the Magazine explained this decision by the exceptional circumstances of the pandemic coronavirus, for which no fair conditions for the awarding of the prize.
– We don’t want in the description of this award was an asterisk with a footnote “a prize won in the exceptional circumstances of the pandemic”. Justice, so important to receive the honorary award, could not be achieved, particularly in terms of statistics of players. It is impossible to evaluate players the same way, given that the season for some of them came to an abrupt end, the statement says France Football.
Thus, for the first time since the founding of the award in 1956, the prize will not be awarded. From 2010 to 2015 the award was given under the auspices of the International football Federation (FIFA). The last holder is currently the leader of “Barcelona” and the Argentina national team Lionel Messi.
the Decision to abandon the “Golden ball” this year has been controversial. For the most part negative. This year the competition for the prize was fierce: according to the tradition, the candidates were Cristiano Ronaldo with Messi, but the main favorite was considered the scorer of the national team of Poland and Bayern Munich Robert Lewandowski.
Supporters have launched a social media hashtag #JusticeForLewandowski (justice for Lewandowski). Obviously, Robert really deserved the awards: in the 43 meetings in the season he scored 51 goals, won the League and German Cup, became the top scorer in both tournaments and continues to fight for the Champions League. By the way, the poles have a great chance to win the race snipers in the main European competition. In the asset Lewandowski 11 goals. His nearest competitor, Erling Holland – 10 goals. While Borussia Dortmund are already out of the Champions League.
Meanwhile, it became known finalists of the FA Cup. In the final match at Wembley on August 1 will meet Chelsea and Arsenal. In the semi-finals the gunners surprisingly defeated Manchester city (2:0) thanks to the double Pierre-Emerick of Forward, and “Chelsea” was stronger than “Manchester United” (3:1). The “blue” distinguished Olivier Giroud, Mason mount and Antonio rüdiger, red devils have a penalty scored by Bruno Fernandes.
Manchester United lost for the first time since January, ending a 19-match series unbeaten. At the same time, the London team defeated “Manchester United” for the first time in may 2018.
– I could not ask for more from guys. Attitude and level of performances was high. When Manchester United changed the scheme, we were even better. Proud of our performance, – said the head coach of “Chelsea” Frank Lampard, who as a player won four times the FA Cup. Players need to gain confidence after games like today’s. We’ve got three finals – two games in the Premier League and in the Cup against Arsenal. We ��otim to win. These three games will be crucial from the point of view of the progress we have achieved, but Chelsea went to the heart of the matter.