FIFA The Best awards for 2020 have been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis as Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe will remain reigning champions in the men and women’s categories.
According to Spanish news media outlet Marca, the world football governing body states made the decision in canceling awards ceremony owing to health concerns.
The event was supposed to hold in September, in Milan, Italy, but health conditions have been considered amid the global pandemic.
Barcelona’s Messi who won the 2019 edition beating Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo.
But Ronaldo still holds the most record for FIFA The Best award wins with two while the other two editions have been won by Luka Modric and Messi.
Rapinoe won the women’s category while Jurgen Klopp and United States handler Jill Ellis scooped the best men and women’s coaches respectively.
It is understood that other football awards including ‘France Football’ and Ballon d’Or as well as the UEFA Champions League group stage ceremonies will still go as planned.