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Depardieu arrives at Ballon d'Or gala with Blatter

Gerard Depardieu has arrived at the Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich with Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

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Gerard Depardieu arrives with Sepp Blatter at the Ballon d'Or gala. Credit: RTV

The actor recently caused controversy after he decided to leave France for tax reasons and was presented with a Russian passport on Sunday. He later met Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

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The actor recently collected a Russian passport. Credit: RTV

Read: Gerard Depardieu under fire for fleeing French tax rate.

Read: Who is in contention for the Ballon d'Or?

Picture: Gerard Depardieu meets Vladimir Putin in Sochi.

Ballon d'Or: Messi, Ronaldo and Iniesta up for major award

The Ballon d'Or, football's most prestigious individual award, will be given to one of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta or Cristiano Ronaldo at a gala ceremony tonight.

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Lionel Messi is the bookies favourite to win the Ballon d'Or. Credit: REUTERS/Felix Ordonez

Messi, who is the bookies favourite, could become the most decorated player in history if he wins an unprecedented fourth Ballon d'Or.

Although Messi's Barcelona only won the Copa del Rey in 2012, it was an impressive year for the Argentinian, who broke Gerd Muller's long-held record of the most goals in a calendar year.

Iniesta helped Spain win the European Championships, while Ronaldo was pivotal in Real Madrid's La Liga win.

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