Ballon d’Or cancelled for first time in award’s historical past

Ballon d’Or cancelled for first time in award’s historical past

The Ballon d’Or has been awarded yearly since 1956. Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Photographs

The Ballon d’Or has been cancelled for the primary time within the award’s historical past as a result of impression of the coronavirus pandemic on the football calendar.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi received the 2019 award whereas OL Reign’s Megan Rapinoe took dwelling the Ballon d’Or Feminin.

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Organisers of the award, Group L’Equipe, introduced in an announcement on Monday that the circumstances for the prize to happen had not been met.

“There will likely be no version in 2020, as a result of it seems, after considerate consideration, that every one the circumstances should not met. We imagine that such a singular 12 months can not — and shouldn’t — be handled as an bizarre one,” editor-in-chief of France Football Pascal Ferre stated in an announcement.

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“From a sports activities perspective, two months (January and February), out of the 11 typically required to type an opinion and resolve who ought to raise the trophies, characterize far too little to gauge and choose; with out forgetting that the opposite video games had been performed — or will likely be performed — in unordinary circumstances (behind closed doorways, with 5 replacements, Champions League’s Closing eight performed in a single recreation).

“Lastly, the fairness that prevails for this honorary title is not going to be warranted, particularly in terms of accounting and preparation: all of the award seekers is not going to be in the identical boat, some having seen their season lower quick. Due to this fact, how can we set up a good comparability? To keep away from overly convoluted calculations and projections, we selected the least dangerous of the choices.”

As an alternative of awarding the standard 4 particular person trophies, the organisation will announce a “Dream Group” on the finish of the 12 months. Eleven gamers will characteristic and will likely be chosen by the standard Ballon d’Or jury.

Every of the 180 juries will select 11 gamers and the gamers with probably the most quantity of votes will make the ultimate team.

The award was created in 1956 and is probably the most prestigious particular person trophy in football. In 2018 it added the Ballon d’Or Feminin to reward the perfect football participant within the ladies’s recreation.

Alongside the Ballon d’Or, the organisation additionally offers an award to the perfect younger participant and the perfect goalkeeper.

The Ballon d’Or is presided over by France Football, having been a FIFA award from 2010 to 2015. Nonetheless, the 2 firms then break up and football’s governing physique created the FIFA The Finest award, which has run parallel to the Ballon d’Or since 2016.

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