Ronaldo faces stiff competition to retain Player of the Year award

May 18, 2020

Juventus stars are expected to feature prominently in the battle to be crowned the Serie A Player of the Year for 2020.

Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the award last season after helping Juve win the title in his first year with the club.

The 35-year-old will be a strong contender this time around, having bagged 21 goals in 22 league appearances this term.

However, there are plenty of other players in the running, so read on as we look at the main candidates for this year’s award.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus

With Juve on course to win their ninth successive Serie A title according to the 888sports blog and other bookmakers, Ronaldo will undoubtedly be amongst the front-runners to retain the Player of the Year Award.

Ronaldo is heralded as one of the top three players of his era and it is difficult to argue with that viewpoint.

Despite reaching the veteran stage of his career, Ronaldo remains one of the most influential players in world football.

He scored in 11 consecutive appearances for Juve from the start of December, equalling Gabriel Batistuta’s record set back in 1994/95.

Paulo Dybala – Juventus

Dybala has been in fine form for Juve this season, scoring seven goals and creating nine more in 24 league appearances.

He has looked re-invigorated this term and is firmly established as a regular starter under manager Maurizio Sarri.

The Argentinian playmaker has faced fierce competition for his place while there are reports linking Juventus to moving for a striker next summer, but Dybala seems to have convinced Sarri that he is the right man for the job.

Dybala’s form has once again attracted admiring glances from Premier League clubs and Juve are eager to tie him down to a new long-term deal.

Ciro Immobile – Lazio

Immobile has been one of the most consistent goalscorers in Serie A over the past few years, but he has taken things up a notch this term.

The forward has scored 27 goals and created seven more in 26 league appearances to fire Lazio firmly into the title race.

Immobile’s all-round game appears to be getting better with age and his form has ensured that Lazio are a major threat to Juve’s dominance in Italy.

If he continues in the same vein during the rest of the season, Immobile could be tough to beat in the battle to be crowned Player of the Year.

Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus

Andrea Barzagli’s retirement last summer and an injury to Giorgio Chiellini at the start of the season could have derailed Juve’s title bid.

However, Bonucci has ensured that neither player has been missed as he has produced a plethora of brilliant performances.

His assured displays have helped Matthijs de Ligt settle in after some early season struggles and the pair have formed a formidable partnership.

Bonucci may find it tough to beat the likes of Ronaldo and Dybala in the race to win the Player of the Year award, but he is worthy of inclusion on the short-list.

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