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Ballon d’Or live 2022: Winners, rankings, final awards results unveiled in Paris with Benzema as favorite

For months it’s been considered a foregone conclusion that Real Madrid and France forward Karim Benzema will be honored with his first career Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball) as the best player in the world. Benzema was the top scorer in Spain’s La Liga and the UEFA Champions League in the 2021/22 season, as Real Madrid won both competitions.

But last year everyone also felt that Robert Lewandowski had an airtight case for the Ballon d’Or and he controversially finished in second place, behind Lionel Messi for the award.

That led to changes in the award voting process beginning in 2022, and the changes should reduce the possibility of a surprise when a player’s credentials stand out above the rest like Benzema’s do.

A total of 12 of the last 13 winners have been named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo — Croatian midfielder Luka Modric interrupted the hegemony in 2018 — but Messi did not make the cut for the finalists, though Ronaldo did. Messi has won it a record seven times, while Ronaldo has claimed five.

The Sporting News will be covering the 2022 Ballon d’Or event, the seven award rankings, and all the news and color throughout the day. Check back here for updates throughout the day on Monday.

MORE: The final rankings for the 2021 Ballon d’Or awards

What are the Ballon d’Or awards?

There are a total of seven awards that will be handed out on Monday. The Gerd Muller Trophy and Club of the Year were awarded for the first time in 2021.

  • Men’s Ballon d’Or (Player of the Year)
  • Women’s Ballon d’Or (Player of the Year)
  • Kopa Trophy (Best Under-21 men’s player)
  • Yashin Trophy (Best men’s goalkeeper)
  • Gerd Muller Trophy (top scorer for club and national team combined)
  • Socrates Award (new award in 2022 recognizing player acts of solidarity)
  • Club of the Year (last year it was the club with most Ballon d’Or nominees)

Ballon d’Or final results (men)

The ranking reveal started well before the formal ceremony kicks off. They leave the top 10 for the formal ceremony.

Here are the 10 players that are left to be ranked: Benzema, Courtois, De Bruyne, Haaland, Lewandowski, Mane, Mbappe, Modric, Salah, and Vinicius Jr.

Name Position Club National Team
11. Son Heung-min FW Tottenham South Korea
12. Riyad Mahrez FW Man City Algeria
13. Sebastien Haller FW Ajax /
B. Dortmund
Ivory Coast
14. Fabinho MF Liverpool Brazil
  Rafael Leao FW AC Milan Portugal
16. Virgil van Dijk DF Liverpool Netherlands
17. Casemiro MF Real Madrid Brazil
  Dusan Vlahovic FW Juventus Serbia
  Luis Diaz FW Liverpool Colombia
20. Cristiano Ronaldo FW Man United Portugal
21. Harry Kane FW Tottenham England
22. Trent Alexander-Arnold DF Liverpool England
  Phil Foden FW Man City England
  Bernardo Silva MF Man City Portugal
25. Joshua Kimmich MF Bayern Munich Germany
  Mike Maignan GK AC Milan France
  Antonio Rudiger DF Chelsea /
Real Madrid
  Joao Cancelo DF Man City Portugal
  Christopher Nkunku FW RB Leipzig France
  Darwin Nunez  FW Benfica /

What time is Ballon d’Or ceremony

The formal ceremony for the 66th edition of the Ballon d’Or will kick off at 8:30 p.m. local time (14:30 ET / 19:30 BST) at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, France. But the red carpet coverage will kick off roughly 30 minutes before.

Award organizers France Football will begin unveiling the men’s Ballon d’Or rankings four hours before beginning at 4:30 p.m. Paris time, as a way of building up the buzz for the event. They will leave the top 10 reveal for the formal ceremony.

Where to watch Ballon d’Or 2022

Only a few select countries, including Australia (SBS) and the USA (Paramount+), will have a local broadcaster carrying the show. The rest of the world can tune in to the live stream provided by France Football via the channels of French sister publication L’Equipe.

  Date Time TV channel Streaming
Australia Tue, Oct. 18 05:30 AEST SBS SBS On Demand
Canada Mon, Oct. 17 14:30 ET —, DAZN YouTube
India Tue, Oct. 18 00:00 IST Sony TEN 2 SonyLIV app/site
Malaysia Tue, Oct. 18 02:30 MT L’Equipe site, YouTube
New Zealand Tue, Oct. 18 07:30 NZST L’Equipe site, YouTube
Singapore Tue, Oct. 18 02:30 SST L’Equipe site, YouTube
UK Mon, Oct. 17 19:30 BST L’Equipe site, YouTube
USA Mon, Oct. 17 14:30 ET Paramount+

Ballon d’Or live stream

Outside of those countries with a dedicated broadcaster, the rest can tune in via the YouTube channel and web site of France Football’s sister publication L’Equipe.

Ballon d’Or live updates

All times ET

1:37 p.m.: A look at the hosts of tonight’s ceremony of the 66th Ballon d’Or. It’s legend Didier Drogba and French journalist Sandy Heribert. The duo have hosted the last three ceremonies (2019, 2021, and now 2022).

Even if you don’t speak French, you’ll appreciate the behind-the-scenes look with the two hosts.

1:36 p.m.: More arrivals. It’s time for Bayern’s Sadio Mane and RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku.

1:30 p.m.: No one will complain about watching a Karim Benzema hype video. It’s his day after all.

1:17 p.m.: Great to see Andriy Shevchenko repping Ukraine at the Ballon d’Or. He won the trophy in 2004.

1:14 p.m.: Players in tuxes. Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and the Three Amigos from Barcelona. Gavi, Lewa, and Pedri.

1:05 p.m.: Red carpet action begins in rainy Paris. Here’s USWNT’s Trinity Rodman, Dortmund forward Sebastien Haller, and Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.

12:50 p.m.: Tottenham’s Son Heung-min takes the No. 11 spot, which means the Top 10 will include (in alphabetical order): Benzema, Courtois, De Bruyne, Haaland, Lewandowski, Mane, Mbappe, Modric, Salah, and Vinicius Jr.

12:28 p.m.: How about Rafael Leao (No. 14) ranked ahead of his Portuguese teammate Cristiano Ronaldo (No. 20). The team achievements may have influenced this ranking since Leao’s AC Milan won the Italian title.

The other eyebrow-raiser in this latest batch is Riyad Mahrez (No. 12) ranked way ahead of teammate Bernardo Silva (No. 12), who was so good (and important) for City last season. But production matters, and Mahrez found a way to rack up 24 goals and 9 assists in 2021/22, while Silva had 13 goals / 7 assists.

11:52 a.m.: Cristiano Ronaldo at No. 20 is a bit of a surprise. He had a solid goal-scoring season, but according to the new criteria the fact that his team didn’t win anything may have hurt his chances to rank higher.

11:34 a.m.: Another five players and a handful of Englishmen on the list including Harry Kane, Phil Foden, and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

11:10 a.m.: They’ve dropped the first six names — these all tied for last place. And if the Liverpool vs. Man City this weekend wasn’t enough to show you the talented Darwin Nunez needs plenty more work, this ranking makes it clear.

Mike Maignan and Christopher Nkunku being part of the bottom six is a bit of a surprise given their respective seasons (and that of their clubs). But the competition is fierce when you’re among the top 30 players in the world.

11:00 a.m.: Interesting how serendipitous the last few months have been for Frenchman Karim Benzema. Winning the Champions League in Paris, and coming back to the city for the Ballon d’Or and potentially having Zinedine Zidane — France’s last Ballon d’Or winner in 1998 — hand it to him.

10:56 a.m.: Still no update on ranking reveal. But is reporting that Karim Benzema is due an automatic one-year contract extension if he were to win the Ballon d’Or. Apparently the same happened with Luka Modric in 2018.

9:16 a.m.: More potential winners traveling to Paris? Beth Mead is a possible winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or, while Bukayo Saka is a contender for the Kopa trophy as best Under-21 player.

8:45 a.m.: A reminder that the first names on the men’s Ballon d’Or ranking drop at 10:30 a.m. ET (3:30 p.m. UK). They’ll start with No. 30 and work their way up to No. 11. They’ll leave the Top 10 for the ceremony.

8:37 a.m.: Hope they left space in that plane for the trophies that are likely coming home. Karim Benzema is the popular pick to claim the Ballon d’Or, while Thibaut Courtois should win the Yashin trophy as best goalkeeper.

ESPN’s Gustavo Hofman says Vinicius Jr was also set to travel at one point, but Real Madrid “opted not to release more players outside of the winners.” 

Who will win Ballon d’Or?

With pre-ceremony odds of -2500 (1/25 or 1.04), Karim Benzema is practically a shoo-in to win the 2022 Ballon d’Or.  

The following odds come courtesy of Canada-based Sports Interaction, who hung the following numbers in the lead-up to the event. It’s nonetheless interesting to see the names of the three players who have the next best odds behind Benzema.

Player Club (2021/22) Nationality Odds
Karim Benzema Real Madrid France -2500
Sadio Mane Liverpool Senegal +1049
Mohamed Salah Liverpool Egypt +1223
Kylian Mbappe PSG France +1748
Kevin de Bruyne Man City Belgium +2184
Virgil van Dijk Liverpool Netherlands +2621
Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Poland +2621
Cristiano Ronaldo Man United Portugal +3495

MORE: Which Real Madrid players have won the Ballon d’Or?

How does voting for Ballon d’Or work?

Voting for the Ballon d’Or was revamped following the controversial victory by Lionel Messi over Robert Lewandowski in the 2021 edition.

The goal of award organizers France Football was to present more clearly defined voting criteria and make voting more selective in order that the final award does not turn into a popularity contest. 

How finalists are determined

Awards organizers France Football generated the list of candidates for each award from three sources: 

  • France Football and L’Equipe journalists
  • Former great and Ballon d’Or ambassador Didier Drogba
  • Media members whose 2021 voting ballot matched the final rankings

New Ballon d’Or voting process for 2022

There were a handful of changes to the voting process introduced for 2022. 

Media voters are now limited to a single media member from the top 100 countries in the FIFA rankings for men, and the top 50 nations from women’s rankings. The belief is that this will ensure a more knowledgeable voter base given the importance of football in the country and the likelihood matches from around the world are available.

Voting criteria were updated to eliminate consideration for overall career performance and instead focus on three main factors:

  1. Individual performance in previous season from August-July (no longer by calendar year);
  2. Team success during the previous season;
  3. Player behavior and fair play during the season in consideration.

Ballon d’Or 2022 finalists (Men)

While Karim Benzema is the favorite as La Liga and Champions League winner and top scorer, the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Kevin De Bruyne, are among those believed to have an outside shot, according to the betting odds.

Name Position Club National Team
Trent Alexander-Arnold DF Liverpool England
Karim Benzema FW Real Madrid France
Joao Cancelo DF Manchester City Portugal
Casemiro MF Real Madrid Brazil
Thibaut Courtois GK Real Madrid Belgium
Cristiano Ronaldo FW Manchester United Portugal
Kevin De Bruyne MF Manchester City Belgium
Luis Diaz FW Porto / Liverpool Colombia
Fabinho MF Liverpool Brazil
Phil Foden FW Manchester City England
Erling Haaland FW Borussia Dortmund
(now Manchester City)
Sebastien Haller FW Ajax
(now Borussia Dortmund)
Ivory Coast
Harry Kane FW Tottenham Hotspur England
Joshua Kimmich MF Bayern Munich Germany
Rafael Leao FW AC Milan Portugal
Robert Lewandowski FW Bayern Munich
(now Barcelona)
Riyad Mahrez FW Manchester City Algeria
Mike Maignan GK AC Milan France
Sadio Mane FW Liverpool
(now Bayern Munich)
Kylian Mbappe FW PSG France
Luka Modric MF Real Madrid Croatia
Christopher Nkunku FW RB Leipzig France
Darwin Nunez FW Benfica
(now Liverpool)
Antonio Rudiger DF Chelsea (now Real Madrid) Germany
Mohamed Salah FW Liverpool Egypt
Bernardo Silva MF Manchester City Portugal
Son Heung-min FW Tottenham Hotspur South Korea
Virgil van Dijk DF Liverpool Netherlands
Vinicius Junior FW Real Madrid Brazil
Dusan Vlahovic FW Fiorentina/Juventus Serbia

2022 Ballon d’Or Finalists (Women)

The nominees include last year’s winner Alexia Putellas, EA FIFA 23 cover star Sam Kerr, three American national team players, and three members of England’s Euro 2022 winning side. However, Putellas missed the Euros and her Barcelona side lost the Champions League final, which could count against her.

MORE: Who will win the women’s 2022 Ballon d’Or?

Name Position Club National Team
Selma Bacha DF Lyon France
Aitana Bonmati MF Barcelona Spain
Millie Bright DF Chelsea England
Lucy Bronze DF Manchester City
(now Barcelona)
Kadidiatou Diani FW PSG France
Christiane Endler GK Lyon Chile
Ada Hegerberg FW Lyon Norway
Marie-Antoinette Katoto FW PSG France
Sam Kerr FW Chelsea Australia
Catarina Macario MF/FW Lyon USA
Beth Mead FW Arsenal England
Vivianne Miedema FW Arsenal Netherlands
Alex Morgan FW Orlando Pride
(now San Diego Wave)
Lena Oberdorf MF VfL Wolfsburg Germany
Asisat Oshoala FW Barcelona Nigeria
Alexandra Popp FW VfL Wolfsburg Germany
Alexia Putellas MF Barcelona Spain
Wendie Renard DF Lyon France
Trinity Rodman FW Washington Spirit USA
Fridolina Rolfo FW Barcelona Sweden

2022 Kopa Trophy finalists

This is the award for best young player (Under-21), and half the nominees play in the Bundesliga. Barcelona’s Pedri did not have enough appearances to make the final cut, per France Football

Name Position Club National Team
Karim Adeyemi FW Borussia Dortmund Germany
Jude Bellingham MF Borussia Dortmund England
Eduardo Camavinga MF Real Madrid France
Gavi MF Barcelona Spain
Ryan Gravernberch MF Ajax Netherlands
Josko Gvardiol DF RB Leipzig Croatia
Nuno Mendes DF PSG Portugal
Jamal Musiala MF Bayern Munich Germany
Bukayo Saka FW Arsenal England
Florian Wirtz MF Bayer Leverkusen Germany

2022 Yashin Trophy finalists

This is the award for top men’s goalkeeper. Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois, AC Milan’s Mike Maignan, and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp are the favorites. Courtois was Man of the Match in the Champions League final, Maignan led his team to the Serie A title, and Trapp helped his club to the Europa League trophy.

Name Position Club National Team
Alisson Becker GK Liverpool Brazil
Yassine Bounou GK Sevilla Morocco
Thibaut Courtois GK Real Madrid Belgium
Ederson GK Manchester City Brazil
Hugo Lloris GK Tottenham Hotspur France
Mike Maignan GK AC Milan France
Edouard Mendy GK Chelsea Senegal
Manuel Neuer GK Bayern Munich Germany
Jan Oblak GK Atletico Madrid Slovenia
Kevin Trapp GK Eintracht Frankfurt Germany

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