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Robert Lewandowski (left) and Kylian Mbappe speaking at Globe Soccer Awards

French striker Kylian Mbappe and Polish striker Robert Lewandowski have expressed concern that a World Cup will be held every two years.

Fifa has proposed a biennial World Cup rather than holding it every four years under a revamped schedule.

The governing body told delegates at a summit that a biennial World Cup would generate more than £ 3.3 billion in additional revenue over a four-year cycle.

“The World Cup is the World Cup,” said Paris St-Germain forward Mbappé.

“It’s a special thing because it’s something [held] every four years.”

UEFA, The major leagues of Europe and the governing body of South American football La Conmebol opposed the plans.

Caf, the African governing body, gave his support.

“[It is] the best thing, the best competition in the world, ”added Mbappé, 23, who helped France win the 2018 World Cup.

“If you hold it every two years, it may start to be normal to play [in the] World Cup. I mean it’s not normal. This [should be] Something awesome.

“We play over 60 games in a year. You have the Euro, the World Cup, now the Nations League – so many competitions. We are happy to play but when it’s too much, it’s too much. have to recover, we have to stay relaxed.

“If people want to see the quality of the game, the emotion, to see what makes football so beautiful, I think we have to respect the health of the players.”

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski echoed Mbappe’s concerns about players’ demands if a World Cup takes place every two years, with the two speaking at the Globe Soccer Awards.

“We have so many games every year, so many tough weeks, not just the games but the preparation for the season, the preparation for the big tournaments,” said the 33-year-old.

“If you want to offer something special, something different, we also need a break.

“If we have a World Cup every two years, it is expected that the time when footballers play at a high level will diminish… It is physically and mentally impossible.”

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