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Breaking: 2020 Ballon d'Or Cancelled

For the first time in 64 years, no Ballon d'Or will be awarded this year, France Football has confirmed.

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The prestigious accolade, which has been lifted six times by Lionel Messi and five times by Cristiano Ronaldo over the past 12 years, will return in 2021.

"For the first time since 1956, the Ballon d'Or will take a break. There will be no edition in 2020, because it turns out, after thoughtful consideration, that all the conditions are not met. We believe that such a singular year cannot – and should not – be treated as an ordinary one," Pascal Ferre, editor in chief of France Football, explained.

Click through the gallery below to see the last 10 different Ballon d'Or winners:

"From a sports perspective, two months (January and February), out of the 11 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 unordinary conditions (behind closed doors, with five replacements, Champions League’s final eight played in a single game).

"Finally, the equity that prevails for this honorary title will not be warranted, especially when it comes to accounting and preparation: all the award seekers will not be in the same boat, some having seen their season cut short. Therefore, how can we establish a fair comparison? To avoid overly convoluted calculations and projections, we chose the least bad of the options.

"This decision, which was taken, of course, with all the Group stakeholders, does not delight us but it seems to be the most responsible one. Protecting the credibility and legitimacy of such an award also means ensuring its flawlessness over time.

"The Ballon d'Or will gather again the football big family and enthusiasts in 2021, to relive the happiness that surrounds the ceremonies as we have experienced them in recent years."

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Instead, France Football will announce a 2020 World Dream Team, picked by 180 jury members from all over the world.

Do you think it is the right decision not to name a winner for the Ballon d'Or this year? Have your say in the comments section below.

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