The Ballon d’Or 2022 will crown the best players in men’s and women’s football of the 2021/22 season on Monday, in the 66th edition of the men’s trophy and the fourth edition of the women’s.
Taking place on Monday, October 17, the 2022 Ballon d’Or takes place at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and the best footballers of the 2021/22 season will be in attendance, all hoping to be holders of the Ballon d’Or by the end of the night.
Indeed, the format has changed for the 2022 Ballon d’Or. Gone are the days when the award encompassed an entire calendar year – now it focuses on each season, which ran from August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022, hence the awards ceremony earlier than normal this year.
As well as announcing the men’s Ballon d’Or, the women’s winner, the Kopa Trophy (awarded to the best player under 21) and the Yashin Trophy (awarded to the best goalkeeper) will also be revealed.
How to watch Ballon d’Or 2022: What channel is the Ballon d’Or ceremony broadcast on?
The 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony will be broadcast on Eurosport app and website (opens in a new tab).
The French sports daily L’Equipe will also broadcast broadcast live on its channels (opens in a new tab).
The gala will take place on Monday, October 17, with the ceremony taking place from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. BST. It will take place in French and English, and the aforementioned channels will broadcast all the action.
Who are the nominees for the Ballon d’Or?
The nominees for the Ballon d’Or were announced in August. A shortlist of 30 names in men will be voted on, while women consist of 20 players. A top three will be announced on Monday.
The male nominees for the 2022 Ballon d’Or are:
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
João Cancelo (Manchester City)
Casemiro (Real Madrid – now Manchester United)
Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Luis Diaz (Porto and Liverpool)
Phil Foden (Manchester City)
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund – now Manchester City)
Sebastien Haller (Ajax – now Borussia Dortmund)
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Rafael Leao (AC Milan)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich – now Barcelona)
Riyadh Mahrez (Manchester City)
Mike Maignan (AC Milan)
Sadio Mané (Liverpool – now Bayern Munich)
Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)
Darwin Núñez (Benfica – now Liverpool)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus and Manchester United)
Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea – now Real Madrid)
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
Son Heung Min (Tottenham)
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)
Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina and Juventus)
The nominees for the 2022 Women’s Ballon d’Or are:
Selma Bacha (Lyon)
Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona)
Millie Bright (Chelsea)
Lucy Bronze (Manchester City – now Barcelona)
Kadidiatou Diani (PSG)
Christiane Endler (Lyon)
Ada Hegerberg (Lyon)
Marie Antoinette Katoto (PSG)
Sam Kerr (Chelsea)
Catarina Macaire (Lyon)
Beth Mead (Arsenal)
Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal)
Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride – now San Diego Wave)
Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg)
Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona)
Alexandra Popp (Wolfsburg)
Alexia Putellas (Barcelona)
Wendie Renard (Lyon)
Trinity Rodman (Spirit of Washington)
Fridolina Rolfo (Barcelona)
Who are the Ballon d’Or favourites?
According to the bookmakers, there can only be one winner for the male prize. That man? Karim Benzema.
Champions League knockout hat-tricks against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea helped Real Madrid qualify for the Champions League final, where they eventually beat Liverpool, while their golden boot in La Liga allowed Real Madrid to achieve the double.
Benzema also scored in the Nations League final for France, helping his country win even more international silverware.
Meanwhile, Alexia Putellas is the favorite to win the women’s award and claim the crown in consecutive years. Despite missing Euro 2022 through injury, the Spaniard performed at a ridiculously high level for her club Barcelona throughout last season, scoring 28 goals in all competitions from midfield. pitch en route to victory in Liga F.
She and Barcelona also narrowly missed a hat-trick, reaching the Women’s Champions League final where they were eventually beaten by Lyon.
Chelsea’s Sam Kerr and Arsenal’s Beth Mead both have very promising chances of winning the Ballon d’Or Féminin, however, after both had outstanding seasons – Kerr mainly for Chelsea while Mead has been applauded by the England.
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