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2020 BALLON d’Or CANCELLED: due to the “lack of a sufficiently level playing field”- Organisers

The 2020 Ballon d’Or will not be held due to the “lack of a sufficiently level playing field” caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The annual award to the World’s best footballer, organisers France Football announced has been cancelled.

The award of the prize which has been giving out every year since 1956, the organisers said “not worthy” of the trophy’s history.

The organisers further added “We did not want to put an indelible asterisk on the prize list as a trophy won in exceptional circumstances due to the health crisis of Covid-19’.

“Protecting the credibility and legitimacy of such a prize also means guaranteeing its irreproachability over time.”

Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi won the trophy in the men’s category, while US striker Megan Rapinoe won the women’s category last year.

The prize which was only awarded to European players from its inception in 1956 until 1995 when it was extended to European club, was first won by England’s Stanley Matthews.

However, with growing list of players around the World plying their football trade in Europe and the increasing global acceptance of the award, it was extended to the World in 2007.

The winner is chosen by journalists from all over the world, with one representative from each nation.

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