At last year’s Ballon d’Or edition, Benzema finished fourth. So far, it was his only place in the top five in the poll. This year, the 35-year-old won the most expensive individual award in football. We would like to remind you that a few months ago, the French actor was awarded the FIFA Player of the Year award for the 2021/2022 season.
Thus, the Real Madrid striker became the fifth Frenchman to receive this honor. In the past, the Ballon d’Or has been won by Raymond Kopa, Michel Platini, Jean-Pierre Papin and Zinedine Zidane. In addition, for the 12th time in history, a player from Real Madrid won this award.
Benzema is a native of Olympique Lyonnais. In 2009, he moved to the “Królewski” team, and since then represents the colors of the team from the Spanish capital. Last season was particularly successful for the French, crowning the Spanish championship and winning the Champions League. Benzema was a prominent figure in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad. For the first time in his career, he won the title of top scorer in the Spanish League and the Champions League.
In the struggle for the Ballon d’Or, Benzema was ahead of Mane (Liverpool / Bayern Munich) and De Bruyne (Manchester City).
The top ten in the “Golden Ball” poll for “France Football” magazine in the 2021/22 season:
1. Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid)
2 – Sadio Mane (Senegal, Liverpool / Bayern Munich)
3 – Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City)
4. Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich / Barcelona)
5. Mohamed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool)
6 – Kylian Mbappe (France, Paris Saint-Germain)
7 – Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, Real Madrid)
8- Vinicius Junior (Brazil, Real Madrid)
9 – Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid)
10 – Erling Haaland (Norway, Borussia Dortmund / Manchester City).
Barcelona midfielder Jaffe was chosen as the best young player under the age of 21. The 18-year-old became a key player in the Catalan Duma last season and made his debut with the Spanish national team.
The Socrates Prize was awarded to a footballer involved in the social life of Sadio Mane, who contributed to his charitable work in Senegal.
Alexia Putillas of Barcelona has been announced as the best footballer. The Spaniard is the first player to win the Ballon d’Or for two consecutive years. A midfielder with 11 goals, she became the queen of scorers in the Champions League.
The award was presented to her by the former Ukrainian football player – Andrei Shevchenko, who won the Golden Ball in 2004. During the celebration, Shevchenko referred to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
“I am very proud of the way my country is defending itself and fighting for freedom,” Shevchenko stressed.
Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois was chosen as the best goalkeeper. The Belgian won the Champions League and the Spanish League and won the European Cup. The statuette was presented to him by Sebastian Haller, who suffers from cancer – the striker of Borussia Dortmund.
Luis Figo announced that the best club of the 2021/22 season is the champions of England – Manchester City. Liverpool FC – the second club in the Premier League and Real Madrid – champions of Spain and winner of the Champions League, were also nominated.
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