Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona exhibits his disappointment through the Liga match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Camp Nou on July 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain.
The Ballon d’Or won’t be awarded this 12 months as a result of extraordinary circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic, organisers France Soccer introduced on Monday.
It will likely be the primary time the trophy given for the world’s finest males’s footballer has not been awarded since Englishman Stanley Matthews gained the inaugural version in 1956.
“There can be no version in 2020, as a result of it seems, after considerate consideration, that each one the circumstances should not met,” mentioned 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 mentioned it will be unfair to vote on the world’s finest participant when some leagues, together with the French Ligue 1, cancelled their seasons early.
Ferre additionally steered 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 12 months can’t… be handled as an unusual 12 months,” he added.
“Two months (January and February), out of the eleven usually required to kind an opinion and determine who ought to carry the trophies, characterize far too little to gauge and choose, with out forgetting that the opposite video games had been performed – or can be performed – in uncommon circumstances (behind closed doorways, with 5 replacements, Champions League’s Last eight performed in a single sport).”
Lionel Messi gained a record-breaking sixth Ballon d’Or final 12 months.
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 12 months it will as a substitute organise a vote for the all-time best males’s XI.