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2022 Ballon d'Or Results

The Ballon d'Or award is an annual football award for the best international player from the previous season. The award is voted by a panel of selected journalists from the top football playing countries.

The Ballon d'Or underwent several big changes for 2022. The most significant change is that the award is now aligned with the regular football season (August to July) compared to previously when it was judged based on the calendar year (January to December). It means a player's entire season will be judged upon, rather than two half-seasons. The voting has changed too. It is now only from representatives of the top-100 ranked countries rather than all countries.

Below are the 30 nominees in the final order after voting. Seven-time winner Lionel Messi was not on the list (for the first time since 2005), though Ronaldo did make the cut (finishing 20th). The ceremony announcing the winners was held on October 17 at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France.

The 2022 winner was favorite Real Madrid's Karim Benzema. He was the clear winner, leading the voting by 356 points ahead of Sadio Mané, the biggest gap between two players since 1998. He became the fifth Frenchman to win the award, and the first since Zinedine Zidane in 1998. Fittingly, it was Zidane who presented him the trophy in Paris.

The Socrates Award, which acknowledges the humanitarian work by a champion footballer, was first presented in 2022.

See the list of all previous Ballon d'Or winners, and the final standings for the women's Ballon d'Or in 2022.

Final order for the men's 2022 Ballon d'Or

Order Player Position Nationality Club Points
1 Karim Benzema FW France Real Madrid 549
2 Sadio Mane FW Senegal Liverpool /
Bayern Munich
3 Kevin De Bruyne MF Belgium Man City 175
4 Robert Lewandowski FW Poland Bayern Munich /
5 Mohamed Salah FW Egypt Liverpool 116
6 Kylian Mbappe FW France PSG 85
7 Thibaut Courtois GK Belgium Real Madrid 82
8 Vinicius Jr. FW Brazil Real Madrid 61
9 Luka Modric MF Croatia Real Madrid 20
10 Erling Haaland FW Norway Man City 18
11 Son Heung-min FW South Korea Tottenham 5
12 Riyad Mahrez FW Algeria Man City 4
13 Sebastien Haller FW Ivory Coast Ajax /
B. Dortmund
=14 Fabinho MF Brazil Liverpool 2
=14 Rafael Leao FW Portugal AC Milan  
16 Virgil van Dijk DF Netherlands Liverpool 1
=17 Casemiro MF Brazil Real Madrid /
Man United
=17 Dusan Vlahovic FW Serbia Fiorentina /
=17 Luis Diaz FW Colombia Porto /
20 Cristiano Ronaldo FW Portugal Man United 0
21 Harry Kane FW England Tottenham 0
=22 Trent Alexander-Arnold DF England Liverpool 0
=22 Phil Foden FW England Man City 0
=22 Bernardo Silva MF Portugal Man City 0
=25 Joshua Kimmich MF Germany Bayern Munich 0
=25 Mike Maignan GK France AC Milan 0
=25 Antonio Rudiger DF Germany Chelsea /
Real Madrid
=25 Joao Cancelo DF Portugal Man City 0
=25 Christopher Nkunku FW France RB Leipzig 0
=25 Darwin Nunez  FW Uruguay Benfica /

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