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Cristiano, 'The Best' and Barça's no-show

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Cristiano, Messi, Griezmann. The Best, is the new FIFA award ceremony which harks back to the day of the FIFA World Player award and featured an identical podium to that of the recent Ballon d'Or award. Nothing major has changed with the format which is an alternative to their FIFA World Player prize and is a reaction to the severing of the relationship with French magazine France Football and the celebrated Ballon d'Or prize. The new award is a cast-off of what was the FIFA Balón d'Or award held some weeks after the Ballon d'Or winner was announced via France Football.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid poses with his The Best FIFA Men's Player Award after The Best FIFA Football Awards at TPC Studio on January 9, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA (FIFA via Getty Images)

I'm no great admirer of two prizes and really liked the union and voting formula that united the firepower of the global media corps with FIFA coaches and captains in electing the winners. The award held much credibility and was well supported in the........

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