Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema wins the 2022 Men’s Ballon d’Or award. Benzema won the La Liga and the Champions League with Madrid last year.
Ballon d’Or 2022 : Winners | Where to watch | Live
The 2022 Ballon d’Or was the 66th annual ceremony of the Ballon d’Or, presented by France Football, recognising the best footballers in the world in the 2021–22 season.
|Date||17 October 2022|
|Location||Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris|
|Presented by||France Football|
|Hosted by||Sandy Heribert
The nominees for the ceremony were announced on 12 August 2022.
For the first time in the history of the award, it was given based on the results of the season (August 2021–July 2022) instead of the calendar year.
Ballon d or 2022 Winners
Real Madrid and France star Karim Benzema won the Ballon d’Or 2022 award, becoming the first Frenchman to do so since Zinedine Zidane did in 1998.
Karim Benzema won the men’s Ballon d’Or 2022 award in Paris on Monday to cap off an incredible 2021-22 European football season.
- Ballon d or 2022 Winners : Karim Benzema
The Real Madrid striker also became the first Frenchman to claim the award since Zinedine Zidane did in 1998. Benzema led Madrid to the Champions League and La Liga titles last season.
He scored 44 goals in 46 matches, including 15 in the Champions League. Some of the 34-year-old’s major exploits included a 17-minute second-half hat-trick against PSG in the round of 16 of Champions League, and then another away vs Chelsea in the quarter-final first leg.
He also found the back of the net thrice over both legs of the semi-final fixture against Manchester City.
After receiving the award, Benzema said, “This makes me really proud, all the work I did, I never gave up”.
“I had two role models in my life, Zidane and Ronaldo as well. I always had this dream in my mind that everything’s possible. There was a difficult period where I wasn’t in the French team but I worked hard and never gave up, kept my head down and enjoyed playing football.”
Where to watch
The 2022 Ballon D’Or award ceremony will be held on October 17 in Paris. In India, it will be aired on October 18, Tuesday.
It will begin at 12:00 AM IST on Tuesday, October 18.
The Ballon D’Or 2022 ceremony will be aired live on Sony TEN 2 and Sony TEN 2 HD TV channels in India.
The Live Steaming of Ballon D’Or 2022 ceremony will be available on the SonyLIV app and website.
The Ballon d’Or enters its 66th edition as the award ceremony is set to take place in the third quarter of the year as compared to the last quarter of the year so far, reason being the performances over a season will be taken in consideration as compared to a year.
Lionel Messi has won a record seven titles including the Ballon d’Or 2021, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo with a total of five and having last won it in 2017. Alexis Putellas won the last Women’s Ballon d’Or title.
October 17, 2022
Theatre du Chatelet, Paris
The Ballon d’Or 2022 ceremony will take place on October 17, 2022 at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. The start time of the ceremony is 7:30pm BST (2:30pm ET) and it will run until 11pm BST (6pm ET).