As of next year, France soccer will once more have sole management of the annual Ballon d’Or prize after their agreement with world soccer brass FIFA wasn’t extended.
The FIFA Ballon d’Or was created in 2010 as FIFA unified their yearly World Player of the Year award with France Football’s annual Ballon d’Or prize, however this may not be the case as relations between the 2 organisations hit turbulence following Gianni Infantino’s election as FIFA president.
FIFA has currently cut ties with the French publication, who will have sole possession and management of the distinguished prize.
“The written agreement agreement between FIFA and France soccer expired in Jan. we tend to told France soccer in early August that the contract wouldn’t be revived,” the game’s brass declared.
The Ballon d’Or – reserved at first for European players – was based in 1956 and first won by Blackpool’s Stanley Matthews, with Liberian star george Weah the primary non-European to win it in 1995.
In 2010, expelled former FIFA president Joseph Blatter paid fifteen million euros to Éditions Philippe Amaury for the rights to the trophy, which then became called the FIFA Ballon d’Or, and has been shared alone by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo ever since.
It remains to be seen whether or not the defunct FIFA World Player of the Year are going to be revived aboard the Ballon d’Or in future.