The Ballon d’Or 2020 will not be handed out to the winner due to pandemic caused by COVID-19, France Football confirmed.
The most sought-after award of the footballing world [Ballon d’Or 2020] will not be handed out because of the Coronavirus, who could have won the award?
The Ballon d’Or has become one of the biggest awards for footballers in their career, with lifting the award seen by players as the pinnacle of excellence in the sport.
Argentina’s star forwarder and Portugal’s striker, Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the award respectively, winning the award 11 times between them in past 12 years. Leo Messi, won it record 6 times, while the former Real Madrid talisman has lifted the award 5 times in his illustrious career.
Leo Messi is the current holder after claiming his sixth Ballon d’Or back in December, and the Argentine will now continue his defence through to 2021 after France Football announced the prize would not be awarded in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic means the Ballon d’Or 2020 has been cancelled.
France Football has announced that the Ballon d’Or 2020 for the best player will not be handed out this season due to the “lack of sufficient fair conditions”.
If that decision of cancelling the award had not been made, who would have the favourite to win Ballon d’Or 2020? In this regard, The Sports Round Up takes a look at top-five who were in line to win the prestigious prize.
#5 Neymar (Paris Saint-German)
Stats in 2020: Nine goals, four assists. Won Ligue1.
The Brazilian star led PSG past Dortmund in the last 16 of the Champions League in February, is in a team chasing a quadruple and faces a path to the Champions League final that does not contain any of Europe’s big hitters in their way, as UCL draw looks.
#4 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Stats In 2020: 10 goals, four assists. Won La Liga and Supercopa de Espana.
Albeit he had not been in the chart over the winter, but yet he had ended his campaign with scoring 21 goals in La Liga and providing four assists. Karim’s form will be very crucial against Manchester City in their UCL tie in August at Etihad.
#3 Leo Messi (FC Barcelona)
Stats In 2020: 15 goals, 17 assists.
The top scorer of La Liga, the most assists provider in La Liga and the more goal contribution in 2020 than any other active player in top-five leagues. Yet he, the magician is ranked third in the last.
The Ballon d’Or current holder’s chances of winning a record seventh prize were hit by both Barcelona’s failure to win La Liga and their poor form meaning they likely would have needed to raise their game hugely to challenge for the Champions League. FC Barcelona to face Napoli in August in their Champions League tie at home.
#2 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
Stats In 2020: 20 goals, five assists.
Cristiano Ronaldo had either netted the ball into the six-yard box or provided assists in every one of Juventus’ Serie A matches in 2020 as they keep marching towards another Scudetto.
Failing in Coppa Italia and being behind against Lyon in their Champions League last-16 tie implies Ronaldo cannot beat the list right presently, but he would certainly be within the running for the best award in 2020.
#1 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Stats In 2020: 21 goals, four assists. Won Bundesliga & DFB Pokal.
Robert Lewandowski has been phenomenal throughout for Bayern in 2020. He is the top scorer of every competition he’s played in, including Champions League.
No player other than Bayern Munich’s striker can feel hard about the cancellation of Ballon d’Or 2020, this was his year to win the prestigious award on one of the biggest footballing nights.
The Poland international, Robert is in a blistering firm for German giants.
At the age of 31, he may not get a better chance of claiming the ultimate individual prize.