BREAKING: Ballon d'Or 2020 scrapped because of COVID19 disruption, Ronaldo, Messi and co miss out

This will make it the first time in 64 years that the award will not be awarded in a calendar year.

There will be no edition of the Ballon d’Or in 2020 due to the disruption caused by coronavirus, France football has announced

Factors like games being played behind closed doors, competitions not being able to complete properly have apparently been taken into consideration for this decision

This will be the first time since 1956 when the award won’t be handed out on a yearly basis.

To fill the year's gap, the France Football Magazine (the body responsible for handing out the award) have created another trophy - the France Football Dream Team.

The magazine's 180-member jury will select the best team in the history of football from a shortlist of five players in each position.

Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi won the trophy last year, picking up the sixth Ballon d'Or in his career, more than any other player in the history of the sport.

He's expected to be among the frontrunners for the prestigious award again this year after another incredible individual year, alongside eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo who has won it 5 times, other names such as Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski and Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne are being touted  among others.

France Football said in a statement on their official website: “For the first time in its history, which began in 1956, the Ballon d'Or will not be awarded in 2020, due to the lack of sufficient fair conditions. 

“Messi and Rapinoe (as well as [Mattijs] de Ligt and Alisson, winners of the Kopa and Yachine Trophies [for young player and goalkeeper]) will have to wait a year. The winners of the last edition  will have no successors at the end of the year. Because there will be no Ballon d'Or 2020 edition.

"Why? Because such a singular year cannot - and should not - be treated as an ordinary year. When in doubt, it is better to abstain than to persist.

“Because the Ballon d'Or trophy conveys other values - like exemplarity, solidarity and responsibility - rather than merely sporting excellence alone.

“Because the fairness that prevails for this honorary title could not be preserved, in particular at the statistical level and also in the preparation since all the aspirants to the award could not be rightly compared, some having seen their season cut radically short, others not. So how can we compare the incomparable?

"Because of our approximately 220 jurors (men and women combined) distributed around the world, some may have been distracted or diverted from their observation due to other priorities and emergencies to manage.

“We did not want to put an indelible asterisk on the prize list like “trophy won in exceptional circumstances due to the Covid-19 health crisis”. We will always prefer a small sprain to our history to a large scar.

"This is the first time since 1956 that the Ballon d'Or has taken a break. The situation does not enchant us but seems to us the most responsible and logical decision. Protecting the credibility and legitimacy of such an award also means protecting it over time.

"The Ballon d'Or story is too precious to take the risk of damaging it with a wobbly exercise. In these turbulent times, taking a break is a luxury and an invaluable necessity. So that football, as a whole, regains momentum, passion and emotion.”

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