One of soccer’s most prestigious awards will have no recipient this year.
The Group L’Équipe announced that the Ballon D’or will not be given out due to the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the season. In order to avoid confusion amidst unordinary circumstances, the organization decided it made more sense to have a gap year.
The Ballon d’Or will not be awarded in 2020.
— France Football (@francefootball) July 20, 2020
“There will be no edition in 2020, because it turns out, after thoughtful consideration, that all the conditions are not met. We believe that such a singular year cannot -and should not- be treated as an ordinary one.”
Awards such as the Ballon D’or often mark high points in a professional athlete’s career. Winning one could mean more endorsements, contract leverage, higher jersey sale numbers, among other benefits. The sports media industry milks every penny out of achievements and highlights into a multi-billion dollar industry. An achievement like the Ballon D’or is nothing short of striking gold.
The French honor given to the “best player in football” has lately traded hands between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi (who just won a record-breaking sixth award last year). Although this year, players such as Robert Lewandowski built a resume many fans deemed worthy of winning the prize. There hasn’t been a lot to look forward to in today’s current events, and in a year where other clubs had a chance of winning, some fans are left understandably disappointed.
Check out some of their reactions below.
When you have the best goal-scoring season of your career and the Ballon d'Or ceremony is canceled. pic.twitter.com/GrkQ3Angbk
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 20, 2020
Me to my kids in 2040:
In 2020, Dani Parejo was the best in the world. He played out of his skin & dominated everybody. He was favourite for the Ballon d’Or. And then it got canceled for that year. Real shame. The greatest player to not win a Ballon d’Or. He deserves an apology. pic.twitter.com/oY8Nk4klpU
— Slake (@Cerebrone) July 20, 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo robbed of the Balon D'Or again…
— UG (@UgwunnaEjikem) July 20, 2020
Goal contributions this season (excluding penalties):
1st 🇵🇱Lewandowski – 51
2nd 🇦🇷Messi – 50
3rd 🇫🇷Mbappe – 47
4th 🏴Sancho – 40
5th 🇩🇪Muller – 37
Where is Ronaldo? Ballon d’or contender?
— 𝓕𝓑𝓗 🐐 (@LFCrezz) July 20, 2020
Robert Lewandowski in 2019-20:
🥇 Bundesliga winner
🥇 DFB-Pokal winner
Top scorer in every competition he's played in, including the Champions League 🔥
Was this his year for the Ballon d'Or? 🏆 pic.twitter.com/gi0OKT39Dm
— Goal (@goal) July 20, 2020
When you are a Bayern fan and:
➤ Ballon d'Or is cancelled this year
➤ They might not use VAR in the Champions League when Real Madrid is still in the competition
— Bayern Gladiator (@BayernGladiator) July 20, 2020
Ballon d'or cancelled this year which means messi will be the title holder for one more year pic.twitter.com/thmgfv50ig
— Kevin (@BrazilianTrent) July 20, 2020