Ballon d’Or to Karim Benzema for the first time
Karim Benzema, a forward for Real Madrid and France, has won the Ballon d’Or. For the first time, the award is given to the year’s top footballer. In 46 games, Benzema scored 44 goals, helping Real Madrid win the Champions League and La Liga in 2021–22.
The previous 12 winners were Lionel Messi (seven) and Cristiano Ronaldo (five). In addition to that, Sadio Mane of Bayern Munich, finished second ahead of Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City.
Alexia Putellas of Barcelona continued to hold the Women’s Ballon d’Or, which was given to the top female player of 2022. Beth Mead, an Arsenal forward and champion of Euro 2022, came in second. Liverpool lost out on Club of the Year to Premier League champions Manchester City, who had six candidates at the presentation.
The winner of the Ballon d’Or is chosen based on their performance during the 2021–22 season.
Alexia Putellas of Barcelona continued to hold the Women’s Ballon d’Or 2022. Furthermore, Beth Mead, an Arsenal forward and champion of the Euro 2022, came in second. Liverpool lost out on Club of the Year to Premier League champion Manchester City, who had six candidates at the presentation.
Since Zinedine Zidane in 1998, Benzema became the first Frenchman to get the prestigious honour. To award his countryman with the prize, Zidane attended the occasion.
Karim Benzema goal and records
His 44 goals included a hat-trick in 17 minutes in the second half of the Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain. Moreover, another away at Chelsea in the first leg of the quarterfinals. Over the course of two legs of the semi-final against Manchester City, he added three more goals.
Additionally, the 34-year-old, a Real Madrid player is anticipated to play a significant role for France in the World Cup in Qatar. Starting from November 20.
100 journalists from all over the world cast ballots for the Ballon d’Or.
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