France Football's prestigious Ballon d'Or award has been combined with the FIFA World Player of the Year to create a new FIFA Ballon d'Or award for football's best player.
The Ballon d'Or and FIFA's World Player of the Year are to be brought together to form one single award, the FIFA Ballon d'Or.
Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win another major honour after being included on the shortlist for the FIFA World Player of the Year award, along with Kaka, Lionel Messi, Fernando Torres and Xavi.
Cristiano Ronaldo, favourite for both the Ballon D'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award, has again insisted he is happy at Manchester United.
Cristiano Ronaldo backed himself to win the 2008 Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards after inspiring Manchester United to the Champions League and Premier League double last season.