There’ll no Ballon d’Or winners in 2020 as a result of ongoing influence the coronavirus pandemic has had on the sport, organisers France Soccer journal have introduced.
Because of this, it will likely be the primary time soccer’s most prestigious particular person prize is not going to be handed out since its inception in 1956.
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France Soccer believes there was ‘a scarcity of ample truthful circumstances’ due to the disruption prompted to the worldwide sport by COVID-19.
“Such a singular yr can not – and shouldn’t – be handled as an abnormal yr. When unsure, it’s higher to abstain than to persist,” a press release on the journal’s web site learn.
“The equity that prevails for this honorary title couldn’t be preserved, specifically on the statistical degree and in addition within the preparation since all of the aspirants to the award couldn’t be housed in the identical boat, some having seen their season minimize radically, others not. How can we evaluate the incomparable?”
Barcelona ahead Lionel Messi is the present holder of the award, having received it for a document sixth time in 2019.
“Defending the credibility and legitimacy of such an award additionally means guaranteeing its flawlessness over time,” the journal’s assertion continued.
“In these turbulent instances, taking a break is a luxurious and a useful necessity.”
The ‘massive 5’ European leagues, except France, have or are on the right track to finish the 2019-20 seasons, albeit behind closed doorways.
Whereas each Messi and Ronaldo are having good seasons by their requirements, the information could come as a blow to Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who has scored 34 Bundesliga targets in 31 video games this season.
“If you happen to have a look at what he’s achieved, you need to take into account it,” stated his supervisor, Hans Flick, when requested in regards to the participant’s probabilities of successful after Bayern’s Cup ultimate win over Leverkusen firstly of July.
Lewandowski scored twice and Flick added: “Why shouldn’t it’s somebody from the Bundesliga? He fulfils all the necessities.”