The Ballon d’Or 2022 award goes to Karim Benzema. Real Madrid’s 34-year-old French striker took home the award for the first time, thanks to his accomplishments in the 2021–2022 campaign.
Benzema was the clear favourite going into the Paris gala, and he did not disappoint. In May of this year, against Liverpool, Benzema and his team won the Champions League final. He finished the competition as the tournament’s leading scorer with 15 goals.
With 27 goals, Benzema led La Liga in scoring and significantly contributed to Real Madrid winning the league. The Belgian and Senegalese finished second and third, respectively, with the Frenchman finishing slightly ahead of Sadio Mané and Kevin De Bruyne.
The Ballon d’Or 2022 award: Top 10
Thus, Benzema, Mané, and De Bruyne make up the stage. Robert Lewandowski, Mohamed Salah, Kylian Mbappé, Thibaut Courtois, Vincius Junior, Luka Modric. And Erling Haaland rounded out the top 10 in that order.
In the Golden Ball voting for France Football, Cristiano Ronaldo came in 20th place. The five-time champion’s ranking is at its lowest point in history.
In 2005, the 37-year-old Ronaldo already came in twentieth. In 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017 he took home the honour.
With 17 goals in the Premier League last year, Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed Wayne Rooney as the club’s leading scorer. In each of his 36 games for the club in official capacity, Ronaldo has netted 23 goals. Under Erik ten Hag, he is not guaranteed a starting spot this season.
The French striker of Real Madrid received congratulations from his (ex) employers, colleagues, and other notable figures from the football world as soon as the prize was revealed.
Marco Asensio, a player for Real Madrid, congratulates his teammate on their accomplishment and says it was “an honour” to play with him. “This is one of the few times I agree with France Football: Karim had to win!” exclaimed Iker Casillas. Additionally expressing their congratulations were former teammate Ruud van Nistelrooij, ex-Real Madrid player Michael Owen, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Olympique Lyonnais president Jean Michel Aulas.