Ballon D’or cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

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France football announced that due to lack of sufficient fair conditions the prize for the best player of the year will not be awarded this year.

A Golden Ball has been given to the best player on the planet since 1956, however, the decision has been taken that this year the golden ball will not be awarded to any player because it’s not right to pick out a leading performer due to situation in which sport has been played out.

That means the best player of all time keeps his best trophy for another 1 year. The Argentine international has six Ballon d’Or to his name one more than his rival Cristiano Ronaldo who has five.

It’s expected that the two best players of all time will compete for the golden ball again with the likes of Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski and Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne.

France Football said in a statement on their official website “For the first time in its history, which began in 1956, the Ballon d’Or will not be awarded in 2020, due to the lack of sufficient fair conditions. 

Lionel Messi, Alisson, Klopp, sai van and jill Ellis all the previous winners of the last year have no successors to hand the trophy at the end of the year, as France Football announced that there will be no Ballon d’Or in 2020.

“Why? Because such a singular year cannot – and should not – be treated as an ordinary year. When in doubt, it is better to abstain than to persist.

“Because the Ballon d’Or trophy conveys other values – like exemplarity, solidarity and responsibility – rather than merely sporting excellence alone.

“Because 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 aspirants to the award could not be rightly compared, some having seen their season cut radically short, others not. So how can we compare the incomparable?

“Because of our approximately 220 jurors distributed around the world, some may have been distracted or diverted from their observation due to other priorities and emergencies to manage.

“We did not want to put an indelible asterisk on the prize list like “trophy won in exceptional circumstances due to the Covid-19 health crisis”. We will always prefer a small sprain to our history to a large scar.

“This is the first time since 1956 that the Ballon d’Or has taken a break. The situation does not enchant us but seems to us the most responsible and logical decision. Protecting the credibility and legitimacy of such an award also means protecting it over time.

“The Ballon d’Or story is too precious to take the risk of damaging it with a wobbly exercise. In these turbulent times, taking a break is a luxury and an invaluable necessity. So that football, as a whole, regains momentum, passion, and emotion.”

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