Alexia Butillas and Karim Benzema win the 2022 Ballon d’Or | The golden ball

Alexia Putillas and Karim Benzema have been chosen as the winners of the 2022 Ballon d’Or at the annual Football Awards in Paris.

Botelas retains her title as the world’s best player after leading Barcelona to another Spanish title, scoring 18 goals in the process. Barcelona won all 30 of its league matches and also won the Spanish Cup and the Super Cup, but lost the UEFA Women’s Champions League final to Lyon and lost Euros after suffering an injury in the AFC Champions League.

“I am very happy to be back here,” Putillas said. “Last year’s win made me want to be better. Without my teammates, this wouldn’t have been possible. I would like to thank the coaches and coaching staff who helped me improve every day.”

Benzema won the men’s award for the first time after leading Real Madrid With the Spanish title and their 14th European Cup. The 34-year-old scored 27 goals in La Liga and was also the Champions League’s top scorer with 15. Ten of those goals came in the knockout stages, including a hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.

After receiving a warm welcome from the crowd, Benzema said: “This award in front of me makes me really proud. I never gave up, it was my childhood dream. There was a difficult period when I wasn’t in the France team, but I kept working hard. I kept in my head a joy Playing football. I am really proud of my trip here.”

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France)
Sadio Mané (Liverpool/Bayern, Senegal)
3 Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium)
4 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern/Barcelona, Poland)
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt) 
Kylian Mbappé (PSG, France)
Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid, Belgium)
Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid, Brazil)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia)
10 Erling Haaland (Dortmund/Man City, Norway)

11 Son Heung-min (Tottenham, Kor)
12 Riyad Mahrez (Man City, Alg)
13 Sébastien Haller (Ajax/Dortmund, Civ)
14= Fabinho (Liverpool, Bra), Rafael Leão (Milan, Por)
16 Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool, Neth)
17= Casemiro (Real/Man Utd, Bra); Luis Díaz (Porto/Liverpool, Col); Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina/Juventus, Ser)
20 Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd, Por)

21 Harry Kane (Tottenham, Eng)
22= Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool, Eng); Phil Foden (Man City, Eng); Bernardo Silva (Man City, Por)
25= João Cancelo (Man City, Por); Joshua Kimmich (Bayern, Ger); Mike Maignan (Milan, Fr); Darwin Núñez (Benfica/Liverpool, Uru); Christopher Nkunku (Leipzig, Fr); Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea/Real, Ger).


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Men’s Ballon d’Or 2022: The complete list


1 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France)
2 Sadio Mane (Liverpool / Bayern, Senegal)
3 Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium)
4 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern / Barcelona, ​​Poland)
5 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)
6 Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain, France)
7 Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid, Belgium)
8 Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid, Brazil)
9 Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia)
10 Erling Haaland (Dortmund/Man City, Norway)

11 Son Heung Min (Tottenham, Core)
12 Riyad Mahrez (Man City, LG)
13 Sebastian Haller (Ajax/Dortmund, Civic)
14 = Fabinho (Liverpool, Brazil), Rafael Liao (Milan, Bor)
16 Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool, Neith)
17 = Casemiro (Real/Man United, Brazil); Luis Diaz (Porto/Liverpool, Cole); Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina/Juventus, Sir)
20 Cristiano Ronaldo (Man United, Burr)

21 Harry King (Tottenham, ING)
22 = Trent Alexander Arnold (Liverpool, ING); Phil Foden (Man City, m); Bernardo Silva (Man City, Bor)
25 = Joao Cancelo (Man City, Burr); Joshua Kimmish (Bayern, Gere); Mike Minyan (Milan, fr); Darwin Nunez (Benfica/Liverpool, Oro); Christopher Nkunko (Leipzig, fr); Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea/SR, Gear).

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Beth Mead was ranked second in the women’s vote after helping England to glory in Euro 2022. The Arsenal striker scored six goals and added five assists to win the Golden Boot of the tournament and the Best Player award.

Australia and Chelsea striker Sam Kerr came third, ahead of Germany and Wolfsburg midfielder Lina Oberdorf. Potellas’ Spain and Barcelona teammate Aitana Bonmatti completed the top five.

Sadio Mane, who left Liverpool for Bayern Munich this summer, came second in the men’s vote and won the Socrates Award for his charitable work in Senegal. Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne finished third, his highest ranking so far ahead of Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah.

Sadio Mane receives the Socrates Award from the brother of the late Brazilian Ray.
Sadio Mane receives the Socrates Award from the brother of the late Brazilian Ray. Photo: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Lewandowski, who joined Barcelona from Bayern Munich this summer, came fourth in the men’s standings and also won the Gerd Muller Trophy for the best striker in the world. “I would like to thank my teammates from both Bayern and Barcelona, ​​because I know how hard it is to work on scoring goals,” he said.

Salah ranked fifth, while Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe ranked sixth. Thibaut Courtois won the Liv Yashin Cup for the best goalkeeper in the world and finished seventh in the overall standings, with his Real Madrid teammates Vinicius Junior and Luka Modric in eighth and ninth places. Erling Haaland (10th) finished in the top ten for the first time.

1 Alexia Putellas (Barcelona, Spain)
2 Beth Mead (Arsenal, England)
3 Sam Kerr (Chelsea, Australia)
4 Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg, Germany)
5 Aitana Bonmatí (Barcelona, Sp)
6 Alexandra Popp (Wolfsburg, Ger)
7 Ada Hegerberg (Lyon, Norway)
8 Wendie Renard (Lyon, France)
9 Catarina Macario (Lyon, USA)
10 Lucy Bronze (Man City/Barça, Eng)

11 Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal, Netherlands)
12 Christiane Endler (Lyon, Chile)
13 Alex Morgan (Orlando/San Diego, USA)
14 Selma Bacha (Lyon, Fr)
15 Millie Bright (Chelsea, Eng)
16 Marie-Antoinette Katoto (PSG, Fr)
17 Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona, Nga)
18 Trinity Rodman (Washington, USA)
19 Fridolina Rolfö (Barcelona, Sweden)
20 Kadidiatou Diani (PSG, Fr)


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Women’s Ballon d’Or 2022: The complete list


1 Alexia Putillas (Barcelona, ​​Spain)
2 Beth Meade (Arsenal, England)
3 Sam Kerr (Chelsea, Australia)
4 Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg, Germany)
5 Aitana Ponmate (Barcelona, ​​Spain)
6 Alexandra Pope (Wolfsburg, Germany)
7 Ada Hegerberg (Lyon, Norway)
8 Wendy Renard (Lyon, France)
9 Catarina Macario (Lyon, USA)
10 Lucy Bronze (Man City / Barcelona, ​​England)

11 Vivian Midema (Arsenal, Netherlands)
12 Christian Endler (Lyon, Chile)
13 Alex Morgan (Orlando/San Diego, USA)
14 Salma Pasha (Lyon, France)
15th Millie Bright (Chelsea, England)
16 Marie Antoinette Catuto (Paris Saint-Germain, France)
17 Assisat Oshoala (Barcelona, ​​survived)
18 Trinity Rodman (Washington, USA)
19 Fridolina Rulfo (Barcelona, ​​Sweden)
20 Kadidato Diani (Paris Saint-Germain, France)

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Spain and Barcelona midfielder Jaffe won the Copa Cup for the best under-21 player after the success of his teammate Pedri last season. Manchester City was named Team of the Year after Pep Guardiola’s side won their fourth Premier League title in five seasons.

Changes in the format of the awards, organized by France Football magazine, mean that for the first time, performances were judged during the 2021-22 season rather than the calendar year. The men’s jury has also been reduced from 170 to 100, with 50 judges for the women’s award.

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