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FIFA and France Football combine player awards

07-06-2010 15:52 BJT

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Take two yearly awards to discover the best player on the planet. not any more according to Fifa after France Football's Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award were merged. FIFA's president Joseph Blatter justified the decision could hardly contain his excitement.

Joseph Blatter said, " It's football who wins because, starting January of the next year, we will have only one great trophy for the best footballer in the world. It will be the Golden Ball. Le Ballon D'Or. My friends, there will be a Golden Ball for the best footballer in the world."

FIFA President Sepp Blatter (right) shakes hands with President of the Amaury Group, Marie-Odile Amaury, after the creation of the FIFA Ballon d'Or award during a FIFA and France Football joint press conference on Monday in Sandton, near Johannesburg.(Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images)
FIFA President Sepp Blatter (right) shakes hands with President of the Amaury Group, 
Marie-Odile Amaury, after the creation of the FIFA Ballon d'Or award during a FIFA 
and France Football joint press conference on Monday in Sandton, near Johannesburg.
(Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images)

Best player of year to receive one trophy

The deal was announced by France Football magazine publisher Marie-Odile Amaury and Blatter. The France Football publication was making the annual Ballon d'Or award. Known as the "Golden Ball", the Ballon d'Or was presented to the best player from a European nation playing club football in a European league.

And now the new award will be voted for by the coaches and captains of international teams - as was previously the case for the FIFA Player of the Year. The new Ballon d'or will be presented for the first time in January 2011.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CCTV.com

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