Karim Benzema beats Sadio Mane and Kevin De Bruyne to win 2022 Ballon d'Or
Real Madrid's French striker Karim Benzema on Monday, October 17 won the 2022 Ballon d'Or.
Benzema won football's most prestigious individual award this after helping to guide his team to the Champions League title.
Benzema had the best season of his 13-year career at Real, scoring 44 goals with 15 assists in all competitions as they won a LaLiga-Champions League double.
The 34-year-old topped the scoring charts in both competitions and netted hat-tricks against Paris St Germain and Chelsea in the knockout stages to secure Real's progress.
He is only the fourth French player and the first to win the trophy since Zinedine Zidane in 1998.
From this year, the trophy will be awarded on the basis of a regular season from August to July rather than a calendar year.
Real Madrid's victory over Liverpool gave them their 14th European Cup triumph -- twice as many as the next most successful team AC Milan.
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