Ballon D’Or award the biggest and most prestigious football award of the year has cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Ballon d’Or, presented by France Football Magazine, was first given to Stanley Mathieu in 1956 and has been given to the best footballers every year since.
So far, Argentina’s Lionel Messi has won the award a record six times, while his rival Cristiano Ronaldo has won the award five times.
The magazine had started giving awards to women footballers in 2018 but now this process has also been stopped.
This year’s Euro Cup and Copa America Cup have been postponed, so the awards would have depended mostly on the performance in the Champions League, but now the event has also been shortened.
In that case, Ballon D’Or would have to decide on its performance in just three matches, the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the final.
Along with all these changes, the Copa Trophy for the under-21 player and the Leo Yashin Award for Best Goalkeeper have also been cancelled this year.
The Ballon d’Or and FIFA awards for the best performers in each category after the cancellation will be given this year, but it has not been announced when or where the awards will be given.