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

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

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

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

“There will probably be no version in 2020, as a result of it seems, after considerate consideration, that every one the situations will not be met. We consider that such a singular yr can’t — and shouldn’t — be handled as an abnormal one,” editor-in-chief of France Soccer Pascal Ferre mentioned in an announcement.

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

“Lastly, the fairness that prevails for this honorary title won’t be warranted, particularly with regards to accounting and preparation: all of the award seekers won’t be in the identical boat, some having seen their season minimize quick. Subsequently, 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 same old 4 particular person trophies, the organisation will announce a “Dream Group” on the finish of the yr. Eleven gamers will characteristic and will probably be chosen by the same old Ballon d’Or jury.

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

The award was created in 1956 and is essentially the most prestigious particular person trophy in soccer. In 2018 it added the Ballon d’Or Feminin to reward the very best soccer participant within the girls’s sport.

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

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