FIFA The Best awards for 2020 reportedly canceled due to COVID-19 crisis

FIFA The Best awards for 2020 reportedly canceled due to COVID-19 crisis

- FIFA The Best awards ceremony for 2020 has been canceled by the world football governing body

- The awards was slated for Milan, Italy, in September but due to health concerns, FIFA have made a decision not to stage the ceremony

- Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe won the men and women's best in 2019, will remain defending champions

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.

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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.

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Meanwhile. had earlier reported that Premier League's relegation-threatened sides clubs may be forced to back Project Restart after the English FA stepped in to demand the season is decided by 'sporting merit'.

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Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City occupy the 18th, 19th, and 20th position respectively were ready to stand against plans for their remaining matches to be played at neutral venues.

The clubs claim they would lose their home support in their quest to survive the top with nine matches left to finish the 2019-20 campaign. also reported that Jordan Henderson without a shadow of a doubt has been named BBC's best player in the Premier League for the 2019-20 season.

The British news media outlet asked fans to vote who their standout player is for the current season and the Liverpool captain won with 23 per cent of the votes.

Sadio Mane came second with 17% while Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne had to settle for third place 14% of votes.

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