COVID-19: 2020 Ballon d’Or award cancelled

COVID-19: 2020 Ballon d'Or award cancelled-verasgist.com

The 2020 Ballon d’Or has been cancelled and will not be awarded for the first time since 1956,. The organizers, France Football, feel that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the conditions to choose a winner have not been met.

Ballon d’Or is an award given to a player as a reward for been a good steward in football by France Football magazine, the Ballon d’Or has been given out every year since Stanley Matthews won the first one in 1956.

A statement from France Football reads: “For the first time in its history, which began in 1956, the Ballon d’Or will not be awarded in 2020, because after thoughtful consideration it turns out that all conditions are not met”.

Lionel Messi of Barcelona has won the Ballon d’Or most times with a record six times, followed by his longtime and biggest rival Cristiano Ronaldo who has won five (one with Manchester United and four with Real Madrid ) but now a player of the Old Ladies of Italian football Juventus.

George Weah who is currently serving as the 25th president of Liberia is the first and only African player to win the award, he won it in 1995 while playing for AC Milan in the Serie A.

Below is the full list of Ballon d’Or winners since it’s inception in 1956

1956: Stanley Matthews (Blackpool)

1957: Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid)

1958: Raymond Kopa (Real Madrid)

1959: Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid)

1960: Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

1961: Omar Sivori (Juventus)

1962: Josef Masopust (Dukla Prague)

1963: Lev Yashin (Dynamo Moscow)

1964: Denis Law (Manchester United)

1965: Eusebio (Benfica)

1966: Bobby Charlton (Manchester United)

1967: Florian Albert (Ferencvaros)

1968: George Best (Manchester United)

1969: Gianni Rivera (AC Milan)

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1970: Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich)

1971: Johan Cruyff (Ajax)

1972: Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich)

1973: Johan Cruyff (Barcelona)

1974: Johan Cruyff (Barcelona)

1975: Oleg Blokhin (Dynamo Kyiv)

1976: Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich)

1977: Allan Simonsen (Borussia Monchengladbach)

1978: Kevin Keegan (Hamburg)

1979: Kevin Keegan (Hamburg)

1980: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich)

1981: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich)

1982: Paolo Rossi (Juventus)

1983: Michel Platini (Juventus)

1984: Michel Platini (Juventus)

1985: Michel Platini (Juventus)

1986: Igor Belanov (Dynamo Kyiv)

1987: Ruud Gullit (AC Milan)

1988: Marco van Basten (AC Milan)

1989: Marco van Basten (AC Milan)

1990: Lothar Matthaus (Internazionale)

1991: Jean-Pierre Papin (Marseille)

1992: Marco van Basten (AC Milan)

1993: Roberto Baggio (Juventus)

1994: Hristo Stoichkov (Barcelona)

1995: George Weah (AC Milan)

1996: Matthias Sammer (Borussia Dortmund)

1997: Ronaldo (Internazionale)

1998: Zinedine Zidane (Juventus)

1999: Rivaldo (Barcelona)

2000: Luis Figo (Real Madrid)

2001: Michael Owen (Liverpool)

2002: Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2003: Pavel Nedved (Juventus)

2004: Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan)

2005: Ronaldinho (Barcelona)

2006: Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid)

2007: Kaka (Milan)

2008: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

2009: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2010: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2011: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2012: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2013: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2014: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2015: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2016: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2017: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2018: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2019: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2020: Cancelled

Who do you think would have won this prestigious award in 2020?

Reporter: Baatee Barinaa-iyalo

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