France Football have announced that they will not be awarding the Ballon d’Or to any football in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Ballon d’Or is the world’s biggest football award voted by journalists from all over the world, crowning the best player in the world based on his individual performances.
In a year, which has already been unique due to the coronavirus, France Football have decided not to award a footballer with the famous Ballon d’Or. “For the first time since 1956, the Ballon d’Or will take a break,” read an official statement. “There will be no edition in 2020, because it turns out, after thoughtful consideration, that all the conditions are not met.”
“We believe that such a difficult year cannot – and should not – be treated as an ordinary one. The Ballon d’Or will gather again in 2021, to relive the happiness that surrounds the ceremonies as we have experienced in recent years.” Lionel Messi is the current holder and record holder. The FC Barcelona forward has won six Golden Balls during his career. Cristiano Ronaldo has won five and sits in second place. Michel Platini, Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten all have three.