France Football announces that the Ballon d’Or will not be awarded in 2020


France Football, the magazine behind the annual Ballon d’Or, has announced that the award will not be presented this year.The move comes as a result of complications from the coronavirus pandemic, which ended or canceled major football leagues.

It is the first time since 1956 that the Ballon d’Or will not be awarded.

“There will be no edition in 2020, because it turns out, after careful consideration, that all the conditions are not met,” said Pascal Ferre, editor in chief of France Football, in a press release.

“We believe that such a unique year cannot – and should not – be treated as an ordinary year.

“From a sporting point of view, two months (January and February), out of the eleven generally required to form an opinion and decide who should win the trophies, represent far too little to be judged and judged; not to mention that the other games were played – or will be played – under unusual conditions (behind closed doors, with five substitutes, the final 8 of the Champions League played in a single match).

“Finally, the equity that prevails for this honorary title will not be guaranteed, particularly in terms of accounting and preparation: all the winners will not be in the same boat, some having seen their seasons cut short. Therefore, how can we make a fair comparison To avoid overly complicated calculations and projections, we have chosen the less bad of the options.

“This decision, which was of course taken with all the Group’s stakeholders, does not please us but it seems to be the most responsible. Protecting the credibility and legitimacy of such an award also means ensuring its perfect sustainability.

“The Ballon d’Or will once again bring together the big family and football enthusiasts in 2021, to relive the happiness that surrounds the ceremonies as we have experienced in recent years. ”

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was aiming to retain his prize after triumphing in 2019. He had to face competition from Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and many more who lit up 2020.

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