The Ballon d’Or will not be awarded in 2020, organisers France Football have confirmed.
It will be the first time since 1956 the prize will not be awarded amid the coronavirus pandemic.
France Football, which has been organising the annual Ballon d’Or awards since its inception in 1956 – with a five year tie-up with the FIFA World Player awards between 2010 and 2015 – has announced that due to the coronavirus pandemic there will be no winner of the 2020 Ballon d’Or.
Editor Pascal Ferre said:
“For the first time since 1956, the Ballon d’Or will take a break. 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.