Pandemic forces Ballon d'Or to be cancelled for the first time

France Football has stunned everyone with the announcement that the Ballon d'Or award stands cancelled for the current campaign. This would mean that the award is being cancelled for the first time since 1956. Even though football has resumed in different parts of the world, it is far from normal and many countries are still suffering from an inability to compete on the pitch. At this juncture, Group L'Equipe, who organised the awards, have decided to cancel this top prize for individual honours.

Rivaldo expects this Manchester City star to win Ballon d'Or

Former Barcelona and Brazil great Rivaldo has claimed that Manchester City midfielderKevin De Bruyne has the potential to compete for the next Ballon d'Or awards. The Belgian midfielder has been a standout player for Manchester City this season, as he has contributed 22 assists and 13 goals in just 45 games. The comments from Rivaldo come at a time when the Ballon d'Or award has been cancelled for the 2020 campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic.

De Bruyne has made a major impact since joining Manchester City in a £54 million deal back in 2015. His statistics for City have been impressive throughout his time. In his first season with the club, he managed to get 16 goals in just 41 games. His next best campaign was in 2017-18 when he came up with two goals in 52 games. However, he has had an all-round impact this season by scoring and assisting goals.

Kaka explains how Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or

Brazilian legend Kaka believes Neymar will need to guide Paris Saint-Germain to Champions League success in order to put himself in the reckoning for the Ballon d’Or. The Brazil international is regarded as one of the best players in the world and he had made the switch to Les Parisiens three years ago with the view to winning the prestigious accolade.

That has not been the case over the past couple of seasons where he has spent an extended period of time on the sidelines through injury and during that period, Kylian Mbappe has evolved into the main man for the French champions. Still, Kaka believes his compatriot has a chance of winning the Ballon d’Or, should he contribute substantially en route to the club winning their maiden Champions League crown.

Robert Lewandowski not concerned about the Ballon d’Or

Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski has said that he is not concerned about the Ballon d’Or. The Poland international has been in superb form for the Bavarian giants in all competitions this term and he recently netted his 44th and 45th goals of the season against Eintracht Frankfurt as the club reached the final of the DFB Pokal Cup.

Mourinho questions Wesley Sneijder’s Ballon d’Or snub in 2010

Jose Mourinho said that it is baffling that Wesley Sneijder has not been able to pick up a Ballon d’Or award despite his impeccable performances during the 2009-10 campaign with Inter Milan. The amazing performances of the Dutchman helped Inter pick up a remarkable treble of the Italian Serie A, Champions League, and Coppa Italia.

FIFA CANCELS THE BEST AWARDS 2020

FIFA has scrapped The Best awards for the year 2020 in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The awards ceremony was slated for September in Milan, but in light of the situation, FIFA feels holding such a celebratory event would be unacceptable.

Kevin de Bruyne feels he is pretty close to Ballon d’Or award

Belgium international Kevin de Bruyne believes he is pretty close to winning the Ballon d’Or, given he is entering the prime of his professional career. The 28-year-old has been a superb servant for Manchester City over the past five years and during this period, he has contributed 50 goals and 86 assists from 206 appearances.

AUSTRALIA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER POSTPONED

Australia will not proceed with the World Cup qualifiers during the international free windows in March and later in June. This is as a result of the global pandemic breakout. Fifa has announced the postponement of all international matches in order to manage the spread of the virus among players and fans.

According to Australian FA, exhibition matches will be organized to keep the team in shape during the absence of competitive matches.

KANE WANTS TO JOIN ELITE

According to an inside source at Tottenham Hotspur, captain Harry Kane is working on a summer exit, with the England international keen to move on to a top-level club to match his ambition to win the Champion's League and the Ballon D'Or.

Spurs have been very poor this year. They were knocked out of the champions league by RB Leipzig. The German were superior to Jose Mourinho 's side, as they won 4-0 over two legs. Tottenham are 8th in the league, seven points behind Chelsea in fourth place and qualification to next season's Champions League is looking unlikely.

Sarri insists Juventus are on target to achieve season objectives

Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has said that the club are on target to achieve their objectives for the campaign despite the recent setback in the league. The Bianconeri have suffered defeats in two of the previous three games in the Serie A and that has recently seen Inter Milan leapfrog them to the top of the standings on goal difference.

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