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#BallonDor: Karim Benzema Crowned 2022 Ballon D’or Winner

Karim Benzema

Real Madrid Striker, Karim Benzema has been crowned the 2022 Ballon d’Or Winner during Monday night’s ceremony in Paris.

Having been nominated for the award nine times before, Benzema has now been declared the winner this year after enjoying a stellar season leading the line for Real Madrid.

The 34-year-old scored key goals as he helped Real Madrid win both the Spanish league title and the Champions League last season.

Benzema was crowned in a ceremony in Paris ahead of Sadio Mane in second and Kevin de Bruyne in third – with the striker becoming the first French winner of the Ballon D’Or since Zinedine Zidane – who presented him the award – in 1998.

Benzema scored a total 44 goals in 46 appearances during the 2021-2022 season, including finishing with 15 goals in the Champions League — the competition’s top scorer — as well as reestablishing himself in France’s international side.

Benzema who was crowned as the champion having narrowly missed out on a place on the podium in last year’s ceremony, when Messi pipped Robert Lewandowski to the crown with Chelsea midfielder and Italy international Jorginho ranking third.

Benzema was the odds-on favourite thanks to a sensational 21-22 campaign – headlined by a Champions League triumph, with his remarkable performances seeing his side oust Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool on their way to winning the competition.

Also, Barcelona forward Alexia Putellas has claimed the women’s Ballon d’Or once again. The Spanish superstar won the trophy last year and she has successfully defended her crown.

 

However, Benzema’s Real Madrid teammate Thibaut Courtois emerge as the Yashin Trophy Winner, the award which recognises the Best Goalkeeper of last season.

The Kopa trophy – the award for the best young player in world football, named in tribute to French icon Raymond – goes to Barcelona midfielder Gavi, one year after his teammate Pedri scooped the gong.

 

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