The decision has been taken reportedly due to a low turnout by coaches, captains and media voters. Those with voting forms now have until November 29 to submit their top three.
Voters who have already sent their choices in will have the option to reassess their submissions, in a decision that was curiously announced on the night that Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning hat-trick to seal Portugal qualification for the World Cup.
Closest rival Lionel Messi is out injured, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic - another contender - failed to inspire Sweden to a comeback victory that would have seen them head to Brazil.
Who's gonna take it this time, is still Messi, or CR7 ?