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In a surprising turn of events, new FIFA President Gianni Infantino has decided to end the governing body’s association with France Football and has brought an end to the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

Infantino’s desire is to revive the FIFA World Player Of The Year award, meaning there will once again be two best player in the world prizes for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to compete over.

The awards merged together in 2009 but Infantino no longer sees the benefit of the association and so has brought it to an end. Before the merger, though, the Ballon d’Or was always seen as the less political award, with the likes of Pavel Nedved and Michael Owen winning rather than the usual suspects from Real Madrid or Barcelona.