The organisers of the Ballon d’Or awarding ceremony Group L’Equipe has confirmed that there will be no Ballon d’Or to be won this year because of exceptional situations.
The Ballon d’Or award is the most prestigious individual award which is always given to the best player in the world with the awarding ceremony always held in France.
The Ballon d’Or award will not be awarded for first first time since 1956 after organisers of the awarded claimed the conditions on which the award is always given out have not been met. “For the first time since 1956, the Ballon d’Or will take a break. 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 singular year cannot -and should not- be treated as an ordinary one.” Editor in chief Pascal Ferré France Football confirmed.
One of the reasons as to why the award won’t be given is that football has not been in action for the required 11 months, The chief in editor Pascal Ferré claimed that From a sports perspective only January and February met the required prescriptions of the 11 months of football action required to stage the award citing this would be far less than the required standard “From a sports perspective, two months (January and February), out of the eleven generally required to form an opinion and decide who should lift the trophies, represent far too little to gauge and judge; without forgetting that the other games were played – or will be played – in an ordinary conditions (behind closed doors, with five replacements, Champions League’s Final 8 played in a single game). ” – Pascal Ferré.
The Ballon d’Or award that was created in the 1956 has since become the most prestigious award after being won by great players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Ronaldinho and Zidane. After the award being suspended for 2020, Ronaldo and Messi will now wait until 2021 to another Ballon d’Or.