In the past few hours, a leaked image has surfaced listing the nominees for the 2022 Ballon d’Or, which France Football awards annually to the world’s best footballer.
Frenchman Karim Benzema topped the list of candidates for the 2022 Ballon d’Or based on what he did with Real Madrid last season, where he played 46 games in various competitions, scoring 44 goals and scoring 15 goals.
Benzema topped the list of candidates, which included 30 players, and was announced on 12 August, knowing that the winner would be announced on 17 October.
And the website of the American magazine Sports Illustrated published a leaked image of the ranking of the players nominated for the 2022 Ballon d’Or after voting concluded, with Karim Benzema in the lead with 27 points.
Senegalese striker Sadio Mane, former English star of Liverpool and Bayern Munich, finished second with 16 points, followed by Egyptian star Mohamed Salah, his former Reds teammate, in third with 14 points.
Brazilian Vinicius Junior, striker of Real Madrid, finished fourth with 10 points, then Polish star Robert Lewandowski, former striker of Bayern Munich and Barcelona, finished fifth with 9 points, and Frenchman Kylian Mbappe, French striker of Pari Saint.” -Germain, sixth with 6 points.
Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne finished seventh with 3 points, followed by Real Madrid star Croatian Luka Modric with two points, tied with Manchester City striker Erling Halland, Norway.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibault Courtois finished tenth with one point, while Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time winner of the award, exited the top 10 in 11th place.
In past years, the selection of the Ballon d’Or winner was based on the levels presented by the players during the calendar year.
But France Football has made a few changes to the next Ballon d’Or as the score will be based on player performance in the football season (2021-2022) between August 2021 and May 2022 rather than the Gregorian year , as it was done before.
The number of journalists voting from representatives of 170 countries has been reduced to open up a voting system for representatives of the top 100 countries in the FIFA Men’s Rankings and the top 50 countries in the FIFA Women’s Rankings for the Best Player award.
The awards presented by France Football magazine include 4 categories, including the Ballon d’Or award for the best player in the world.
There is also the Cuba award for the best young player in the world and the Liv Yashin award for the best goalkeeper in the world.
It is noteworthy that the 2022 Ballon d’Or ceremony will take place on Monday, October 17, at the famous Théâtre du Châtelet in the French capital Paris, according to France Football magazine, which previously awarded the award.