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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema wins men’s Ballon d’Or 2022 for first time

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Benzema scored 44 goals in 46 matches last season for Real Madrid, who won LaLiga and the Champions League; Barcelona midfielder Gavi was given the Kopa Trophy as the best young player of the year

Real Madrid and France’s Karim Benzema has won the 2022 Ballon d’Or title on the men’s side after topping the 2021-22 season voting. The 34-year-old had been the strong favorite heading into the Theatre du Chatelet and has now been named the first French winner since Zinedine Zidane back in 1998 with Juventus. Barcelona and Spain’s Alexia Putellas took the women’s crown for the second consecutive year to become the first female player to win the top prize twice and back-to-back.

Here are the winners:

Men’s Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid and France’s Karim Benzema

It was always going to take something special to follow in the footsteps of Lionel Messi’s incredible seventh Ballon d’Or title but that is what Benzema produced in the 2021-22 season with Real. With 15 Champions League goals and two assists from 12 outings, including an astonishing haul of 10 knockout phase goals en route to the title, it was always going to be a strong case for the Frenchman. However, 27 goals and 12 assists from 31 La Liga appearances as Real finished top plus Les Bleus’ UEFA Nations League triumph meant that nobody could truly compete individually or collectively. Benzema succeeds Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina’s Messi as titleholder with a tally of 47 competitive goals and 16 assists across competitions.

 

Women’s Ballon d’Or: Barcelona and Spain’s Alexia Putellas

For the second straight year, the 28-year-old wins the top women’s prize despite missing this summer’s Euros with an ACL injury. The defending champion remained dominant with the Catalan giants with 18 goals and 15 assists to help secure a third consecutive Primera Division crown as part of a domestic treble which Putellas chipped in 34 goals towards. Barca lost out to Olympique Lyonnais in the women’s Champions League, but the Spaniard was still voted the best player and top scored with 11 goals. Internationally, she also made her 100th appearance with four goals from seven outings just this year.

Gerd Muller Trophy: Barcelona and Poland’s Robert Lewandowski

Two years into this award and the 34-year-old has established a 100 percent win rate by taking the two maiden titles. Lewandowski tallied 59 competitive goals and 10 assists in his final season with Bayern and 13 of those came in the Champions League while 35 were scored in the German Bundesliga. Add in one of two goals to qualify Poland for this winter’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar ahead of Sweden and it has been another strong year for the now Barca man.

 

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