With this postponement, the 2019 winner Lionel Messi would get to hold on to his crown for another year, and he’s also the record holder, with six Ballon D’or to his name. His closest rival, Christian Ronaldo having five.
France Football released 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.
The decision to cancel the Ballon D’or for this year is quite understandable due to the long break in the season and the cancellation of some leagues, like the French League and Dutch league.
The race for the Ballon d’Or was very intriguing as players were put in top performances and helped their teams land trophies, and some still battling for trophies that are left, like the Champions League, Europa League and more. Check out the list of the players that would have made it to the official list.
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Real Madrid’s captain and leader has provided breathtaking moments countless times this season. He managed to score ten goals this season, while also leading the best defense in the Spanish La Liga, to lift the trophy and the Spanish Super Cup. No surprise to him making the list.
Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
Arguably the best goalkeeper in the world this season, Courtois has shown times without numbers how much Chelsea miss him. Saving Madrid on countless occasions with stellar saves, and often the difference between a win and a draw, or a draw and loss, Courtois was definitely one of the forerunners for the award, as he won the Spanish Zamora trophy for the best goalkeeper in the league.
Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
If anyone calls De Bruyne the best midfielder in the world, there’s probably nobody that would dispute that. A creative workhorse, capable of leading a team and being the difference regularly. A standout performer in the Premier League, his performance in the first leg of City’s game vs Madrid was just one of his clutch moments. City still have the opportunity to lift the Champions League and that would definitely boost his reputation as the best midfielder in the world.
Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
Making the record of the highest assists in a season in the bundeliga, Muller proved why he’s one of the best players of his generation. With the bundesliga title and DFB pokal under his belt, coupled with the opportunity to lift the Champions League, Muller would have been a strong contender for the award.
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
The leading marksman in a side without Ronaldo, Benzema has stepped up pretty well. Netting 21 league goals and providing 8 assists, he ensure Madrid lifted the La Liga and also the Spanish Super Cup. He still has an important role to play in the reverse Champions league fixture against Man City. He’s also a strong contender for the prize.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
With 28 goals to his name in the Serie A, Ronaldo proved why he’s regarded as one of the greatest goal scorers. The Portuguese forward is set to win the Serie A title this season and could have potentially improved his chances to win the Ballon d’or with the Champions League still to play for.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Maybe the greatest player of all time, Messi once again proved why he’s regarded as the greatest player of all time. Leading the goal scoring, assists, big chances and dribbles chart in La Liga, it was quite a disappointment for Barcelona to lose the league. However, Messi’s lack of trophies would have been dent to his stellar season.
Robert Lewandoski (Bayern Munich)
Probably the most worthy player to win the Ballon D’or this year, the polish striker was extremely beyond measurable for Bayern Munich. Scoring 51 goals in 43 games, and the Bundesliga title and DFB-Pokal title under his belt and the Champions League still left to fight for, he truly deserved the award this year. Should he win the Champions league, he would be undoubtedly the best player in the world this season. Too bad the award got cancelled, but he would be proud of himself, as he would have been able to break the duopoly of the award between Ronaldo and Messi, just as Luka Modric did.
By Muyiwa Aguda
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