ADEOLA AJAYI, EKITI
The pandemic continues to spread its wings in all sector. The annual The Ballon d’Or will not be awarded this year due to the impact of Covid-19 pandemic.
According to record this will be the first time tgr event will be put to freeze since Englishman Stanley Matthews won the inaugural edition in 1956.
“There will be no edition in 2020, because it turns out, after thoughtful consideration, that all the conditions are not met,” said Pascal Ferre, the editor of the magazine.
“We believe that such a singular year cannot… be treated as an ordinary year,” he added.
“Two months (January and February), out of the eleven generally required to form an opinion and decide who should lift the trophies, represent far too little to gauge and judge, without forgetting that the other games were played –- or will be played –- in unusual conditions (behind closed doors, with five replacements, Champions League’s Final 8 played in a single game).”
The women’s Ballon d’Or, which was first awarded in 2018, has also been cancelled.