For the first time since 1956, the Ballon d’Or will not be awarded to any player this year due to the interruption of football in 2020 caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
France Football, the organisers of the Ballon d’Or, announced that due to the “lack of sufficient fair conditions” a prize that has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent times will not be awarded for this calendar year.
The Ballon d’Or, a prestigious Golden Ball has been handed out to the best player on the planet since 1956.
We are, however, living in extraordinary times and the decision has been taken that it would not be right to pick out a leading performer given the circumstances in which professional sport is currently being played out.
That means 2019 winner Messi will keep his crown for another 12 months.
The Barcelona superstar has six Ballons d’Or to his name, with eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus boasting five.
Two all-time greats would have been expected to come into contention again in 2020, along with the likes of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
Every top performer is, however, going to have to wait for another glitzy ceremony to be held, with United States star Megan Rapinoe also set to keep hold of her title in the women’s game for another year.
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