Ballon d’Or 2022 LIVE results: Benzema, Haaland and Salah are awarded

“Benzema’s Ballon d’Or would be a bit ours too” – Ancelotti after defeating Barca

Karim Benzema is the hot favorite to win the men’s 2022 Ballon d’Or on Monday night in Paris, with last year’s winner Lionel Messi not among the nominees. The French forward had a fine weekend inspiring Los Blancos to defeat Barcelona in El Clasico and is the leading contender for the men’s prize having also guided Real Madrid to their 14th Champions League title last season would have.

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski was controversially snubbed last year despite a historic year with Bayern Munich that forced a change in the rules. France Football confirmed that player performances would be taken into account for the season rather than the calendar year, while media voters would be limited to the top 100 countries in the men’s Fifa rankings and the top 50 nations in the women’s rankings.

In addition to the men’s prize, there will be a women’s prize where Barcelona star Alexia Putellas will defend her title. Also presented are the Kopa Trophy, an award for the best player under 21, and the Yashin Trophy for the best men’s goalkeeper. Follow all the live updates, reactions and analysis of the most prestigious individual award in European football:


Ballon d’Or: Christopher Nkunku (=25.)

Nkunku, also a first-time Ballon d’Or nominee, was named Bundesliga Player of the Season after an impressive season for RB Leipzig in which he scored 20 goals and provided 13 assists from attacking midfield. It came as he earned his first cap for France and a big money transfer is set to follow in the years to come.

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Ballon d’Or: Darwin Nunez (=25.)

Darwin Nunez enjoyed a breakthrough in the 2021/22 season, scoring 26 goals in 28 games for Benfica in the Primeira Liga and adding six goals in the Champions League. The Uruguay forward became one of the most sought-after forwards in Europe, earning an £85million move to Liverpool at the end of the season as well as a first Ballon d’Or nomination.

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Ballon d’Or: Ranking revealed

The Ballon d’Or ranking is about to be released, starting with SIX players tied equally for 25th place.


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Alexia Putellas, winner of last year’s Ballon d’Or Feminin, has arrived in Paris alongside her new Barcelona teammate and former winner Lucy Bronze. Barcelona were beaten by Lyon in last season’s Champions League final and the French side have won the nominees for Barcelona’s four.


Ballon d’Or: Who is nominated for the Yashin Trophy?

Ten players are nominated for the Best Goalkeeper Award:

  • Alison (Liverpool)
  • Yassine Bounou (Seville)
  • Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
  • Ederson (Manchester City)
  • Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Mike Maignan (Milan)
  • Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
  • Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
  • Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
  • Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Ballon d’Or: Who is nominated for the Kopa Trophy?

Ten players were nominated for Best Player Under 21:

  • Karim Adeyemi (Red Bull Salzburg)
  • Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Eduardo Camavinga (Renaiss, Real Madrid)
  • Gavi (Barcelona)
  • Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax)
  • Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig)
  • Nuno Mendes (Sporting CP, Paris Saint Germain)
  • Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
  • Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
  • Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)

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Liverpool and Manchester City met Anfield yesterday in a ill-tempered duel, but together last season’s title rivals make up 12 of the 30 players shortlisted for the men’s award.


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The unveiling of the Ballon d’Or rankings is scheduled to begin any moment before tonight’s 7:30pm ceremony, where the top three for the men’s and women’s awards will be announced.


Ballon d’Or: Stars on their way to Paris

Real Madrid stars Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois, who are expected to win the Ballon d’Or and Yashin Trophy respectively tonight, are on their way to Paris. Meanwhile, Arsenal are sending London stars Bukayo Saka, Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead on the same plane.


Ballon d’Or: Who is nominated for the women’s award?

  • Selma Bacha (Lyon)
  • Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona)
  • Millie Bright (Chelsea)
  • Lucy Bronze (Manchester City)
  • Kadidiatou Diani (Paris Saint Germain)
  • Christiane Endler (Lyon)
  • Ada Hegerberg (Lyon)
  • Sam Kerr (Chelsea)
  • Marie Antoinette Katoto (Paris Saint Germain)
  • Catarina Macario (Lyon)
  • Beth MeadArsenal
  • Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal)
  • Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride, San Diego Wave)
  • Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg)
  • Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona)
  • Alexandra Popp (Wolfsburg)
  • Alexia Putellas (Barcelona)
  • Wendie Renard (Lyon)
  • Trinity Rodman (Washington Ghost)
  • Fridolina Rolfo (Barcelona) Ballon d’Or 2022 LIVE results: Benzema, Haaland and Salah are awarded

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