The Ballon d'Or is being reclaimed by L'Equipe, it has been announced.
The FIFA Ballon d'Or, created in 2010 with the fusion of France Football's Ballon d'Or award and the FIFA World Player award to become one sole prize, will return to be controlled by the French publication after the contract signed between both organizations expired with no agreement in place for an extension, reports AS.
It means that the accolade will return to it's initial format, and voting will be reserved exclusively for journalists in Europe.
Groupe Amaury announced the news through their audiovisual arm on Thursday night with the slogan: "The Ballon d'Or is coming home".
Now FIFA must decide whether they will revive the defunct FIFA World Player award, which was awarded between 1991 and 2009 through votes from national team coaches and captains from all of the association members with the annual gala usually held in early December rather than January, in Zurich.