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The Ballon d'Or will return to its original format

AFP
Published Sep 16, 2016, 4:33 pm IST
Updated Sep 16, 2016, 4:46 pm IST
Ballon d'Or deal between France Football Federation and FIFA has ended.
Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or for a fifth time in 2015. (Photo: AFP)
 Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or for a fifth time in 2015. (Photo: AFP)

Paris: The Ballon d'Or deal between France football and FIFA has ended, the French publication and world football's governing body announced on Friday.

The coveted world player of the year award will from now on return to its original home after France Football's agreement with FIFA finished.

 

The next recipient will be determined by a vote of journalists - players and managers will no longer have a say.

Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi won the award for a record fifth time in 2015.

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