Ballon d’Or 2020 will not be awarded in 2020 due to “lack of balance”
According to reports France Football have confirmed there will be no Ballon d’Or awarded in 2020 due to the “exceptional circumstances” the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the season.
The award was scheduled to take place in December were the best men and women footballers for the calendar year are presented with d’Or and Ballon d’Or feminine respectively.
This will be the first time since 1956 that France Football will not hand out the prestigious individual award. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have won 11 awards between the two. Messi won last year to make it his sixth Ballon d’Or overall, with Cristiano Ronaldo a five-time winner.
But, Luka Modric broke the 12-year dominance of the duo after winning it in 2018.
À circonstances exceptionnelles, dispositions exceptionnelles. Pour la première fois de son histoire, débutée en 1956, le #Ballondor France Football ne sera pas attribué en 2020, faute de conditions équitables suffisantes.
— France Football (@francefootball) July 20, 2020
French League 1 was cancelled amid the coronavirus with other top major leagues across Europe deciding to conclude the 2019/20 season.
“From a sports perspective, two months (January and February), out of the eleven generally required to form an opinion and decide who should lift the trophies, represent far too little to gauge and judge; without forgetting that the other games were played – or will be played – in unordinary conditions (behind closed doors, with five replacements, Champions League’s Final 8 played in a single game).
“Finally, the equity that prevails for this honorary title will not be warranted, especially when it comes to accounting and preparation: all the award seekers will not be in the same boat, some having seen their season cut short. Therefore, how can we establish a fair comparison? To avoid overly convoluted calculations and projections, we chose the least bad of the options.”
The winners for the year 2020 Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe will retain their respective award until December 2021.