The World Player’s Award, first awarded in 1956, has been suspended due to what France Football describes as “a lack of sufficient level playing field” due to the disruption to world play caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Such a singular year cannot – and should not – be treated as an ordinary year. If in doubt, it is better to abstain than to persist, ”we read in a press release published on the magazine’s website.
“The fairness that prevails for this honorary title could not be preserved, in particular at the statistical level and also in the preparation since all the candidates for the prize could not be accommodated in the same boat, some having seen their season radically cut. , others don’t. How to compare the incomparable? “
No chance for Messi to repeat
The current holder of the award is Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who won it for a record sixth time in 2019.
“Protecting the credibility and legitimacy of such an award also means ensuring its perfect sustainability,” continues the magazine’s press release.
“In these turbulent times, taking a break is a luxury and an inestimable necessity.”
The “big five” European leagues, with the exception of France, have or are about to end the 2019-20 seasons.