Last time, we feature players that will benefit from the postponement of Euro 2020. This time, we have the players to suffer big time from its year-long delay. The Euro 2020 was supposed to have commenced last week, but players will have to wait for another year to witness the most glorious event in European football. Here are the top players to suffer from the Euro 2020 postponement:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Ageing is one of football player’s fears as it will cripple their endurance and flexibility. The reigning champions had been looking ahead to this year’s tournament with optimism that they can defend their title. However, Portugal and Italian side talisman Cristiano Ronaldo will be 36 by the Euros in 2021, and despite the looking strong physique, Ronaldo has slowed down that resulted to easing workload.
Ronaldo, skipper of Portugal’s surprise winners of Euro 2016,were seen in the gym for several hours a day defying the physical effects of age during the halt of sports. Ronaldo, who has now scored 98 goals for his country, will also have the chance to become only the second man in history to reach 100 international goals by next summer if injury will not blow within the delay.
Eden Hazard (Belgium)
Euro 2020 was one of the last chances Belgium’s ‘Golden Generation’ as seven from the last World Cup squad were aged 30. In 2021 Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne will both turn 30, Toby Alderweireld will be 32 and Jan Vertonghen 34, and this season has shown both defenders are past their best, while Axel Witsel will also be 32. Hazard has not been in great form for Real Madrid.
The Belgium playmaker, who only recently returned from a three-month lay-off due to an ankle problem, underwent anothertests following an injury prior to the halt of the season. Ageing and injury are not so good combination in football, and a year-long halt will not solve the threat. For Hazard, it can either be benefit or an issue depending on his physical decline.
Luka Modric (Croatia)
Two years ago, Luka Modric had clinched the Ballon d’Or and The Best FIFA Men’s Player awards after a sensational year for both club and country, trailing Croatia to the final of the World Cup, where they lost to France. It was two years ago and Modric, now a veteran in the game at 34, does not appear to be the same player. His position at Real Madrid under ZinedineZidane is no longer certain
The Real Madrid star had a disappointing end to last season and a less than ideal start to the new one for the club. He will be 35 by the time the tournament commence next year and compared to Ronaldo and Hazard, he has looked distinctly weary over the past few months. If during the delay Modric will relive his skills despite ageing, there is a possibility that he might save the team.