Benzema in top spot: 2022 Ballon d’Or power rankings – Top 10 list

The 2022 Ballon d’Or ceremony is set to take place in October.

The award’s new format will ensure that the best player of the 2021/22 season wins the prize.

Keeping in mind all the format changes and the latest results across Europe’s top 5 leagues and the Champions League, let’s list the best-positioned players to claim the award.

10. Erling Haaland.

9. Pedri.

8. Sadio Mane.

7. Trent Alexander-Arnold.

6. Vinicius Jr.

5. Kevin de Bruyne

Does the football world owe the Belgian a Ballon d’Or?

Following the last year’s upset, De Bruyne seems to be finally ready to claim the Champions League trophy with Manchester City – and he’s definitely going to play a key role this time again.

4. Kylian Mbappe

PSG are no longer in contention to win the Champions League, yet Mbappe’s individual figures are astonishing.

Mbappe will likely become the Ligue 1 top goalscorer AND the player with the most league assists at the end of the season.

3. Mohamed Salah

The Liverpool superstar seemed to be an obvious Ballon d’Or contender in the first half of the season.

He has suffered a dip in form lately, blanking in crucial Champions League clashes and scoring just 4 Premier League goals in the last 8 games.

2. Robert Lewandowski

The Polish striker was a clear-cut Ballon d’Or favourite a few weeks ago – things have changed since then as Bayern Munich are one step from the Champions League elimination.

49 goal contributions in 39 games this season still make the 33-year-old a strong prize contender anyway.

1. Karim Benzema

3 goals against PSG, 3 goals in the first leg against Chelsea – these are the episodes Benzema will be strongly remembered by Ballon d’Or voters in autumn.

37 goals, 13 assists and a solid bid for the Champions League glory. This makes the 34-year-old the favourite to claim the cherished prize.

‘Mole’ in the locker room: Why Real Madrid reveal starting lineups 2+ hours before games

There is a reason why Real Madrid have begun revealing their starting lineups much earlier than other teams do.

Carlo Ancelotti is aware that there is a ‘mole’ in the locker room who leaks starting elevens to a well-known radio station minutes before the club announce them, reports Jose Padilla.

This is why Real Madrid have decided to start publishing the lineups 2-2,5 hours before games – unlike other clubs that do it around 1,5 hours before the kick-off.

This began approximately two months ago. At first, it seemed suspicious but then it became a pattern.

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