Ballon D’Or 2020 has been cancelled due to the deadly coronavirus
The Ballon d’Or 2020 will not be awarded due to the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.
This was confirmed by the award organisers Group L’Equipe have confirmed.
This will be the first time the trophy has not been awarded since Englishman Stanley Matthews won the inaugural edition in 1956.
The decision to cancel the Ballon D’Or 2020 award comes after consultation with the group stakeholders, who decided that the conditions under which the award is usually handed out could not be met this year.
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A statement by Pascal Ferré, editor-in-chief of France Football stated:
“As the organiser of the Ballon d’Or, the Group L’Equipe, to which France Football belongs, decided not to award the most prestigious individual trophy there is in 2020,”
“For the first time since 1956, the Ballon d’Or will take a break.
“There will be no edition in 2020, because it turns out, after thoughtful consideration, that all the conditions are not met.
“We believe that such a singular year cannot – and should not – be treated as an ordinary one.
“From a sports perspective, two months (January and February), out of the 11 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 played in a single game“