Beth Mead, runner-up, as Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas wins the Women’s Ballon d’Or

England striker Beth Mead finished second, while Barcelona and Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas won the women’s Ballon d’Or for the second straight year.

Putellas suffered a knee injury before the start of Euro 2022, with Arsenal striker Mead finishing top scorer and being named player of the tournament as the Lionesses rose to victory on home soil when they beat Germany in the final at Wembley.

“I’m very happy to be back here and I’m happy because I was able to win this award a year ago and it drove me to want to do even better,” said Putellas when the trophy was presented at a gala in Paris.

“When I injured my knee in July, I didn’t think it was possible (to win this award).”

England’s Euro 2022 winners Lucy Bronze and Millie Bright were also nominated for the women’s award, finishing 10th and 15th respectively in France Football’s poll.

Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema won the men’s award.

The 34-year-old claimed the top prize for the first time, finishing ahead of Bayern Munich’s Sadio Mane while Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne finished third.

Benzema helped Los Blancos win the Champions League, beating Liverpool in the final.

The Kopa Trophy for best-performing player under 21 went to FC Barcelona’s Gavi, with England and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham also shortlisted.

The Socrates Prize, named after Brazil’s 1982 World Cup captain, for the best in-game social initiative went to Mane, who has helped build hospitals and schools in his native Senegal.

The Gerd Müller Cup for the best striker went to Lewandowski again.

Manchester City was voted Club of the Year.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/alexia-putellas-lionesses-barcelona-beth-mead-arsenal-b2204699.html Beth Mead, runner-up, as Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas wins the Women’s Ballon d’Or

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