After weeks of speculation, predictions and endless debates, we finally have the final top 30 list for the 2022 Ballon d’Or rankings.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema has won the 2022 Ballon d’Or award.
For many football fans and players alike, this is no surprise. Benzema had a stunning campaign in 2021/22. The attacker banged in 44 goals and 15 assists in 46 appearances during Real Madrid’s run to European and domestic glory. He added another six goals for France on the international scene.
So at the ripe old age of 34, Benzema has won the Ballon d’Or for the first time in his career after 11 nominations. He is the first Frenchman to claim the prize since Zinedine Zidane in 1998 and only the fifth player in the European nation’s history.
So who made the top 30? Keep reading below to find out!
Ballon d’Or Rankings: Final Results (Men’s edition)
Ronaldo finished in 20th place after winning an 18th consecutive Ballon d’Or nomination in August. It’s the five-time winner’s lowest finish in the award in 17 years. Below are the full rankings.
|1.||Karim Benzema||Real Madrid|
|2.||Sadio Mane||Bayern Munich|
|3.||Kevin De Bruyne||Man City|
|7.||Thibaut Courtois||Real Madrid|
|8.||Vinicius Junior||Real Madrid|
|9.||Luka Modric||Real Madrid|
|10.||Erling Haaland||Man City|
|12.||Riyad Mahrez||Man City|
|13.||Sebastien Haller||Borussia Dortmund|
|=14.||Rafael Leao||AC Milan|
|16.||Virgil van Dijk||Liverpool|
|20.||Cristiano Ronaldo||Man Utd|
|=22.||Phil Foden||Man City|
|=22.||Bernardo Silva||Man City|
|=25.||Joao Cancelo||Man City|
|=25.||Joshua Kimmich||Bayern Munich|
|=25.||Mike Maignan||AC Milan|
|=25.||Antonio Rudiger||Real Madrid|
Who were the other winners in the Ballon d’Or ceremony?
In total, France Football handed out SEVEN individual awards at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Monday.
- Men’s Ballon d’Or (Male Player of the Year) – Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
- Women’s Ballon d’Or (Female Player of the Year) – Alexia Putellas (Barcelona)
- Kopa Trophy (Best U-21 men’s player) – Gavi (Barcelona)
- Yashin Trophy (Best men’s goalkeeper) – Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
- Gerd Muller Trophy (The top goalscorer for club and country combined) – Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)
- Socrates Award (New award – Recognizes player solidarity acts) – Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich)
- Club of the Year (The best club of the past year) – Manchester City