this 6-digit landmark again.

9. The defender has the most goals in a match (3 – Layvin Kurzawa vs Anderlecht, 2017/18)

PSG left-back became the first player to achieve this feat two years ago. No defender will ever score 4 in a Champions League match.

10. Youngest player to make a hat-trick (18 years and 114 days – Raul vs Ferencvaros, 1995/96)

Only five teenage players have ever scored a Champions League hat-trick, of which Real Madrid legend Raul is the youngest.

Real Madrid’s Rodrygo Goes threatened this record by setting up a hat-trick against Galatasaray last year with more than 200 days.

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Asian sports village is disordered due to corona virus

Many running events and events that focus on crowds are canceled or delayed.

Not just in China, across the region is witnessing a wave of changes in plans for sporting events. According to Reuters statistics , at least 15 major sporting events have been postponed or canceled. 

Chinese National Super Cup

As planned, the Chinese National Super Cup will be held on February 15 at Suzhou Olympic Sports Center. However, the Chinese Football Association has announced a postponement of the match between the two clubs Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai Shenhua until further notice.

Chinese professional basketball tournament

The second phase of the 2019-2020 season will be halted in the future due to the impact of the coronary pneumonia outbreak. According to the original plan, the matches will start on February 1. Currently, the new schedule has not been determined because it depends on the extent of the impact of the disease, as well as the recommendations of the government.

Asian indoor track and field championships

Asian Athletics Association said it would cancel the tournament on February 12 to February 13 in Hangzhou, China. In a statement, the Association’s leaders said this was to ensure the health and safety of athletes and the community.

The World Indoor Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing is also scheduled from March 13-15 to the following year. 

Asian futsal championship 2020

On the afternoon of February 3, the Asian Football Federation (AFC) sent a notice of postponement of the Asian futsal championship to participating countries, including Vietnam. Previously, the tournament is scheduled to take place from February 26 to March 8 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. AFC has not set a date for the re-competition, it all depends on the situation of corona virus.

Motor racing

Formula E motor race in Sanya canceled its schedule on March 21. This move made the organizers of the Formula One race in a position ready to change the schedule. The Chinese Grand Prix is ​​scheduled to take place in Shanghai on April 19.

Tournament running in Hong Kong

According to the original schedule, the Hong Kong Marathon will take place on February 8 and February 9. However, the widespread spread of the epidemic caused the organizer to decide to cancel the award, even though the number of registered members reached 74,000.

In addition to the postponed tournaments, canceled, many other major sporting events are also in an alarm state. The host country of Japan has expressed concern about the spread of the corona virus and worried about its impact on the schedule of the Tokyo Olympics this summer. Tournament leader Toshiro Muto told the BBC that he hoped the translation would be extinguished as quickly as possible.