Leaked Ballon d’Or Results Published Online Reveals Karim Benzema As Winner as 4 Madrid Players Make Top 10

Leaked Ballon d’Or Results Published Online Reveals Karim Benzema As Winner as 4 Madrid Players Make Top 10

  • Real Madrid's Karim Benzema is the clear frontrunner to win the 2022 Ballon d'Or prize following his stunning performance in the 2021-22 season
  • The Frenchman racked up an impressive 44 goals in 46 to help Madrid win a record-extending La Liga and Champions League crowns
  • He has already annexed the Pichici award in conjunction with the Alfredo Di Stéfano Trophy for the best player in LaLiga 2021-22, plus the MVP Trophy as the fans' favourite player

A leaked image displaying the 2022 Ballon d'Or results has surfaced on social media.

The viral screenshot declares Real Madrid captain Karim Benzema as this year's winner of football's most coveted individual diadem.

Benzema, who has been tipped to win the 2022 Ballon d'Or by seven-time winner Lionel Messi, is deemed as the firm candidate to annex the prize.

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Ballon d'Or, Karim Benzema
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema is the clear front runner for the 2022 Ballon d'Or prize. Photo credit: @francefootball @realmadriden
Source: Twitter

The Frenchman had a hugely successful campaign in the year under review where he notched an eyewatering 44 goals in 46 games interlaced with the Champions League and the La Liga titles.

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According to the photo making rounds on micro-blogging App, Twitter via Tribuna, Benzema finished in the first position while Bayern Munich star Sadio Mane and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah were ranked in second and third positions respectively.

Benzema is not the Madrid player who made it to the top 10 rankings as teammates, Vinicius Junior (fourth), Luka Modric (eighth) and Thibaut Courtois (10th) completed the list, according to the leaked photo.

This year's Ballon d'Or ceremony will take place at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris on Monday, October 17, according to GOAL.

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Ex-Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi backs Karim Benzema to win 2022 Ballon d'Or award

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi has said that Karim Benzema deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this year.

Benzema scored a total of 44 goals for Real Madrid, emerging as the top scorer for Los Blancos in both the UEFA Champions League and the Spanish La Liga.

His most memorable performances came in the Champions League when he scored back-to-back hat tricks against Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals and round of 16, respectively.

Source: Sports Brief News