France Football magazine today announced that the Ballon d’Or will not be awarded in late 2020 for the first time; since its inception in 1956 due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding the world of football due to the coronavirus pandemic. Leo Messi, leader of the list of winners with six awards ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo with five; and Megan Rapinoe will, have no successor this year and must wait until 2021 to see if anyone dethrones them. A few months ago, FIFA also canceled The Best, which was due in September.
France Football has detailed some of the reasons for cancel the 2020 Ballon d’Or
• Because such a unique year cannot, and should not, be treated as an ordinary year. When in doubt, it is better to abstain than to persist.
• Because the Ballon d’Or transmits values, such as exemplary, solidarity, and responsibility, in addition to sports excellence alone.
• Because the equity prevailing for this honorary title could not be preserved; particularly at the statistical level and also in the preparation; since all the prize applicants could not be treated in the same way and some saw how their season was radically reduced and others not. So how can we compare the incomparable?
• Because we did not want to place an indelible “trophy won in exceptional circumstances due to the Covid-19 health crisis” on the list of awards. We will always prefer a small sprain (to our story) to a large scar. This is the first time since 1956 that the Ballon d’Or has taken a break. We don’t love the parentheses, but we find them the most responsible and logical. Protecting the credibility and legitimacy of such an award also means ensuring that it is irreproachable over time.
• Because of only two months (January and February), of the eleven, generally required to form an opinion and decide among the best. It is too little to evaluate and judge since the other parties took place – or will take place; later in other conditions and formats (behind closed doors, five substitutions; Final to 8 in the Champions League and Europa League in a single match) too far from the usual scene. We cannot rely on the paralyzed seasons, with so many special modifications, to choose the best. The best of what, by the way? It would not be worthy of our history.
• Because our approximately 220 juries (men and women alike) spread around the world; some may have been distracted or diverted from their observation mission due to other priorities and emergencies to handle.
• Because the Ballon d’Or story is too valuable to risk damaging it with a shaky exercise. In these hectic times, taking a break is a luxury and an invaluable necessity. So that football, as a whole, recovers momentum and momentum, passion, and emotion.