COVID-19: Ballon d’Or Will Not be Awarded in 2020
The Ballon d’Or will not be awarded this year due to the extraordinary conditions created by the coronavirus pandemic, organisers France Football announced on Monday.
The prize has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956.
The decision comes after consultation with the group stakeholders, who decided that the conditions under which the award is usually handed out could not be met this year.
“There will be no edition in 2020, because it turns out, after thoughtful consideration, that all the conditions are not met,” said Pascal Ferre, the editor of the magazine.
The 30-player list of nominees is compiled by the editorial staff of the French magazine, with the winner voted for by journalists from around the world, with one representative per nation.
Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or for a sixth time in 2019, while Megan Rapinoe claimed the women’s Ballon d’Or.