The Ballon d’Or is not going to be awarded this yr as a result of extraordinary situations created by the coronavirus pandemic, organisers France Soccer introduced on Monday.
It is going to be the primary time the trophy given for the world’s greatest males’s footballer has not been awarded since Englishman Stanley Matthews gained the inaugural version in 1956.
“There will probably be no version in 2020, as a result of it seems, after considerate consideration, that every one the situations aren’t met,” stated Pascal Ferre, the editor of the journal.
The COVID-19 outbreak noticed all main soccer leagues shut down in March, with the German Bundesliga the primary to renew behind closed doorways in Could.
France Soccer stated it will be unfair to vote on the world’s greatest participant when some leagues, together with the French Ligue 1, cancelled their seasons early.
Ferre additionally instructed that it will not be proper to evaluate gamers primarily based on video games performed with out spectators current.
“We consider that such a singular yr can not… be handled as an peculiar yr,” he added.
“Two months (January and February), out of the eleven usually required to kind an opinion and resolve who ought to raise the trophies, symbolize far too little to gauge and decide, with out forgetting that the opposite video games had been performed –- or will probably be performed –- in uncommon situations (behind closed doorways, with 5 replacements, Champions League’s Last eight performed in a single recreation).”
Lionel Messi gained a record-breaking sixth Ballon d’Or final yr.
The ladies’s Ballon d’Or, which was first awarded in 2018, has additionally been cancelled.
France Soccer added that it was trying ahead to holding a ceremony in 2021, however that this yr it will as an alternative organise a vote for the all-time biggest males’s XI.