Ballon d'Or

No Ballon d'Or award to be presented in 2020

The pandemic around the world has fractured footballing schedules in every major league

1:27pm on Monday 20th July 2020
Martin Macdonald

The prestigious Ballon d’Or award will not be presented to the world’s best player in 2020, the organisers of the ceremony have announced.

Every year the award is given to the best or most influential player of the past year, with recent winners including the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Luka Modric.

However, due to the ongoing pandemic which has seen unprecedented levels of schedule restructuring, curator France Football has decided to cancel the presentation of the award this year.

"We believe that such a unique year cannot, and should not, be treated as an ordinary year," editor-in-chief Pascal Ferre explained in a statement.

“It is far too little to gauge and judge, given that the other matches took place - or will take place - in other conditions (five replacements, European last eight in a single match) which are too far from the usual.

“We aim to protect the credibility and legitimacy of such an award."

In last year’s ceremony, Messi won the male Ballon d’Or, Megan Rapinoe the female, while Matthijs de Ligt won the Kopa Trophy for the best u21 player and Alisson the Yashin Trophy for best goalkeeper.

Latest news

Predicted XI

Aguero to start? How Barcelona could line up against Dynamo Kyiv

Sergio Aguero made his Barcelona debut off the bench against Valencia at the weekend, so is a first start expected in the Champions League?

  • 14 hours
Predicted XI

Rashford to start? How Man Utd could line up against Atalanta

After a disappointing 4-2 defeat to Leicester, Manchester United need a reaction, and their clash with Atalanta is the perfect chance to put things right.

  • 14 hours
Predicted XI

Mount and Silva to return? How Chelsea could line up against Malmo

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea side host Malmo in their third group stage game of this season's Champions League. What will the starting XI look like?

  • 15 hours
European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2021/22: Haaland & Lewandowski reach Benzema

Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski both surged up the standings in the race to score the most goals in Europe this season.

  • 18 hours
Premier League

Premier League top scorers 2021/22: Salah and Vardy lead the way

The Liverpool forward is leading the race for Golden Boot glory on seven goals along with Leicester City star Jamie Vardy.

  • 19 hours

La Liga Table: Real Sociedad end weekend on top as Barca win

Real Sociedad end the weekend on top of the table as Barcelona eased the pressure on coach Ronald Koeman by beating Valencia.

  • 1 day

Most read