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Ballon d'Or 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

The Ballon d'Or will not be awarded for the year 2020 due to lack of fair conditions, France Football have confirmed.

The Ballon d'Or is awarded on an annual basis by French magazine France Football, and have done so every year since 1956. They have confirmed that because football was impacted so heavily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no player will be presented with the Ballon d'Or.

Robert Lewandowski was tipped to win the 2020 Ballon d'Or over current holder Lionel Messi after a spectacular 50-goal season. However, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner looks set to retain his crown this year. Megan Rapinoe won the 2019 edition of the women's award and will face the same fate as the next best player will only be crowned in 2021.

The French publication, which organises football's most prestigious individual prize, believes the effects of the coronavirus pandemic upon the sport at the elite level means it would be unfair to declare a 2020 winner.

It will be the first time since the Ballon d'Or launched in 1956 that its ballot to decide the finest player in the world will not be taken.

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi claimed the top prize for a record sixth time in 2019, with United States forward Megan Rapinoe lifting the Ballon d'Or Feminin.

Football across the world shut down in March as COVID-19 spread rapidly.

Although the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A and the Bundesliga have all since returned behind closed doors, Ligue 1 was one of the competitions to cancel its 2019-20 schedule.

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