And, in the 42 games he has played for FC Barcelona this season, Lionel Messi remained Lionel Messi.There are a number of outstanding candidates for the (formerly) prestigious Ballon d’Or trophy presented by France Football magazine since 1956. With the decision announced Monday to cancel the award for 2020, however, all they’re left with is a cool name.“We did not want to put an indelible asterisk on the prize list like ‘trophy won in exceptional circumstances due to the COVID-19 health crisis,’” France Football said in their statement. “Protecting the credibility and legitimacy of such an award also means ensuring its flawlessness over time.”MORE: How the coronavirus pandemic might change usIn fact, France Football’s action here will have the opposite impact from its intent. Choosing to ignore the accomplishments of so many great players through such a challenging circumstance diminishes the reputation of the awards.It is not the only trophy presented for the top players in world soccer. The FIFA Best Player award was first presented in 2016, after a six-year merger between the FIFA World Player of the Year award and the Ballon d’Or ended. So the Best Player honor does not have the same history, but there’s been no indication from FIFA that it will cancel its awards for 2020.Other sports have seen fit still to present the individual awards players earned. The National Hockey League will present its prestigious awards for performances encompassing its truncated regular season: the Hart Trophy for MVP, the Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year, the Vezina Trophy for most outstanding goalie. The NHL has been unveiling the finalists for its major awards during the past week.The National Basketball Association recently announced its awards period will cover from the start of the 2019-20 season until it was suspended March 11, though it will have contending teams finish a regular season and then commence the 2020 playoffs.It might have been a greater challenge for France Football in selecting the top women’s player because the sample sizes generally were smaller, but there were international competitions such as the She Believes Cup and Olympic qualifiers played in 2020, and NWSL is in the final week of its Challenge Cup. Forward Christen Press dominated in the first three months of year with the U.S. Women’s National Team, and Lynn Williams of the North Carolina Courage had a breakout year with her club and the USWNT.France’s Ligue 1 Feminine contested a 16-game season that ended with Lyon as champion. France’s Marie-Antoine Katoto scored 16 goals for Paris Saint-Germain, edging 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hederberg of Lyon for the goal-scoring title. Lyon’s sublime Dzsenifer Marozsan produced 13 assists. Bethany England scored 14 goals in 16 games as Chelsea won the championship of the FA Women’s Super League. Robert Lewandowski played 43 games for Bayern Munich during the 2019-20 season, including six in the UEFA Champions League, and scored 51 goals in all competitions. His production led Bayern to an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title and has them in position to finish the year with three major trophies.Cristiano Ronaldo has 32 goals in 41 games for Juventus, closing in on a Serie A title in Italy and still competing in Champions League. Kylian Mbappe scored 30 goals in 33 games for Paris Saint-German, champions of France’s Ligue 1 and quarterfinalists in the Champions League, which will be completed next month. There were players out there who played great soccer in the time they were allotted. And, in the case of those in the top European men’s leagues and the NWSL, they continued on to play through some of the most trying circumstances of our lifetimes.To suggest the efforts of all these players would “not be worthy” of the Ballon d’Or — that’s how France Football put it — demeans all those who competed before and after the pandemic impacted the sport. And it’s insulting to the intelligence of those who follow the game. The Ballon d’Or no longer is worthy of our attention.It would be fair to say France Football’s condescension has turned the award into the Ballon de Farce.
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A football fan in China has died of a stroke that doctors believe was brought on by him staying awake for three successive nights to watch the World Cup.Zhou Meng, a 39-year-old from Shanghai, collapsed on his sofa after suffering a stroke while watching the Saturday night match between Uruguay and Costa Rica.He had previously stayed up for the whole of Thursday and Friday night to watch live coverage of the tournament – which is being held in Brazil – while working during the daytime.Mr Zhou collapsed on the sofa in his living room while watching the match on Saturday.He was rushed to the Shanghai No. 10 People’s Hospital after suffering a stroke and was pronounced dead several hours later.According to Gao Liang, director of the hospital’s neurosurgery department, the patient had a history of high blood pressure. Mr Gao said people with high blood pressure and heart conditions are more vulnerable to brain haemorrhages when events make them excited or emotional. Unfortunately Mr Zhou wasn’t the only person to suffer serious health complaints after watching coverage of the World Cup.Shanghai’s hospitals reported an larger number of emergency cases than usual last weekend – the first weekend of the World Cup.These included football fans feeling the effects of staying up late and sacrificing sleep to watch the tournament.According to an accident and emergency doctor at the Huashan Hospital, they saw the number of patients increase by 50 percent over the weekend.Some 40 per cent had respiratory or stomach problems, often caused by irregular eating and sleeping patterns. The 11-hour time difference between China and Brazil means 2014 FIFA World Cup matches are kicking off at unsociable hours for China’s football fans.Most group games start at midnight, 3am, 4am and 6am, leaving Chinese fans struggling to balance their football fix with their daily routine.’I’ve been watching games every day for the past three days, mostly the 3am and 6am games,’ said Liu Yitao, a 29-year-old officer worker.Liu admitted that by yesterday he was feeling tired at work and now plans only to watch live coverage of group stage matches at weekends.On Saturday a 50-year-old man – who is said to have stayed up all night watching football – and four passengers in his vehicle died after colliding with a bus in a tunnel in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province. And the cities Suzhou and Dalian have both also reported different cases of football fans dying while watching World Cup matches.